Christopher M. Pizzi is an Urban Designer and licensed Architect in California. His professional focus is less on the specific architecture and detail of building but more on urban design and master planning. Chris has international work experience in many cities across the globe specifically San Francisco, New York and London.
During his lecture he discussed the fact that urban planners often must wear multiple hats and must be well versed in more than just Architecture and design. Mr Pizzi used the term “Master of Data” to describe one aspect of urban planning that is parking metrics( parking type& density), and how housing costs is tied to parking. Urban planners also take specific statistics and create a housing availability matrix for reference during their planning phase. Mr Pizzi even quizzed the class on how many square feet/ acre (42,560) and how many feet are in a mile (5,280)
Mr Pizzi’s work includes residential high rise neighborhood planning in Los Angeles, and schools. He discussed smart growth design. Smart Growth Design is an urban
planning and transportation theory that concentrates growth in compact walkable urban centers to avoid sprawl.
Smart growth values long tern sustainability with short term adjustments. Its goal is to develop sustainability in communities in a unique way. Smart growth
has the possibility to change the way we look at housing, transporting, and careers. Smart Growth Principles: There are 10 accepted principles that define smart growth
1. Mix land uses
2. Take advantage of compact building design
3. Create a range of housing opportunities and choices
4. Create walkable neighborhoods
5. Foster distinctive, aesthetically pleasing communities with a strong sense of place
6. Preserve open space, farmland, natural beauty, and critical environmental areas
7. Strengthen and direct development towards existing communities
8. Provide a variety of transportation choices
9. Make development decisions predictable, fair, and cost effective
10. Encourage community and stakeholder collaboration in development decisions