Townbuilders

Townbuilders

Townbuilders is a production of the National Townbuilder’s Association, the implementers of the New Urbanism. The NTBA is a group of the leading developers, builders and architects building walkable new urban neighborhoods, and better cities, across the globe. Here are their stories.

Episodes

August 10, 2020 28 min
Leadership through Townbuilding, How Do You Manage a Project During a Pandemic?
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Market Outlook, Uncertainty, and the Sustainability of Urbanism
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How Pandemics Affect Cities. Are Compounds the Architecture of the Future?
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Marketing Walkable Neighborhoods
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A History of Weathering Downturns. Why Treating People Right Matters.
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Eric Kronberg of Kronberg Urbanists + Architects joins the podcast to discuss Atlanta development and sensible zoning reforms.
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Aaron talks with Ward Davis about financing for good urbanism, what works and what does not. Davis is principal at High Street Real Estate & Development, developer of The Village of Hendrix, in Conway, Arkansas, and currently developing two new urban neighborhoods and various infill projects in rapidly growing northwest Arkansas. Previously, Mr. Davis was a corporate finance investment banker with a focus on private equity an...
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Aaron talks with Frank Starkey, a developer in New Port Richey, FL and board member of the Congress for the New Urbanism
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Aaron discusses co-housing, affordable housing, and urban development strategies with Eli Spevak
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Aaron chats with John Marsh of Marsh Collective and Redemptification from Opelika, Alabama http://redemptification.com
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Aaron kicks off the second season of the Townbuilder’s Podcast with the newly appointed Executive Director of the Congress for the New Urbanism, Rick Cole. Rick talks about the need to engage the next generation of New Urbanist practitioners, the state of the organization, the timelessness of the Charter’s principles, and how he hopes to pivot CNU to ensure organizational success for decades to come.
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Aaron talks with Marta Goldsmith, the Director of the Form-Based Codes Institute about the successes of form-based codes, a focal point of the NTBA’s Fall 2021 Roundtable in Ft. Worth, Texas. Marta discusses what form-based codes are, how fast they are expanding, why Euclidean rules are still the norm, and how governments are using form-based codes to return cities to traditional urbanism.
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Aaron talks with Bill Allison of Allison Ramsey Architect about what urbanists have to learn from third world slums, his long running relationship with Habitat for Humanity, and how builders and developers use his massive stock plan catalogue of traditional architecture to create better places.
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Aaron talks with Brad Lonberger of Place Strategies about his experiences writing form-based codes, the unique idiosyncrasies of development in Texas, urban development in conservative metros, and a teaser for NTBA’s 2021 Fall Roundtable in Ft. Worth, TX.
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Aaron talks with Mike Hathorne of Commun1ty.one about his unique research within the Mormon (LDS) community along Utah’s Wasatch Front, showing that community and church success both correlate with diverse neighborhoods. His theory, proven by results, is that homogenous housing development makes for weaker communities, and ultimately LDS “ward collapse.” Mike parlays this belief into a strong critique of the build-to-rent develop...
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Aaron talks with Monte Anderson of Options Real Estate in Dallas about his founding of the CNU spin-off Incremental Development Alliance, how he took the early steps to catalyze districts such as Bishop Arts, and why code reform should be the top priority for cities to foster local equity.
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Aaron talks with Fernando Pages Ruiz, one of the most ambitious and successful builders of true affordable housing. Fernando talks about how every stud matters, new innovations in materials, and what cities have to do to stay affordable.
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Aaron talks with Louis Nequette of Nequette Architecture and Design, an early entrant into the build-to-rent space, where he has proven that student housing can be inspiring. Louis is one of the best New Urbanist architects practicing today, and he shares what he has learned about navigating the twin development pressures of managing project costs while creating great places.
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Aaron talks with Mike Ciriello, the Planning Director in Butner, NC about the NTBA’s Spring 2021 visioning exercises in Butner, NC, including what worked and what could be added in future offerings. Mike also talks about how difficult it is to do walkable urbanism in highly regulated Southern watersheds, and why there is such a shortage of good urbanist planning, design, and development talent.
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