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KATARXIS N°2

New Urbanism

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Beach Color, Florida
 
 by Seth Harry and Associates,  Inc., Architects and Planners

Charter of New Urbanism 

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New Town of Seaside, Florida
 
by Andrés Duany & Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk

"The Congress of New Urbanism views disinvestment in central cities, the spread of of placeless sprawl, increasing separation by race and income, environmental deterioration, loss of agricultural lands and wilderness, and the erosion of society's built heritage as one interrelated community-building challenge.
 
We stand for the restoration of existing urban centers and towns within coherent metropolitan regions, the reconfiguration of sprawling suburbs into communities of real neighborhoods and diverse districts, the conservation of natural environments, and the preservation of our built legacy."

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Redevelopment of McAdenville, North Carolina
 
Seth Harry and Associates, Inc., Architects and Planners
 
 
"Redevelopment proposal for an existing historic mill village, 15 minutes from Charlotte, along a river and with significant interstate frontage."

"We recognize that physical solutions by themselves will not solve social and economic problems, but neither can economic vitality, community stability, and environmental health be sustained without a coherent and supportive physical framework."

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Windsor Town Center, Florida
 
by Duany & Plater-Zyberk
 
Architecture by  Scott Merrill and Georg Pastor  
 

"We advocate the restructuring of public policy and development practices to support the following principles: neighborhoods should be diverse in use and population; communities should be designed for the pedestrian and transit as well as the car; cities and towns should be shaped by physically defined and universally accessible public spaces and community institutions; urban places should be framed by architecture and landscape design that celebrate local history, climate, ecology, and building practice."

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City Plaza and Church in West Palm Beach, Florida
 
 by Elkus / Manfredi Architects
 
(West Palm Beach Downtown Master Plan by DPZ)

"We represent a broad-based citizenry, composed of public and private sector leaders, community activists, and multidisciplinary professionals. We are committed to reestablishing the relationship between the art of building and the making of community, through citizen-based participatory planning and design."

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New Town of Kentlands
 
by Duany & Plater-Zyberk

"We dedicate ourselves to reclaiming our homes, blocks, streets, parks, neighborhoods, districts, towns, cities, regions, and environment."

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Street in New Town Kentlands
 
by Duany & Plater-Zyberk

"Charter of the New Urbanism"
 
Congress for the New Urbanism
 
Please click on the link below to read the complete version of the Charter:

Charter of the New Urbanism

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New Town of Seaside, Florida
 
by Duany&Plater-Zyberk, Miami

"Controversial at first, these traditional neighborhood developments, wether new towns or suburban enclaves, are now considered by many real estate theorists to be the leading edge, especially as new studies show both growing demand for taut, livable neighborhoods, undergirded by strict principles of town planning, and better investment potential, indicating that houses in such developments appreciate better than their conventional counterparts."
 
Beth Dunlop
 
(New York Times, December 9th, 2001) 

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Tennis Cottage, Windsor, Florida
 
by Scott Merrill and George Pastor
 
(Photo by S. Merrill /G. Pastor)

"Critics have also described Florida's New Urbanist developments as not being 'real' because they are resorts.
 
 And indeed a number of Florida's New Urbanist towns --the four in the Panhandle and Windsor-- are essentially resort towns, with just a few full-time residents, though the number is growing.
 
Mr. Duany points out that historically most Florida towns originated as resorts. --"Miami was a resort", he said, --"that evolved" --"Resorts have to be utopias, so they have to be better than normal. They are a labatory to a higher aspiration." 
 
Beth Dunlop
 
(New York Times, December 9th, 2001)

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Aerial view of Seaside, Florida
 
by Andrés Duany & Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk
 
(Photo by Alex McLean of Landslides)

"New Urbanism is not utopian and does not impose social master plans. Instead, it allows the infinite variety of human talent and ambition to build harmonious and pleasing environments."
 
Leon Krier

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New Town of Broekpolder near Amsterdam, Holland
 
by Rob Krier and Christoph Kohl

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View from Exedra, Town Center, Windsor, Florida
 
by Duany & Plater-Zyberk
Exedra by Scott Merrill and Georg Pastor
 
(Photo by Lucien Steil)

New Urbanism Will Happen! 

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New Bombay, Bombay, India
 
by Dhiru Thadani and Peter Hetzel

"New Urbanism will happen because citizens, public agencies and private developers find a common vision and a common path through the ticket of challenges, -- because they recognize the futility of 'Nimbyism' and 'Bananism', and the irrelevance of macro-sculptural architecture, and the naiveté of laisser-faire radicalism, -- because they recognize a successful pattern for human community , recognize that it can be adapted to contemporary circumstances, and demand some form of it in their own neighborhood, and find a way that everybody can still make a good living along the way."
 
Michael Mehaffy
 
 

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Alvarado Center Master Plan, Albuquerque, New Mexico
 
by Moule &  Polyzoides, Architects and Urbanists

 New Town Kirchsteigfeld, Potsdam

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Roof View of New Town of Kirchsteigfeld, Potsdam
 
by Rob Krier and Christoph Kohl
 
(Photo: Archiv Grooth & Graalfs)

"More than just a garden-suburb, Kirchsteigfeld integrates the open flow of space and light which is the 20th century's great contribution to housing, while celebrating the historic qualities of place and identity which we have learned once more to value in making urban forms for community."
 
John Ruble and Buzz Yudell
 
 

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New Town of Kirchsteigfeld, Potsdam
 
Existing Buildings and Proposed Completion
 
by Rob Krier and Christoph Kohl
 
(Photo: Archiv Krier & Kohl)

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Working Model of Hufeisenplatz, Kirchsteigfeld, Potsdam
 
by Rob Krier and Cristoph Kohl
 
(Photo: Archiv Krier & Kohl)

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View across the Hufeisenplatz, Kirchsteigfeld, Potsdam
 
by Rob Krier and Christoph Kohl
 
(Photo: Archiv Grooth & Graalfs) 

"The basic approach of our urban design concept in the 'block' formation. This enables the creation of many different spatial configurations of squares and street sequences that give the individual 'places' their indelible character and offer inhabitants the kind of familiar quality found in a typical Berlin neighborhood, or Kiez."
 
Rob Krier and Christoph Kohl

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Maimi-von-Mirbach Strasse, Kirchsteigfeld, Potsdam
 
by Rob Krier and Christoph Kohl
 
(Photo:  Archiv Krier & Kohl )

"Urban Space is created by the built massing and their elevations. Buildings are therefore space-forming. The designer of a building is consequently responsible for the image that is created and imposed upon the user. Buildings mark their surroundings and must accordingly capture the 'genius loci' and reflect this 'spirit of the place' in which they are located. In this sense buildings 'serve' their context and the people which inhabit them"
 
Rob Krier and Christoph Kohl