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October 10, 2006

Press Release: Creating Lasting Communities: Peter Calthorpe is the 2006 Laureate of the Urban Land Institute J.C. Nichols Prize for Visionaries in Urban Development

From the Urban Land Institute

Peter Calthorpe, one of the nation's most influential urban designers, has been named the recipient of the 2006 Urban Land Institute J.C. Nichols Prize for Visionaries in Urban Development.

When Forest City Enterprises needed a serious urban planner, they sought Calthorpe.

When Cleveland-based Forest City Enterprises was selected by the city of Denver to redevelop the former Stapleton Airport site, the company turned to Calthorpe for help with the community's design. According to Ronald Ratner, president of Forest City Residential Group, Calthorpe's expertise as a problem solver stems from his ability to think as a developer, an architect, an engineer, and a planner in order to fit all the pieces of a project together. "He has an amazing ability to deconstruct a problem, to get to the bottom of what people are saying. . .Whether he is talking to traffic engineers or retailers, he extracts information and utilizes his principles to come up with a design solution. Peter is a craftsman at the top of his trade," Ratner says.

"Urban design," contends Calthorpe, "involves a nuanced set of tradeoffs. It involves a balance of design, economics, politics, and the marketplace; they are all integrated."

When Bruce Ratner needed some serious urban planning, he turned to the Empire State Development Corporation. Frank Gehry has already exposed himself to be a master of building urban "jewels," but not a master planner.

The fact that Forest City hired Calthorpe in Denver proves the company understands the importance of getting it right over having it all. Why not in Brooklyn, too?

Posted by lumi at October 10, 2006 6:49 AM