New book entitled Unsprawl: Remixing Spaces as Places focuses on communities that demonstrate sustainable urbanism.
NorthWest Crossing, a mixed-use neighborhood on
Ken Pirie who contributed to the book, works for the landscape architecture and urban planning firm Walker Macy, who continue to work on the NorthWest Crossing master plan. He noted, “NorthWest Crossing was a perfect fit as a case study for this book. As a new neighborhood, the vision had to overcome challenges with city zoning, as well as respect the natural features that are such an integral part of the
The new book addresses the unsustainable, auto-centric, environmentally-damaging ways in which new suburban communities have been built over the last half-century and the challenges this presents for our quality of life. NorthWest Crossing is one of a dozen case studies from throughout North America that are examined in Unsprawl to reveal successful strategies “employed to introduce new patterns of development into a regulatory, cultural and financial landscape” in order to help to discourage sprawl in the future.
NorthWest Crossing’s vision and design is rooted in the landscape and urban fabric of
“We hope people can learn from what we and other communities have experienced while trying to combat urban sprawl with new ideas and innovative visions. This book will help to highlight how we can all start to live and think sustainably when it comes to growth, and NorthWest Crossing was excited to be included as a case study,” said David Ford, general manager for the Bend, Oregon neighborhood.
About NorthWest Crossing
NorthWest Crossing is a mixed-use community on Bend’s west side which has won several national awards for its green building practices, as well as being a 2011 recipient of the Environmental Center’s Sustainability Award and 2010 Building a Better Central Oregon Award. West Bend Property Company LLC, a partnership of Brooks Resources Corporation and Tennant Family Limited Partnership, is developing the community. Both companies, based in