Urban Design Studio

Moving our city and region towards a sustainable future


Jane’s Walk-Portland
Nov. 14, 2016 - Jane's Walk is a global movement of citizen led walking tours. The tours focus on the legacy of Jane Jacobs by getting neighbors to tell stories about their communities, explore their cities, and connect with each other.
Collaborative Creative Placemaking
Oct. 19, 2016 - Inspired by the great work by the Better Block Foundation on their new Wikiblock: a toolkit for Creating Better Blocks, we at the Urban Design Studio and City Collaborative are working to catalog the tactical urbanism tools we have used from recycled materials and new builds on projects such as ReSurfaced and Park(ing) Day.
Strong Towns Conference Sept 24-25
Sept. 16, 2016 - The Strong Towns Conference will be a great opportunity to learn about various aspects of building a better Louisville, from historic preservation, economics, urban design, transportation and more.
What Makes a Great Neighborhood?
Aug. 1, 2016 - Tonight was a pretty amazing night to just sit outside, enjoy Rowan’s Creek on the rocks and listen to some good music. 73 degrees, a slight breeze, a blue moon over Kentucky passing through a veil of tree leaves in an almost cloudless sky. Crickets and other insects chirping away and oddly, the distinct scent of damp wood, reminiscent of sitting on a boat dock on a lake. It’s the simple relaxing pleasure of doing nothing in particular on a night like this that makes life in Louisville wonderful.
Google Maps Pac-Man and Street Connectivity
Mar. 31, 2016 - Google has been known for taking its existing software and injecting fun and quirky diversions. Now, for a limited time, Google has added the classic arcade game Pac-Man to Google Maps.
Urban Acupuncture in Action in Louisville: A catalyst in a sea of surface lots
Mar. 09, 2016 - Large scale developments certainly have the potential to immediately transform their local area and beyond, but they take a great deal of time and often require large incentives to lure companies and developers to the table, particularly for urban infill projects. Sometimes smaller scale projects can have a big impact and begin to improve both the experience and the perception of neighborhoods much quicker. On a recent tour of Flavorman and the Distilled Spirits Epicenter in Louisville, we had a chance to see a great example of this in action.
City State Radio
September 26, 2019 - City State is an experimental urban affairs radio show on WXOX 97.1 Louisville, streaming live on http://artxfm.com. Patrick Piuma, Director of the Urban Design Studio, co-hosts the show with fellow urban planner Pat Smith and landscape architect Patrick Henry.

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