Saturday, February 14, 2009
Andres Duany led a presentation of the six master plan designs articulating the challenges the team has encountered and highlighting some of the innovations they have developed to date. Fundamentally, Mr. Duany said, suburban sprawl is predicated on cheap fuel and normative financing. The recent changes in the economy, turmoil in the banking world and the tremendous growth in the older adult population will change the formula that made sprawl so successful.
Urbanism by definition can address fundamental problems facing an aging population including isolation, decreased mobility, limited housing options, poor health and healthcare. Retrofitting existing communities with urban strategies, he argued will not only reconnect fragmented neighborhoods that rely solely on the car for access to all services and amenities, but provide solutions to aging populations where they currently live.
After Mr. Duany's talk, attendees were able to engage directly with the design teams to explore details of the master plans and discuss unresolved challenges and concerns.