Carmel Urban Design Initiative

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Urban Design InitiativeThe Carmel Urban Design Initiative was an education and consensus-building project initiated by the City of Carmel’s Department of Community Services (DOCS) and facilitated by EDEN Land and Design, to create a better understanding of important land use issues, and introduce urban design principles into the on-going city building efforts of the City of Carmel, Indiana.

Throughout 2005 & 2006, the Carmel Urban Design Initiative held a series of presentations, guest lectures and discussions, with topics including housing and retail market trends, urban design, density and the environment. Carmel’s elected and appointed officials were identified as significant leaders and have been formally asked to participate along with the public, In addition to a video production, which may be viewed online or on Carmel’s Public Access Channel, the Carmel Urban Design Initiative published a booklet and display piece. The booklet, titled Civic Design [PDF], is a compilation of guiding design principles as a result of recent field study, education and research. The Principles described and illustrated in Civic Design will continue to guide development in Carmel's central ares. If you have any questions, please contact Adrienne Keeling, Planning Administrator at 317.571.2417 or

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