YOUR PLACE. REVEALED.

  • Homegrown design ideas to celebrate local values.
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  • Uncover your own groundbreaking ideas that can't be easily copied.
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ABOUT

We believe authenticity is powerful. That's why we’re passionate about helping our clients extract locally-unique design attributes, as offered by The Locals, that can be translated into locally-inspired projects of every kind. The result: better community relations, increased pride and ownership by stakeholders, and extraordinary, revered places that people and businesses naturally choose to be a part of.

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WHO

Kyle Ezell

I am an Associate Professor of Practice and award-winning faculty at The Ohio State University's Knowlton School of Architecture, City and Regional Planning Program. I have nearly 20 years' experience as a practicing city planner, I'm AICP since 1998, and I've been a professor at OSU since 2005 - but that's the boring stuff. I'd rather you know that for as long as I can remember, I have studied how communities implement ideas that shape their physical identities. My goal for the next 20 years is to help as many places as possible extract their essences through original, local planning and design.

Amanda Golden

I'm a Certified Creative Placemaker with extensive knowledge and practice in tapping and extracting the beloved local stories and values people care about in every community. I also have an insatiable curiosity for helping citizens visually define their local culture utilizing my urban planning, research, and public participation background. As a writer, a graphic designer, and a plan publisher, my joy is putting my skills to work for places that want to stand out from the rest.

Josh Lapp

I'm a city planner who has extensive professional experience in real estate development and design review. My hobby has long been analyzing the quality of places through conversations with community members on what works and what doesn’t, which development projects have staying power and why, and proving that ‘quality in’ really does yield ‘quality out’. As a transit board member, neighborhood development coordinator, and design review commissioner, I have turned my hobby into my profession.

    MAKE'EM MARVEL

  • Homegrown design ideas to celebrate local values.
    Designing Local | Page 14
  • Invest in locally-inspired design for a powerful local economy.
    Designing Local | Page 24
  • Uncover your own groundbreaking ideas that can't be easily copied.
    Designing Local | Page 33

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OUR WORK

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  • Homegrown design ideas to celebrate local values.
    Designing Local | Page 14
  • Invest in locally-inspired design for a powerful local economy.
    Designing Local | Page 24
  • Uncover your own groundbreaking ideas that can't be easily copied.
    Designing Local | Page 33

THE BOOK

Designing Local -- The Book

by Kyle Ezell

People are saying good things...

"Kyle Ezell has written an important and timely manifesto that challenges planners, designers, and place-makers of every stripe to stop confusing imitation with innovation. There are 90,000 municipalities in the US and every one of them has its own story to tell. As Designing Local makes abundantly clear, local integrity is more than an esthetic preference. Authentic design is a powerful driver of economic development." –Richard Florida, University or Toronto, NYU, Atlantic Cities, author of The Rise of the Creative Class.

"We now have the necessary ingredients to fully propagate Jane Jacobs’ complex urbanism: an appreciation of finely-grained urbanity, a focus on sustainability, and a public fed up with a corporate-first, top-down aesthetic that created the urban mess we have been forced to endure. Designing Local leverages the design sensibility of an inchoate but energized movement, helping to devise synergistic strategies that will make local sensibility become the modus operandi of cities throughout the U.S. and beyond." –Emily Talen, Arizona State University, author of City Rules

"Kyle Ezell deftly turns the standard global approach on its ear by showing how nourishing “The Local” can be the best way to stand out from the rest. To be clear, this isn’t a 'Main Street’ community planning approach, it’s a 'Your Street’ community excellence strategy. Community leaders will find Designing Local both a straightforward call to action and an enjoyable read. By building on unique traits, communities can provide an intoxicating choice for newcomers and visitors while reinforcing a proud local identity." --William Murdock, AICP, Executive Director | Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission

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