Urban design

Dealing with urban design

The plan that made a drab suburb cool

This video from urbanists Dover, Kohl & Partners offers instructions on the transformation of an inner suburb that was languishing. 

Enough about the Millennials already!

Be careful about lazy research.

Why urban history matters

Going forward, let's not discount the influence of history's recurring themes in how we redevelop the urban realm.

New urban math

To forge a coalition for urban places, let’s start by trumpeting an important fact: The value of cities and towns transcends simple arithmetic. Part 1 in a 3-part series.

Informing excellence, not imitation

When I write about a particular square in some inspiring place, I’m not saying we should stamp 5-story buildings on squares all across the landscape. I’m reaffirming that a sense of enclosure can provide a feeling of comfort and satisfaction.

Visions of Seaside

A new book examines the principled past and visions for the future of the town that inspired New Urbanism.

Urbanism without effort: sometimes the best places are created instinctively

While conscious city planning can be good, the instinctive organization of city life can be even better, and the world is full of examples if we look for them.

Designing Suburban Futures: New Models from Build a Better Burb

A book by by June Williamson
Island Press, 2013, 138 pp., $35 paperback, $70 hardcover

Kigali, Lower East Side plans top Charter Awards

A student project to radically rethink housing projects on New York’s Lower East Side and a holistic approach to a Rwandan village took top honors at the 2013 CNU Charter Awards, announced at CNU 21 in Salt Lake City.

Benefits of the grid

I have organized some of my main arguments from the Great American Grid debate at CNU into a simple list describing the benefits of the grid.

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