YOUR PLACE. REVEALED.

  • Homegrown 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

ABOUT

We believe that when taking the time to plan and design your community, the goal should be to make it extraordinary. This is achieved by exploiting locally-remarkable cultural, historical, and aspirational designs and economic development ideas to create inspired plans and projects of every kind. We're passionate about creating revered, competitive places that people and businesses naturally want to be a part of.

WHO

Amanda Golden | Managing Principal

I'm a Certified Creative Placemaker and the Assistant Director of the Central Ohio Chapter of the American Planning Association. I have 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, 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 | Principal

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 business owner, transit board member, and design review commissioner, I have turned my hobby into my profession and my profession into my hobby.

Kyle Ezell | Principal Emeritus

I'm an Associate Professor of Practice and Distinguished Faculty at The Ohio State University’s Knowlton School of Architecture, City and Regional Planning Program. I have over 20 years experience as a practicing city planner, and have been a professor at OSU, teaching various planning courses since 2005 - but I believes that’s boring stuff. For as long as I can remember, I have studied how communities implement ideas that shape their physical identities and have spent all of my working life to help make good local design a reality. My goal for the next 20 years is to help as many places as possible extract their essence and project it into their built environment through original local planning and design.

    MAKE'EM MARVEL

  • Homegrown 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 DESIGNING LOCAL HUB

Ideas, News, and People

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    REALIZE THE REAL

  • Homegrown 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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