of Dessa Darling & new urbanistsPosted: February 23, 2011
From the SXSW line-up. Dessa Darling, as she is sometimes referred to, recently became Artist in Residence at St Paul’s McNally School of Music. She played at the Concrete and Grass festival in Mears Park last summer. Her next St. Paul play date is with the Live at Five series on April 19 .
Today I’ve got a deadline for a story on the recent 30th Anniversary of Seaside, Florida and joint meeting of the Congress for New Urbanism, the Founder’s Forum and awarding of the 2011 Seaside Prize to Dhiru Thadani. Coming from the genuinely functional urban area of St.Paul, I find it amusing to listen to New Urbanists banter and bicker about the proper way to design walkable developments.
These men and women have devoted their lives to designing developments that look, and act, like St. Paul. The streets are lined with sidewalks, the houses have front porches, and cars are relegated to an approach through the alley. The civic buildings have architectural merit – they are landmarks in the landscape. And the focal points of a distant vistas – like the St Paul cathedral as viewed for miles while driving down Smith Avenue and crossing the High Bridge. I digress.
This year the Forum was heavily tweeted about, and the conference attendees were divided into the old guard who wouldn’t know a baggage tag from a hashtag, and the new generation of urbanists, such as @cnunextgen, who tapped away on their smart phones while the forum panel debated .
Want to know what these brilliant folks are thinking about smart growth? Here are a few gems from the tweet feed,
Enjoy the music.