“To envision takes talent, to implement takes genius.”

“To envision takes talent, to implement takes genius.”
Pursuing any development or neighborhood plan today involves working with a myriad of actors beyond professional collaborators during planning and design phases. These include direct ab utters, surrounding neighbors, elected officials, public agencies, opponents (often), investors, financial institutions, and regulators, all billed as “stakeholders.” Navigating the shoals created by cadres of stakeholders is perhaps the greatest challenge to pursuing sophisticated
ideas about and goals for urban ism.
 Consensus around goals that are not very ambitious is, unfortunately, common. However, rather than wallow in despair about the unpredictable nature of decentralized processes, urban designers must learn to be more effective collaborators,
willing participants in true interdisciplinary endeavors, and advocates for ideas not always their own, ideas that have the potential to rally others around higher expectations, not expedient solutions.
Such skills are not always available in a designer’s tool kit. Some blame the messiness of democratized processes for producing mediocrity.
On the other hand, many can offer examples of substantial benefit ts to projects as a result of broader community participation.
Then, too, there is that maxim among seasoned urban designers,
“To envision takes talent, to implement takes genius.”
“Civilization cannot be a string of country villas, or a sprawl across the landscape of incomplete satellites revolving around nothing.”
This is perhaps best expressed in Rodolfo Machado’s statement: “Urban design will be recharged by the direct involvement of the best, most forward- thinking architects we have.”


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