Peter Calthorpe (born 1949) is a San Francisco-based architect, urban designer and urban planner. He is a founding member of the Congress for New Urbanism, a Chicago-based advocacy group formed in 1992 that promotes sustainable building practices. For his works on redefining the models of urban and suburban growth in America Calthorpe has been named one of twenty-five ‘innovators on the cutting edge’ by Newsweek maganize.
Calthorpe in 2011
|Born||1949 (age 69–70)|
|Education||B.A. Antioch College, Yale School of Architecture|
|Family||Diana Calthorpe (sister)|
Jonathan F. P. Rose (brother-in-law)
Rachel Rose (niece)
In the 1986 he, along with Sim Van der Ryn, published Sustainable Communities. In the early 1990s he developed the concept of Transit Oriented Development (TOD) highlighted in The Next American Metropolis: Ecology, Community, and the American Dream.
In 1989, he proposed the concept of Pedestrian Pocket, an up to 110 acres (45 ha) pedestrian-friendly, transit-linked, mixed-use urban area with a park at its centre. The Pedestrian Pocket mixes low-rise high-density housing, commercial and retail uses. The concept had a number of similarities with Ebenezer Howard's Garden City and aimed to be an alternative to the then usual low-density residential suburban developments.
As an expert on urban planning, Peter Calthorpe, is frequently cited in various reputable mass media including New York Times, The Guardian, National Geographic, Newsweek, Grist, Metropolismag, The Advocate and others.
In his 2017 TED Talk Calthorpe addressed the necessity of efficient use of space and resources in the context of climate change and identified urban sprawl an urgent trend that requires immediate attention.
Among most recent Calthorpe’s concerns are autonomous cars as potential reason for increased urban congestion and suburban sprawl. Unlike the advocates of self-driving cars who believe that they will lead to fewer cars and faster commutes, Calthorpe believes that the convenience of autonomous transport will only encourage more car trips. He suggests alternative plan to avoid congestion – autonomous rapid transit – fleets of self-driving vans in reserved lanes on main arteries.
Personal life and family
- Calthorpe, Peter and Sim Van der Ryn (1986). Sustainable Communities: A New Design Synthesis for Cities, Suburbs and Towns. San Francisco: Sierra Club Books. ISBN 0-87156-629-X
- Calthorpe, Peter: The Pedestrian pocket, in Doug, Kelbaugh (ed.) Pedestrian Pocket Book, 1989
- Calthorpe, Peter: The Next American Metropolis: Ecology, Community, and the American Dream, Princeton Architectural Press, 1993
- Calthorpe, Peter and Fulton, William: The Regional City, Island Press, 2001
- Calthorpe, Peter: Urbanism in the Age of Climate Change, Island Press, 2010
- Caves, R. W. (2004). Encyclopedia of the City. Routledge. p. 62.
- "FOCUS; A Transit-Oriented Approach to Suburbia". The New York Times. November 10, 1991.
- Van Der Ryn, Sim; Calthorpe, Peter (1986). Sustainable Communities: A New Design Synthesis for Cities, Suburbs, and Towns. Sierra Club Books. ISBN 9780871568007.
- "Does China's Urbanization Spell Doom or Salvation? Peter Calthorpe Weighs In..." ArchDaily. 2013-08-02. Retrieved 2019-11-18.
- Le Gates, R.; Strout, F. (eds.). "The City Reader" (PDF). washington.edu.
- Badger, Emily (2017-09-04). "Is Houston Still a Model City? Its Supporters Aren't Backing Down". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2019-11-18.
- Pogash, Carol (2019-03-27). "House-hunting in Silicon Valley: tech's newly rich fuel a spectacle of excess". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 2019-11-18.
- "To build the cities of the future, we must get out of our cars". Magazine. 2019-03-14. Retrieved 2019-11-18.
- EDT, Newsweek Staff On 5/14/95 at 8:00 PM (1995-05-14). "15 Ways To Fix The Suburbs". Newsweek. Retrieved 2019-11-18.
- "Peter Calthorpe on why urbanism is the cheapest, smartest way to fight climate change". Grist. 2011-02-16. Retrieved 2019-11-18.
- "The Real Problem With China's Ghost Towns". Metropolis. 2013-09-01. Retrieved 2019-11-18.
- email@example.com, TIMOTHY BOONE |. "Late planner John Fregonese remembered for ideas that re-envisioned, shape Baton Rouge's city design". The Advocate. Retrieved 2019-11-18.
- Franke, Leigh (2006-08-03). "2006 J.C. Nichols Prize Winner—Peter Calthorpe". ULI Americas. Retrieved 2019-11-18.
- Nast, Condé. "This Is How Architecture Can Curb Climate Change". Architectural Digest. Retrieved 2019-11-18.
- Florida, Richard. "'I Don't Think Technology and the City Are at Odds'". CityLab. Retrieved 2019-11-18.
- Markoff, John (2018-10-27). "Urban Planning Guru Says Driverless Cars Won't Fix Congestion". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2019-11-18.
- Markoff, John (2018-10-28). "Driverless cars won't help traffic congestion, he says". SFGate. Retrieved 2019-11-18.
- Calthorpe, Peter; Fulton, William (April 10, 2013). The Regional City. Island Press. pp. xii.
- Franke, Leigh (August 3, 2006). "C. Nichols Prize Winner—Peter Calthorpe". ULI.org. Urban Land Institute.