New to the site and I shifted careers from banking and finance to public regional planning.
I tend to favor the more organic style of architecture and design that led to very walkable communities all over the world, than the mega-mall & suburban sprawl communities that characterize US and Canadian development practices. That said, I'm a realist, and understand that the mega-mall is a new way of life in the age of automobile dependency. Still, it should be a goal to mimic the basic human desires for scale and integration between the natural environment, the community, and public and private functionality.
Some key ideals I currently adhere to:
1. Human Scale
2. Balance with nature
3. Balance with tradition
4. Places that promote community vitality:
i. Places for solitude. (I.e., places in forests, near streams, or in gardens or parks, where one can take temporary refuge from the stressors of daily activities and interaction to meditate and contemplate.)
ii. Places for friendship (more intimate piazzas, squares, plazas, arcades, and streamside pedestrian boulevards where people can gather and meet and socialize; playgrounds; and public facilities like schoolyards, handball and basketball courts, and public hockey enclosures)
iii. Places for community (public squares and centers for gathering focal many places – like the old market squares and cathedral squares of Europe; and in grander cases, like Red Square in Moscow, Trafalgar Square in London, or Times Square in NYC)
iv. Places for public service and governance
5. Accommodation of alternative modes of mobility (for pedestrians, cyclists and others using public or non-motorized modes of transportation (in waterside communities, this could mean private boat, kayak, canoe, or other watercraft, and in horse country, this could be horse)) balanced with the needs privately operated motor vehicles.
6. Regional integration (fake is out, except in Disneyland or Las Vegas – where the region is Fantasyland).