of Dessa Darling & new urbanists

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,


The organization is important. Who else would have been able to pull together in Mississippi. – Plater-Zyberk #SeasideAt30
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n Greece, despite lack of maintenance & space, nothing was torn down because everything belonged to someone specifically -Stef#SeasideAt30
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RT @stevemouzon: An object is an object. It is not necessarily in a causal relationship with cultureStefanos Polyzoides, #SeasideAt30
CNU NextGen
cnunextgen CNU NextGen
Doing & learning, doing & understanding, doing & transforming. Urban and Architectural design as ways of becoming. -Polyzoides#SeasideAt30
CNU NextGen
cnunextgen CNU NextGen
RT @suhender: Community isnt just about people. It includes social financial and natural capital as well. ~Hank Dittmar #SeasideAt30
CNU NextGen


Enjoy the music.


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