Thursday, April 07, 2005

New Urbanism

New Urbanism is an urban design movement that became very popular beginning in the 1980s and early 1990s.

The goal of new urbanists is to reform all aspects of real estate development and urban planning. These include everything from urban retrofits, to suburban infill.

The new urbanism is a reaction to sprawl. A growing movement of architects, planners, and developers, new urbanism is based on principles of planning and architecture that work together to create human-scale, walkable communities. New urbanists take a wide variety of approaches -- some work exclusively on infill projects, others focus on transit-oriented development, still others are attempting to transform the suburbs, and many are working in all of these categories. New urbanism includes traditional architects and those with modernist sensibilities. All, however, believe in the power and ability of traditional neighborhoods to restore functional, sustainable communities.


The Suburbs


Anonymous Andrew said...

I stumbled accross your page when I was on wikipedia reading the article about Urban Sprawl. I live in Rochester, NY, and there have been many public discussions regarding sprawl, and I have become very interested in this topic. However, many of the "powers that be" have not acted on slowing down and stopping urban sprawl. Infact, it seems that developers often play the "I'll loose money buy not gobbling up green space" card, thus creating yet another development and leaving more emptiness in already developed areas. What are some ways that you have found that create public support for New Urbanism? I would love to discuss this further with you.

2:52 PM  
Blogger Phaedrus said...

As to implimenting new Urbanism, or traditional neighborhood designs, see my next instalment of the New Urbanism Newsletter, Vol 1, Issue 4.

1:08 PM  

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