Design and Transportation

This sub-study led by DFH team member Ann Forsyth examined the effects of well-designed transportation facilities. The big question behind this project was how to measure the benefits of good design for transportation, if there are such benefits. Working with the University of Minnesota, Center for Transportation Studies, and the national office of the American Institute of Architects (AIA), this project was in three parts:

  • preparing case studies of transit-oriented developments and context-sensitive solution;
  • developing and testing inventories and tools to measure urban-design scale variables, including health, environment, cultural and scenic issues, and architectural and aesthetic features; and
  • documenting best practices.

Materials from the study are available at:


A. Forsyth, J. Jacobson, and K. Thering. 2010. Six Assessments of the Same Places: Comparing Views of Urban Design. Journal of Urban Design 15, 1: 21-48

J. Jacobson and A. Forsyth. 2008. Seven American TODs: Good Practices for Urban Design in Transit-Oriented Development Projects. Journal of Transport and Land Use 1, 2: 51-88.

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