Unleash the Swarm of Small Scale Development || Office Hours || Daniel Herriges

Norm Van Eeden Petersman
Norm Van Eeden Petersman
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00:00 Introduction

08:40 What do we need to clear away and create to “unleashing the swarm”?

15:18 Would you recommend a maximum lot width in small towns to discourage large scale full block development?

21:19 How do you solve parking complaints of no spaces or not enough spaces?

28:35 How do you get cities to incubate stronger streetscapes in downtown cores, as well as for more suburban zones?

34:02 What is stopping local planning offices from publishing pre-approved catalogs of homes?

40:00 What can a ST local conversations do to help communities like embrace becoming small developers themselves and be open to gradual change?

48:00 What are we missing when we don't allow informal development?


Recommended Reading

Recommended Reading Unleash the Swarm of Small Scale Development e-book: 

Our Self Imposed Scarcity of Nice Places 


Unleash the Swarm Series 





Daniel's article about informal settlements is really solid on this: https://www.strongtowns.org/journal/2020/5/13/a-love-letter-to-the-slums-the-urbanism-of-final-fantasy-7






My favourite article by Daniel Herriges is probably this one: https://www.strongtowns.org/journal/2021/11/3/our-self-imposed-scarcity-of-nice-places





Seth Zeren's appearance on the Strong Towns podcast



Chuck's newest article (with the material from Leon Krier at the end) is really solid on this



Here's a great ebook called "Stuck in Park" https://static1.squarespace.com/static/53dd6676e4b0fedfbc26ea91/t/5ddb7b1f460bea394459d072/1574665012379/parking-ebook.pdf


I love this piece by Steve Mouzon -  I now look at porches differently







About Office Hours

Our door is wide open once a week for Strong Towns members to come and discuss how to build resilience and prosperity in their communities. Each week will focus on a different topic with a member of the Strong Towns team. The tone is casual and conversational. Drop in late if you need to; you’ll be just as welcome.

Wednesdays at 1 p.m. ET on Zoom

Submit your questions and ideas for topics in advance as you register, or ask them on the fly. Just so you know, pre-submitted questions and topics will be given priority during the conversation. 

Schedule & Registration Details Are Available Here

Can't attend? Catch the replay in Action Lab once it gets posted.


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