Peter Calthorpe

Principal Architect, Peter Calthorpe Associates

Urbanism... It costs less money to build smart, walkable, transit-oriented communities than it does to build sprawl. It takes up less land, it uses less energy, it uses less infrastructure, less roads... less of everything.

As the Principal at Calthorpe Associates, Peter Calthorpe’s practice has helped solidify a global trend towards the key principles of New Urbanism. His career in urban design, planning, and architecture began in 1976, combining his experience in each discipline to develop new approaches to urban revitalization, suburban growth, and regional planning. Calthorpe has taken that experience to the page with his latest book, Urbanism in the Age of Climate Change, documents his work relating patterns of development to energy and carbon emissions, along with other environmental, social and economic impacts. 

Recently Calthorpe led a groundbreaking state-wide urban design effort, Vision California, to inform the implementation of the state’s Climate Change legislation. 

Live Event Appearances

Podcast Guest Appearances

C1 Revue: Does Greening The Economy Leave Some People Behind?

Cities are leading the way in the greening of America’s economy. From urban parks and farms to microgrids and living buildings, dynamic urban planning can adapt to changing coastlines and severe weather delivered by a volatile climate. But there’s a risk that green-living innovations become solely the domain of a privileged urban elite. On today’s show we hear how issues from transit to housing to jobs are all affected by our changing climate, and how states like California are working to ensure that everyone benefits from a greener economy.