NH Gives Day Special Webinar with Jeff Speck

“Planning That Belongs in New Hampshire” from Guest Speaker, Jeff Speck


This lecture will briefly describe the economic, environmental, and epidemiological motivations for making more walkable communities. It will then focus on how to make communities more walkable by outlining and elucidating the General Theory of Walkability, which insists that, in order to be truly walkable, built environments must make walking useful, safe, comfortable, and interesting.


What You’ll Learn:

  1. Understand why economists, environmentalists, and epidemiologists all argue independently for more walkable cities, in order to be prepared to make similar arguments oneself.
  2. Understand what makes walking useful, particularly as applies to land-use, zoning, transit, and parking policies and practices.
  3. Understand what makes walking safe, particularly as applies to vehicle speeds, block sizes, road widths and geometries, curb protection, and cycling facilities.
  4. Understand what makes walking comfortable, particularly as applies to spatial definition, height-to-width rations, and vegetation.
  5. Understand what makes walking interesting, particularly as applies to active facades and public art.


About Our Guest Speaker

Jeff Speck | Principal, Speck & Associates LLC


If book sales and video views are any indication, Jeff Speck may be the most listened-to city planner in the world.


Suburban Nation, which Mr. Speck co-wrote with Andres Duany and Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk, was the best-selling planning title of the 2000s. The Wall Street Journal called it “the urbanist’s bible.” His award-winning book Walkable City, published in 2012, was the dominant planning title of its decade, and was named “the second best urban planning book of all time.” And his TED talks and YouTube videos have received more than four million views.


Formerly Director of Design at the National Endowment for the Arts, Mr. Speck leads Speck & Associates, a boutique planning firm based in Boston. His new book, Walkable City Rules: 101 Steps to Making Better Places, was released in 2018 and is selling briskly.




Jun 08 2021

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