Edward Erfurt is a passionate urban designer who has been working with communities to design and implement walkable communities for almost 10 years. His work follows the principles outlined in the Charter of the New Urbanism, and promotes traditional town planning principles common in America prior to the 1950′s. His philosophy of design and placemaking focuses on promoting cities, towns, and neighborhoods, which are beautiful and of lasting value. This body of work builds on the unique character that makes the tapestry of place.
Edward has followed his passion for urban design and placemaking through his work in communities across America. He has developed Pattern Books and Community Vision Books across the country that on regional patterns and the crucial connection between people and their community. This passion has led to his blog Restless Urbanist, where he shares his candid and person observations of the built world.
Currently Edward is an Urban Designer for the Martin County Community Redevelopment Agency in Stuart, Florida. Edward works for the public sector with stakeholders in seven community redevelopment areas integrating urban design and architecture strategies for redeveloping suburban and urban environments.
Michelle Erfurt is married to a New Urbanist… Edward Erfurt. She shares the unique perspective of the new urbanist’s spouse in a regular column in Edward’s blog. Michelle is a board certified music therapist and works at Lawnwood Regional Medical Center in Ft. Pierce, Florida. She has her own music therapy related blog: Music Therapy Tween and monthly music therapy podcast: The Music Therapy Round Table. When she is not working you can usually find her lounging at home, making music or enjoying a glass of wine with friends.
Edward Erfurt V is the son of Edward and Michelle… thus, the son of a New Urbanist. He joined the Restless Urbanist team in January of 2013. Edward shares his unique view of life as he encounters it on the Restless Urbanist blog. He enjoys the basic necessities of life: a nice meal, a cozy bed and socializing with his family.