Denver is a young city and a growing city. In 2002, some pressing growth issues led the city to adopt a plan called Blueprint Denver that includes integrated land-use and transportation plans. The aim is clear: “use land in a way that is healthy for the economy, supports alternative mode of transportation and maintains the integrity of neighborhoods.” Since then, the City launched the New Code Denver website to engage with its community. Denver is also one of the first US cities to launch the B Cycle bicycle sharing program (pictured above) modeled on Paris’ Velib.
The City is also home to a number of large scale public art and architectural venues including the extension to the Denver Art Museum by Studio Daniel Libeskind, the Convention Center and Garage by Fentress Bradburn Architects, or the Big Blue Bear by Lawrence Argent.
Denver has an intriguing architectural environment. Neighborhoods around the downtown area are filled with colorful homes that look like a fusion between Victorian, Swiss chalet and fictitious cartoon styles. This particular aesthetic seems to be unique to Denver so we intend to investigate and find out more about it.