A Placemaking Approach to Design

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Webinar On-Demand
Sponsored by Vectorworks, Inc.
Presented by Sarah Barrett

Learning Objectives:

  1. Describe the concept of comprehensive land use planning and how it can enhance the long-term value of a site.
  2. Recognize and support new and innovative approaches to site design and master planning that promote the health and welfare of area residents.
  3. Analyze how a proper understanding and management of land with urban density can allow for parks, green space, and the creation of public spaces.
  4. Discuss the adaptive reuse project of a contaminated industrial brown field claimed by the local community for public use and how the site has kept its industrial heritage by reusing materials and infrastructure.


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Course may qualify for Learning Hours with NWTAA
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The days of designing for a discrete project are numbered. While creating socially sustainable environments that improve the health and well-being of community members is now a given, today's most forward-thinking architects are finding it their mission to go beyond their project in terms of both space and time—to consider, and even encourage, land use patterns in the surrounding area, and to anticipate, and even influence, future events and unexpected consequences. Best practice has become to design not only for the footprint of the project and its surrounding area but also for the timeline of the property and the people who will use it in years to come. This webinar will illustrate the practices of land use planning, placemaking, and intelligent urbanism and how implementing these practices can have a positive effect on individuals and surrounding communities throughout the life cycle of a project. Three case studies will be presented that show effective planning in action.

Aerial view of a land development.


New planning modalities think beyond the property line to determine—and even encourage—future land use patterns.

Sarah Barrett Since joining Vectorworks, Inc. in February of 2015, Architect Product Specialist Sarah Barrett quickly used her academic and professional expertise in the field of parametric modeling to become the company’s go-to expert on Marionette, the integrated graphical scripting tool in Vectorworks software. Sarah combines her experience with multiple graphical scripting programs with more than a decade of experience with Vectorworks design software to help create best practices for Marionette users and help others learn the ins and outs of the tool. While you might recognize Sarah as the host of the Marionette Monday webinar series, she also has experience as an architect and graphic designer. Sarah has a master's degree in architecture from the University of Michigan and a Bachelor of Arts in architectural studies from Brown University.

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Originally published in June 2017