Peter Calthorpe

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Peter Calthorpe
Peter Calthorpe on book tour (6545182197) (cropped).jpg
Calthorpe in 2011
Born1949 (age 69–70)
NationalityUnited States
EducationB.A. Antioch College, Yale School of Architecture
Spouse(s)Jean Driscoll
FamilyDiana Calthorpe (sister)
Jonathan F. P. Rose (brother-in-law)
Rachel Rose (niece)

Peter Calthorpe (born 1949) is a San Francisco-based architect, urban designer and urban planner. He is a founding member of the Congress for New Urbanism, a Chicago-based advocacy group formed in 1992 that promotes sustainable building practices.


Calthorpe was born in London and raised in Palo Alto.[1] He attended the Yale School of Architecture.

In the 1986 he, along with Sim Van der Ryn, published Sustainable Communities.[citation needed] In the early 1990s he developed the concept of Transit Oriented Development (TOD) highlighted in The Next American Metropolis: Ecology, Community,and the American Dream.[2]

He has taught at U.C. Berkeley, the University of Washington, the University of Oregon, and the University of North Carolina.[citation needed]

In 1989, he proposed the concept of "Pedestrian Pocket" an up to 110 acres (45 ha) pedestrian friendly, transit linked, mixed-use urban area with a park at its centre. The Pedestrian Pocket mixes low-rise high-density housing, commercial and retail uses. The concept had a number of similarities with Ebenezer Howard's Garden City, and aimed to be an alternative to the then usual low-density residential suburban developments.[3]

Personal life[edit]

He is married to Jean Driscoll.[4] He has three children: Lucia, Jacob, and Asa.[4] His sister Diana Calthorpe is married to real estate developer Jonathan F.P. Rose.[5] His niece is artist Rachel Rose.


  • Calthorpe, Peter and Sim Van der Ryn (1986). Sustainable Communities: A New Design Synthesis for Cities, Suburbs and Towns. San Francisco: Sierra Club Books. ISBN 0-87156-629-X
  • Calthorpe, Peter: The Pedestrian pocket, in Doug, Kelbaugh (ed.) Pedestrian Pocket Book, 1989
  • Calthorpe, Peter: The Next American Metropolis: Ecology, Community, and the American Dream, Princeton Architectural Press, 1993
  • Calthorpe, Peter and Fulton, William: The Regional City, Island Press, 2001
  • Calthorpe, Peter: Urbanism in the Age of Climate Change, Island Press, 2010


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