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A Manifesto Against Guidance

We believe the guidelines essentially guarantee a false and bland uniformity by describing the restrictions in such detail that all designs will be essentially the same. There's a reason buildings looked the way they did in the 19th century. Aren't there different opportunities in the 21st?  Our cities are living organisms, not period backdrops. New construction should proudly claim our point in history.

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RCOV and the Urban Transect

In urban planning there is a concept called a β€œurban transect.” The urban transect divides development patterns into six categories, from lowest intensity (rural preserve) to middle intensity (general urban) to highest intensity (urban core). The urban transect concept is useful because it organizes complex patterns into an understandable map and it clarifies how one category transitions into another. 

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Covington Development Pattern Comparison

Covington is currently in the middle of a redevelopment boom, with new projects going on in MainStrasse and downtown. Historically there are two categories of commercial property development, and each respond to either the automobile or pedestrian. Covington has examples of both development categories. Which is best for Covington?

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A Case for Place-making

How can we change our perceived notions and give them new identities? How can we reclaim these areas for the community and create new positive memories? How does this impact the surrounding area?

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