But AIA Vice President for Governmental Affairs James Dinegar
, along with many A/E/P and environmental consulting professionals who have voiced an opinion on sprawl , believes that local governments should dictate how their communities deal with sprawl.
We make it very clear that it's a state and local issue , first and foremost , says Dinegar
.We're stressing that a one-size-fits-all solution does not exist , and who better than architects to help the community find solutions.We're working to have architects as facilitators in the communities.We're working with mayors and state legislatures.We're where the rubber really meets the road..
Sprawl opponents believe the trend can be halted by promoting smart growth , a practice that encourages funding to support the preservation of rural land and efficient use of existing metropolitan areas.
would like to see more emphasis on redevelopment projects in urban areas.We're more concerned with the rebuilding of the inner cores of cities than buying a bunch of meadows and farms , he
says.Inner-city revitalization provides opportunities and choices such as enhancing transportation to boost the suburbs.We don't make our fees by designing trees and grasslands.We're about making structures..
A recent development in Atlanta , a city labeled the top sprawl offender in the country by the Sierra Club
( San Francisco , CA ) , highlights the AIA's emphasis on urban revitalization.As part of President Clinton's Project XL ( eXcellence and Leadership ) , the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency ( EPA
) ( Washington , DC ) announced an agreement with Jacoby Development , Inc.
( Atlanta , GA ) to design and construct a multi-use facility at a former steel mill site , which has been closed for over nine months.