8433 1120065574279 x2I have this on my LinkedIn page, so it must be true here too:

I believe that change comes through action. Ambition and great plans are important, but equally as important are experimental attitudes and a sense of urgency.

Our world is experiencing a profound shift in its attitudes towards cities and socializing. The 20th century was marked by a global attitude towards embracing the new, modern era and casting out the old. The 21st century is quickly becoming a time to reclaim our lost traditions, connect better with each other and use our advanced technologies in ways that are much more, well, human.

But we need positive action, not hand-wringing or complaining.

For twenty years I’ve worked in this changing world as an urban designer, using the various skills of design, planning and form-based coding to create walkable communities. I’ve worked for developers, cities, not-for-profits and public agencies to create environments that are sustainable and sociable. From big picture master-plans to development regulations to building design, I’ve done it all. I’ve been blogging about these issues and more for years, and wrote a book called “Why I Walk” that will be published in 2014.

Today, I live in Savannah, GA, and have added the creation of a car sharing company to the list. I’m a huge fan of the sharing economy, and the potential it is already showing to make our lives better. Car sharing in particular has enormous potential to help people live car-free or “car-light.”

Please connect with me here if share these interests, or if you want to talk with me about consulting or speaking. If you’re doing business development for a building product, please don’t waste our time.

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3 Responses to Who is Kevin Klinkenberg?

  1. Libby says:

    Hi! New Urbanism is, or course, a good idea and not many planners are arguing with that. The only complaints that you sometimes hear are these rumblings about aspects of it being “contrived” or not feeling “real.” I am trying to get to the bottom of that at my new blog. BUT, I just started and I have like three(!) readers. So, some time when you are not too busy can you (and/or some of your readers) look and comment please?? If possible, be gentle, I am a new blogger :)

  2. Kevin Klinkenberg says:

    Thanks Libby,

    There’s lots of discussion about that critique out there. But, what I’d ask first is – “what do you actually mean by that?” You have to get to the bottom of what people are saying. Most NU is very new, and new places tend to real not as “real” as places that have been around a while. But, all those places we seek to emulate were once new as well. There are those who complain about the architecture feeling “contrived” or “Disney-like.” Again, we have to get at what the real objection is. For many architects and designers, anything that is not one of the contemporary styles is “contrived.” But, does the lay person feel that way, too?
    There are legitimate critiques, and we should listen to all of them. What I would suggest you do is continue to ask people hard questions, to try and find out what they specifically are objecting to.

    Kevin

  3. Robert Lincoln Humphreys says:

    I often respond to the “contrived” argument by stating that these design principles harken back to an American urban design heritage which predates the ubiquity of the automobile. In that sense, the “New” Urbanism is not so “new” after all: it is the decentralized, homogenized, suburbanized city that is the “new” form which has now become standard. In a sense, our “New” Urbanism seeks an urban form our grandparents would readily be more at home in.

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