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Mayor Kasim Reed To Discuss Sustainability and Urban Renewal with HRH The Prince of Wales at Poundbury, Dorset, England

Post Date:11/15/2010
HRH The Prince of Wales and The Prince’s Foundation on the Built Environment to advise on urban regeneration in the City of Atlanta; Mayor’s visit to England also includes economic development and public safety meetings with key London officials

– HRH The Prince of Wales will welcome Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed on Tuesday, Nov. 16, 2010 at Poundbury to see His Royal Highness’s approach to sustainable development. The visit comes as The Prince’s Foundation for the Built Environment announces that it is has been invited to advise on the regeneration of several of Atlanta’s most economically challenged neighborhoods.

“I am honored to meet HRH The Prince of Wales and tour Poundbury,” said Mayor Kasim Reed. “Poundbury’s mix of traditional and modern design approaches to address some of today’s most pressing environmental challenges, such as our reliance on fossil fuels, is a model for communities everywhere. I look forward to an enlightening discussion with HRH The Prince of Wales and to returning home with actionable plans for urban renewal in neighborhoods throughout the City of Atlanta.”

The Prince’s Foundation has been working with community residents, developers, Atlanta City Council members and other community leaders on an action plan for the regeneration of communities such as the English Avenue and Vine City neighborhoods, an area of over 1,000 acres. The Foundation seeks to rebuild social and community capital and train young people.

"We are delighted to be hosting Mayor Reed and the Atlanta delegation at Poundbury and to be working together in Atlanta,” said Hank Dittmar, Chief Executive of The Prince's Foundation for the Built Environment. “We aim to demonstrate that mixed income, mixed-use walkable neighborhoods can build both social and natural capital and improve the quality of people's lives.”

Planned by Leon Krier in the 1990s, Poundbury comprises high-density, mixed-use buildings all in close proximity to each other. The walkable town demonstrates a completely new approach to development that is focused on the needs of its residents.

In addition to his tour of Poundbury, Mayor Reed’s visit to the United Kingdom, hosted by Consul General Annabelle Malins, includes a packed agenda that includes meetings with members of Parliament, a conversation with Deputy Mayor of London Richard Barnes, a briefing at Scotland Yard, and tours of both the Olympic Site and Heathrow Airport.

“We have much to gain from this extraordinary opportunity to tour and assess Poundbury, a best practice model for sustainable and holistic neighborhood revitalization,” said Ernestine Garey, Interim President of the Atlanta Development Authority.

About Poundbury

Poundbury was designed as an extension to Dorchester by Leon Krier on Duchy of Cornwall land. Its plan carefully integrates uses: recreation, educational and shopping opportunities are integrated with housing, and placed within walking distance of one another. In addition over 650 people work in factories and shops in the development, while over 1,000 people live there. Social or affordable housing now represents 35 percent of new residential development and is integrated with private housing so that there is no visible distinction. Cars are fully accommodated, but pedestrian and cycle movements are favored and townscape quality is a high priority. In a UK Government review released in 2008 about living and working in the countryside, Poundbury was described as “the best example of master-planning in the country.”

About The Prince’s Foundation for the Built Environment

The Prince’s Foundation, one of The Prince's Charities, was established to teach a broad range of stakeholders in the built environment the principles of integrated, harmonious place making. With the UK facing high levels of construction activity – particularly in housing and commercial sectors – the Prince’s Foundation for the Built Environment seeks to influence positive change in the design and planning of these new communities, as well as the regeneration of existing towns and cities for the long term.

Through projects and education, the Foundation has already reached a broad range of stakeholders, including planning officers, architects, urban designers, community representatives, policy makers, government agencies and others. The Prince’s Foundation for the Built Foundation continues to engage with a wide variety of both professional and non-professional organizations and individuals, with whom it attempts to resolve often complex urban design briefs.

The Foundation has four core areas of activity. The Education Programme teaches skills in successful place-making through seminars and workshops. The Projects & Practice department is engaged on a series of live developments in partnership with the private sector and public agencies. The Chief Executive Team runs strategic initiatives with several major policy partners. The Design Theory & Networks department develops and disseminates new examples of practice by our global network that evidences innovation and tested tools for building successful communities.

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