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Glenwood Park Town Center
Rendering by James Dougherty-Dover & Kohl Partners

"New Urbanism is becoming popular because, after 50 years of modernism's failed promises, there exists at last a theory and a practice that delivers pleasing and practical forms of rural and urban development."
Leon Krier


Urban Development Rivierenburt, Den Haag, Holland
by Rob Krier and Christoph Kohl

New Urbanism Will Happen 


Mizner Park
by Cooper Carry Inc.
(Photo by Cooper Carry Inc.)
"A failed shopping mall has been converted into a mixed use district including residences, offices, and shops designed around a central esplanade. Mizner Park is now one of the most successful regional shopping districts in the country."

Adele Freedman: "What happens next?" 
Jane Jacobs: "The New Urbanists are going to win out."
(Interview in Architecture Magazine, 2000)


Los Alamos Downtown Master Plan, Los Alamos, New Mexico
by Moule & Polyzoides, Architects and Urbanists

"New Urbanism is not a transcendental ideology but a versatile technique of settling land. Even though its goal is to create or restore communities, it does not not posit these as products of self-sacrificing fantasy but rather as structures which best serve the self-interests of human individuals and groups, be they families, companies or institutions, in rural or urban settings.
In order for such communities to work, they need to evolve certain patterns of public spaces, of density and size, of hierarchy, of admixture and proximity. Their complexity, however, should not result from social ingeneering, but needs to be allowed to grow through a variety of complementary activities developed on neighbouring plots, forming urban frontages along streets, squares, parks or countryside within an urban masterplan."
Leon Krier
(Published by Open Democracy, August 2001)


Los Alamos Downtown Master Plan, Los Alamos, New Mexico
Performing Arts Center with Public Piazza
by Moule & Polyzoides, Architects and Urbanists

The Los Alamos Downtown Master Plan aims to create a pedestrian-oriented town center in a downtown currently dominated by suburban zoning and parking lots. It includes a north-south retail main street, anchored by a performing arts center facing a public plaza to the north and an outdoor amphitheater overlooking the spectacular Los Alamos Canyon to the south. Other proposed development along Los Alamos Canyon includes a public park, courtyard housing, and an office campus for use by the National Laboratory.
Implementation of the Master Plan is achieved through a series of integrated public and private actions, which include improvements to the civic infrastructure of parks and streets, the adoption of a new regulating plan and development code, and the creation of a 'Park Once' district. These actions, when combined, establish a comprehensive and expedient framework for private development.
The Master Plan was generated during a five-day, on-site public charrette. Over 1000 people participated in the charrette, which was documented online at:

The Case for New Urbanism 


Street View, New Town of Arcadia, Cuba
(San Antonio de los Baños)
by Julio César Perez

"New Urbanism is neither a political nor a religious ideology.
New Urbanism, as defined on the New Urbanism website:
 is an urban design movement that burst onto the scene in the late 1980s and early 1990s. New Urbanists aim to reform all aspects of real estate development. Their work affects regional and local plans. They are involved in new development, urban retrofits, and suburban infill.
 In all cases, New Urbanist neighbourhoods are walkable, and contain a diverse range of housing and jobs. New Urbanists support regional planning for open space, appropriate architecture and planning, and the balanced development of jobs and housing. They believe these strategies are the best way to reduce how long people spend in traffic, to increase the supply of affordable housing, and to rein in urban sprawl."
Leon Krier
"Planning for Humanity"
(Published in Open Democracy, August 2001)


New Traditional Neighborhood Kentlands
by Duany & Plater-Zyberk
(Photo by Jason Miller)


Masterplan of Kentlands
by Duany & Plater-Zyberk
(Courtesy of Duany & Plater-Zyberk)

"Surrounded by suburbia, Kentlands puts the car back in the garage and the people back on its streets. Located 11 miles northwest of the Washington D.C. beltway, in the city of Gaithersburg, MD., the 352-acre neotraditional development seamlessly combines its parts --residential, office, civic, cultural and retail uses-- into a working whole that is within walking distance of all residences. As Peter Katz wrote in 'The New Urbanism', "Kentlands is the first application of the traditional neighborhood development principles to a real, year-round, working community." Now, more than 12 years after its inception, the mature Kentlands continues to prove itself as one of the best-conceived, best-executed TNDs in the nation." 
Jason Miller
"Walking in Kentlands"
(Published by TND, Traditional Neighborhood Design)