Martin Zimmerman

City Wise Studio USA
Director

Biography

Martin is a registered architect, city planner and urban journalist. As Director of City Wise Studio USA, he consults and writes about smart growth, multi-modal transportation, and proactive responses to the climate change crisis. Martin's articles and reviews have appeared in UrbanLand.org, the Charlotte Observer, Charlotte Agenda, APA Planning, Landscape Architecture, Blueprints Journal of the National Building Museum, and other media outlets.

As the first architect to lead the Office of Facilities Planning for the University of North Carolina at Charlotte (1992-2001), Martin helped guide its transition from car-centric to urban and linked to the city core by light rail transit. As executive director of the Charlotte Area Bicycle Alliance (2003-2012), he worked in tandem with Mayor Pat McCrory and his successor, Anthony Foxx, to further redirect the arc of Charlotte's travel culture. 

Martin is affiliated with the Land Use Advisory Committee of Sustain Charlotte, the Char-Meck Climate Leaders group, the League of American Bicyclists and the Institute for Transportation and Development Policy. He travels frequently to major cities in the USA, Canada and abroad in search of low carbon innovations for city living. His zero-carbon vehicle of choice has two wheels and a bell. 

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Articles

  • ui.uncc.edu
    Jun 19, 2018
    Charlotte first adopted a greenhouse gas emission reduction resolution in 2007.  Now, 11 years later, the City Council is considering a new resolution to move the initiative ahead.
  • plancharlotte.org
    Oct 24, 2017
    Can a suburban area be truly green? One city in Germany offers lessons in building a family-friendly environment with a small carbon footprint. Commentary.
  • ui.uncc.edu
    Oct 24, 2017
    Can a suburban area be truly green? One city in Germany offers lessons in building a family-friendly environment with a small carbon footprint. Commentary.
  • plancharlotte.org
    Jul 18, 2017
    Today’s urban crisis, writes Richard Florida, is as bad as the era of white-flight suburbanization and central city decay of the ’50s and ’60s. Book review.
  • ui.uncc.edu
    Jul 18, 2017
    Today’s urban crisis, writes Richard Florida, is as bad as the era of white-flight suburbanization and central city decay of the ’50s and ’60s. Book review.
  • plancharlotte.org
    May 17, 2017
    A proposed new bicycle plan for Charlotte hits the mark in many ways. But without dedicated funding, will it be merely a feel-good exercise? Commentary. 
  • ui.uncc.edu
    May 17, 2017
    A proposed new bicycle plan for Charlotte hits the mark in many ways. But without dedicated funding, will it be merely a feel-good exercise? Commentary. 
  • plancharlotte.org
    Apr 26, 2016
    Street Fight, a new book about New York’s efforts to improve pedestrian and bicycle amenities, is also relevant to Charlotte or any city feeling the tension between today’s auto-addicted culture and a growing chorus wanting more balance in the transportation system.
  • ui.uncc.edu
    Apr 26, 2016
    Street Fight, a new book about New York’s efforts to improve pedestrian and bicycle amenities, is also relevant to Charlotte or any city feeling the tension between today’s auto-addicted culture and a growing chorus wanting more balance in the transportation system.
  • plancharlotte.org
    Feb 17, 2016
    As Charlotte city planners undertake a revamp of the zoning code—as rapid development continues—a detailed time line presented to a City Council committee might shave as much as a year off the lengthy process.