The Urban Assembly Kit-School of Architecture - Carnegie Mellon University

Friday, March 12, 2010

The Urban Assembly Kit

A Lecture by Raymond L. Gindroz, FAIA

Friday, 19 March 2010, 10:30 am
Margaret Morrison Carnegie Hall
Room MMCH 203

Louisiana Speaks is a region-wide planning and design program that was initiated in the aftermath of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. Urban Design Associates led the production of two documents: The Louisiana Speaks Pattern Book and the Planning Tool Kit. The Pattern Book provides patterns for building sustainable, authentic Louisiana houses and urban buildings. The Planning Tool Kit provides a summary of planning approaches based on sustainable design and a series of practical techniques for developing plans.

The centerpiece of the Planning Tool Kit is the Urban Assembly Kit. This graphic matrix illustrates the inter-relationships among different scales of planning and among different issues. In combination with the Pattern Book, the Urban Assembly Kit demonstrates the importance of the details of architecture and urban space in regional planning.

Raymond L. Gindroz, a co-founder and Principal Emeritus of Urban Design Associates, has pioneered the development of participatory planning processes for neighborhoods, downtowns and regional plans. Ray is a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects and a past chair of the Committee on Design. He is Chairman of the Board of the Congress for the New Urbanism, Chairman of the board of the Seaside Institute, a co-founder of the Seaside Pienza Institute, and a member of the Board of the Institute for Classical Architecture & Classical America. For more than twenty years, Ray taught urban design at the Yale University School of Architecture. Ray earned Bachelor and Master of Architecture degrees with honors from Carnegie Mellon University and a Diploma from Centro per gli Studi di Architettura, A. Palladio, Vicenza, Italy. He received the John Stewardson Award and a Fulbright Grant for study in Italy early in his career and continues to travel extensively to sketch and study urban space. His drawings and writings are published annually in a series of books entitled “Pages from a Sketchbook.” 

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