By Errol Cowan, PhD Planned densification (PD) was conceived of by Mark Smith in the 1990s and outlined in the June 2009 issue of Urban Land. The concept is simple and makes intuitive sense. As communities grow, their need and demand for accommodating density increases as does market support for it. Integrative long-term public and private planning for intensified future density... Read More
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Why Planned Densification?
In our experience, to more reliably accomplish it, we need to plan the overall process (-ation) for building urban density. To explain, we're posting a series called 'Why Planned Densification?'
TWO KEY ISSUES
First, because it is the real estate development process that produces density, we focus on real estate development feasibilities. These feasibilties require that the many component processes of real estate be aligned at the time of capital commitment.
Second, urban betterment programs and objectives add to the component processes (and tasks) of real estate development. Thus, to achieve Smart Growth, New Urbanism, green building, compact communities, we also focus on business process redesign--the 'how to' change from what is to what could be.
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