Begun in 2015, URB/AN/ISM/O is a blog dedicated to furthering the understanding of urban form, history, and development as it relates to city planning initiatives in general, and the Greater New Haven region of south-central Connecticut in particular. As such, articles primarily focus on analyzing historic assets, recent development projects, and the modern spatial organization of the City of New Haven and its environs, but include discussions of urban planning issues in other American and European cities, in addition to films.
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Jonathan Hopkins, the blog’s editor, is currently a resident of New Haven, CT where he was also born and raised. Mr. Hopkins has worked at a private architecture firm in Downtown New Haven as a Consultant and Intern Architect since graduating with a Masters in Architecture from the School of Architecture, Art and Historic Preservation at Roger Williams University in 2013. As a graduate student, Mr. Hopkins received the 2012 Charles DuBose Scholarship from the Connecticut Architecture Foundation.
While in school, Mr. Hopkins interned at DataHaven in the Summer of 2012 where he analyzed quality-of-life survey data in order to compile profiles of New Haven’s neighborhoods. The previous winter, he worked at the New Haven Urban Design League documenting nearly all of the City’s 100+ Planned Development Districts and Units (PDD/PDUs) that are found throughout the City. In the Summer of 2011, Mr. Hopkins participated in a public design charrette held in the former Bourse Coworking Loft at 839 Chapel Street and organized by design professionals, planners, and critics of the City’s Downtown Crossing initiative. While interning at Neighborhood Housing Services of New Haven in the Summer of 2010, Mr. Hopkins was responsible for surveying distressed residential properties acquired by the organization for rehabilitation, drafting floor plan drawings of existing and proposed conditions for rehabilitation projects including 328 Edgewood Avenue, and collaborating with staff to produce documentation for LEED certification of their office building at 24 Hudson Street. Mr. Hopkins volunteered with Habitat for Humanity of New Haven in the Summer of 2008 on the construction site of 18 Shepard Street in Newhallville. Prior to that and having attended public school in New Haven from Kindergarten through 12th grade, Mr. Hopkins graduated from Wilbur Cross High School in 2007.
ACTIVITIES AND EVENTS
NEW HAVEN BIKE MONTH, Biking Tour Guide and Event Planner – May 2017
SHOP TALKS at BRADLEY STREET BIKE CO-OP, Host and Presenter – Winter 2017-Present
DESIGN NIGHT OUT, Event Series Panelist in Bridgeport –Nov. 11, 2016
NEW HAVEN DOCUMENTARY SERIES, Host and Presenter – Fall 2016
- Bike Co-op Adds The Silver Screen “New Haven Independent” (September 19, 2016)
NEW HAVEN MUSEUM FALL LECTURE SERIES, Guest Speaker – Oct. 14, 2015
NEW HAVEN FREE PUBLIC LIBRARY TALK, Host – Oct. 28, 2014
DOWNTOWN CROSSING DESIGN CHARRETTE, Participant – July 30, 2011
NEW HAVEN INDEPENDENT, Contributing Writer
- How Police Stations Became Fortresses “New Haven Independent” (May 30, 2016)
- Raze? Preserve? Or Renew? “New Haven Independent” (Oct. 30, 2015)
- Which One’s Goatville? Newhallville? “New Haven Independent” (July 30, 2015)
- We Can Be A Garden City, A Garden Region “New Haven Independent” (April 1, 2015)
- How About This Future For Legion Ave.? “New Haven Independent” (Nov. 17, 2014)
- How We Got Here “New Haven Independent” (Oct. 17, 2014)
- Where We Are “New Haven Independent” (Sept. 8, 2014)
- A Message For Our Walls “New Haven Independent” (June 2, 2010)