The August 10 episode of Urban Design Podcast is an interview with Gina Ford, Alexis Canter, and Eamonn Hutton discussing Urban Fabric’s origins, process, and conclusions. Listen to the podcast here.

As discussed in the interview, Urban Fabric arose out of a desire to step back from projects and look more holistically at potential strategies. Because the design practice continues to explore both shrinking and mega cities, the Urban Fabric team focused on the untapped potential of researching the middle city.

The interview touches on the broad spectrum of strategies examined by Urban Fabric. While cities can glean their own unique approaches through synthesis of these strategies, the research team recognized broad trends. Unique partnerships create effective collaboration, and thinking regionally or geographically can uncover answers not found when constrained to a single city.

Urban Fabric has intangibly changed the way the team views their projects. For example, Gina and Eamonn are currently working on a project analyzing the Bridgeport (Conn.) park system. A former textile city, Bridgeport faces many of the same economic challenges as the project’s prototypical cities. The strategies for Bridgeport find their roots in Urban Fabric: strategic partnerships and a web of connectivity to combat vacancy, flooding, and overscaled infrastructure. The team also learned new tools. Efforts in public process are even more engaging, and the broadened knowledge base provides more tailored solutions. The project has built relationships with academics and policy makers, allowing everyone involved to understand different perspectives of the process.

Please listen to the interview to learn more about Urban Fabric and its next steps.

Urban Design Podcast is about the physical environment of cities. We talk to professionals who are involved in shaping cities around the world. A new 30 minute podcast episode is released for download on iTunes and the website each Wednesday.


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