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The Regional and Urban Design Committee (RUDC) aims to improve the quality of the regional and urban environment by promoting excellence in design, planning, and public policy in the built environment. This will be achieved through its member and public education, in concert with allied community and professional groups. Join us!

2024 Symposium

The 2024 symposium will be held in Indianapolis, IN in November. Stay tuned for dates and location. Registration will open in July.

2023 RUDC Symposium

The RUDC Symposium, held in Washington, DC October 19-20, covered emerging trends, theories, and technologies that are shaping the future of regional and urban design. Watch the engaging highlight and speaker videos >.

Sustainable Urban Design Handbook - New Resource

  • 1.  Sustainable Urban Design Handbook - New Resource

    Posted 17 days ago

    Wanted to share that we just published the Sustainable Urban Design Handbook - Hoping this is a helpful resource for urban designers, architects, landscape architects, planners, elected officials, and community stakeholders.  The book organizes more than 50 urban design elements critical to sustainability in a way that is easy to understand. It combines latest research and professional best practices, and we worked hard to make it graphically rich with hundreds of images, diagrams, and examples from across the globe. Hoping it will be helpful as a design tool, evaluation tool, and as a stakeholder engagement tool.  I have talked with many people on this list about this approach and book project for years - so happy it is finally out and available.  

    You can see the organizing framework and excerpts here: Sustainable Urban Design Framework (framework is also copied below) and can find the book itself here: The Sustainable Urban Design Handbook.  Would love to hear any feedback about this work - always looking at how to improve it and make it more usable.  

    Best,
    -Nico

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    The Sustainable Urban Design Handbook
    Amazon.com: The Sustainable Urban Design Handbook: 9781138945692: Larco, Nico, Knudson, Kaarin: Books
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    Nicolas Larco, AIA
    Professor in Architecture and Urban Design
    Director of the Urbanism Next Center
    University of Oregon
    Portland OR
    nlarco@uoregon.edu
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