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Cornell:

Being an urban planner-to be I thought it would be worth while going out to Cornell, Markham with some friends to see the "New Urbanist" community being built  out. As you can see these new homes attempt to get away from the concept of the alrge garage on the front of the house and rather return to the old pre-war era concept of laneways. This is but one of the new urbanist concepts being applied here (with the exception of those houses at the end of the road -- those semis seeemed to come out of no where are break the theme certainly). The idea is to create more pedestrian friendly neighbourhoods with greater densities and more grid-like street patterns to encourage and support public transit usage. At the centre of the community densities increase and retail opportunities are being provided. It will be interesting to see how successful this development will be over the next many years but good for Markham for going out on a limb and trying something "new".

Post Processing (PP): an in raw editor contrast drop and saturation enhancement.

-sL

If you're interested drop by my VFXY page here.



Cornell:

Being an urban planner-to be I thought it would be worth while going out to Cornell, Markham with some friends to see the "New Urbanist" community being built  out. As you can see these new homes attempt to get away from the concept of the alrge garage on the front of the house and rather return to the old pre-war era concept of laneways. This is but one of the new urbanist concepts being applied here (with the exception of those houses at the end of the road -- those semis seeemed to come out of no where are break the theme certainly). The idea is to create more pedestrian friendly neighbourhoods with greater densities and more grid-like street patterns to encourage and support public transit usage. At the centre of the community densities increase and retail opportunities are being provided. It will be interesting to see how successful this development will be over the next many years but good for Markham for going out on a limb and trying something "new".

Post Processing (PP): an in raw editor contrast drop and saturation enhancement.

-sL

If you're interested drop by my VFXY page here.



comments (7)

  • Mia
  • 20 Apr 2007, 07:59
My dad would love this too tongue him being way past an urban planner lol

Crisp, clean shot! Its almost refreshing to see sunshine on your end
Iain Myrans: oh trust me... the sun is nice and has been a rarity! That day was sunny for about 2 minutes and I just happened to be taking photos at the time! Yesterday was out first real day of sun in two or three weeks and it was warm! My photo for April 21 is very spring-esk and was taken yesterday in the sun! smile
Oh wow interesting shot: was just at the APA conference in Philly this week, which was great!! and they had some sessions of course which talked abt new Urbainsm n co; am also working on my thesis now which is looking at how zoning codes need to amended to encourage these types of developments n walkability in built out cities-interesting and a lot of work. Also managed to take some interesting pix of d-town Philly despite the snow, rain and cloudy skies wld post them soon. This pictures reminds me of some new communities being built in Columbia, Maryland- nice n quite spacious inside despite the compact look.
  • mal
  • 20 Apr 2007, 16:48
looks quite a smart neibourhood Iain! Very deserted to! mal
It's a big improvment over what suburbia normally is, but i'm still not a huge fan, and where are all the Humvee's suppose to park with no garrage.. sheesh...

-V V-
  • Ellie
  • 21 Apr 2007, 00:08
They've tried to make pedestrian friendly areas here, doesn't work though because public transport os almost non-existant and the pavements end up filled with parked cars! This looks nice though, and I hope the plans work out.
Very nice composition and sharp details : Thumbs up !!
beats me where the wildlife fits into the new concept... theres nicer layouts avail on the idea new idealism - this scene sucks in my interpretation sorry! the trees would look good alone on the layout...nature left to decide the path of success...let the greenery take hold!

~ Rab
Iain Myrans: I'm not saying it's good, i'm just saying they're trying. You didn't say where you're based so I'm not sure what context you're speaking from. Southern Ontario suburban development has become typically pathetic in trying to achieve any kind of larger social goals. My point here is that at least Markham is trying to get developers to start thinking differently again. Cornell has many problems but it's a start towards something new.

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