Five Questions for Geoff DeOld

15 May

When it comes to transportation, it’s not only about how you get there, but what the place looks like when you start and finish a trip. Architects exist at the genesis of the built environment. Their vision and design play a crucial role in shaping our world and defining our options within it. This month, we’ve invited the firm of DeOld/Andersen to share some of their design ideas around infill development as our coffee chat guest speakers. Our coffee chat is Friday, May 17th at 8 a.m. at the Scooters on 30th and Ames. Geoff DeOld, principle architect at DeOld/Andersen, will be joining us — and we asked him five questions:

1. What is your preferred mode of transportation?

Walking when at all possible.

2. What, in your opinion, is the greatest challenge to multi-modal transportation in Omaha?

A lack of good urban form that allows for successful multi-model transportation, or at least makes it interesting.

3. What the the greatest multi-modal success in Omaha?

Heartland B-Cycle introducing electric assist bikes to their bike share fleet. if eventually paired with real bike infrastructure that forms some sort of network, biking could become a viable form of transportation in some areas of Omaha.

4. How did you come to have an interest in transportation?

I like cities, and great cities offer a range of transportation options.

5. What role can architects play in influencing our transportation network?

By promoting the design of buildings that help to define a strong public realm.

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