Throughout his career in urban design, planning and architecture, Peter Calthorpe has been a pioneer of innovative approaches to urban revitalization, suburban growth, and regional planning. In 1986 he, along with Sim Van der Ryn, published Sustainable Communities, a book that inspired several generations of new thinking in environmental design and helped launch ‘sustainability’ as a defining goal of many ecological efforts. In the early 90’s he developed the concept of Transit Oriented Development (TOD) highlighted in The Next American Metropolis, an idea that is now the foundation of many national policies. Around the same time he became a founder of the Congress for New Urbanism, helping launch a movement that has transformed planning and development in the USA. In 2001 he published The Regional City: Planning for the End of Sprawl documenting his is seminal regional plans for Portland, Salt Lake City, Los Angeles, Chicago and post-hurricane Southern Louisiana. His latest book, Urbanism in the Age of Climate Change, documents new work and analysis relating patterns of development to energy and carbon consumption, along with other environmental, social and economic impacts. Recently he led a groundbreaking state-wide urban design effort, called Vision California, to inform the implementation of the state’s Climate Change legislation.
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