Celebrating World Landscape Architecture Month

By: Britt Storck, Daniel Ashworth, and Mary Stewart Landscape Architecture has great breadth as a design profession, with significant impacts on communities and quality of life. Alta’s design group includes a collaborative team of landscape architects and landscape designers who understand that truly successful projects are a reflection of their communities. As landscape architects, we […]

Six Wayfinding Principles that Make Communities Easier to Navigate

Wayfinding concept renderings for the City of Santa Clarita, CA. Alta developed a wayfinding program for the city’s extensive bicycle and pedestrian network, consisting of over 80 miles of trails, bike lanes, and paseos. Well-crafted wayfinding systems encourage people walking and bicycling to go that extra mile, explore new areas, and foster a sense of place. […]

A Path to Resilient Cities

Transportation and land use are inexorably linked. Changes in technology are already forcing changes to land use and infrastructure demand. Rethinking Streets by Lisa Nisenson and Kate Whitfield This post is adapted from our original article for the Ontario Professional Planners Institute’s Ontario Planning Journal — “Integrating Resilience Within Planning”: Technology is already changing mobility in our […]

Advisory Bike Lanes in North America

Despite being used successfully for decades in Europe, Advisory Bike Lanes (also known as advisory shoulders), are an emerging facility type in North America and can be an effective tool for communities to provide bicycle lanes on streets that are otherwise too narrow to accommodate them. Alta’s Innovation Lab has produced a white paper that […]

Building Complete and Connected Networks

All Ages and Abilities Crossing of a Major Arterial from Atlanta Regional Commission Bike to Ride. Creating a Low Stress Bicycle Network We like to think that all people could potentially become bicyclists. A bicycle network will attract a large portion of the population if it is designed to reduce stress associated with potential motor vehicle conflicts […]

Improving our Communities for Active Transportation Requires Change

Separated bikeway in Nashville, TN. Read more about Nashville’s commitment to improving walking and biking in Nashville WalknBike, Nashville-Davidson County’s Strategic Plan for Sidewalks & Bikeways. Improving our communities for active transportation requires change. This change must occur at a political level, continue to be supported at the staff level, and be accepted by the […]

Fort Collins Opens Its First Official Low-Stress Bikeway

Photo credit: City of Fort Collins By Joe Gilpin and Tom Natwick, Alta Planning + Design How do cities better serve residents in providing bikeways that will appeal to a wider spectrum of their residents, be safer and induce more use? The vast majority of bicycle involved crashes occur at intersections along collector and arterial streets; […]

Planning + Design Durham, NC, Style

Daniel Hedglin #DrawThisTown If you visit downtown Durham, you will hear the sounds of a booming place, with high-rises under construction and the occasional train that continues through to Raleigh or Charlotte. In the summer, you will hear the cheer of the Durham Bulls crowd. Walk into the 110-year old building at E. Chapel Hill […]

Strengthening the Relationship between Design and Health

This Health Pathway Diagram, included in the Commercial Ave south vision plan, is a framing tool that depicts the connections between design strategies and health impacts. Students’ research on the health implications of the vision plan’s design strategies helped to validate these health impacts. Alta and University of Washington Students Collaborate on a Health Impact Assessment […]

Alta’s “Rose City Linc” Enters Green Loop Design Competition

By Katie Mangle, Principal, Alta Planning + Design The City of Portland’s newly adopted Comprehensive Plan includes the six-mile Green Loop as part of the armature for the tremendous growth the City anticipates in the next 20 years. In response to the University of Oregon’s John Yeon Center for Architecture’s Loop PDX design competition, Alta […]