New Urbanist Infill Projects

Development patterns should not blur or eradicate the edges of the metropolis. Infill development within existing urban areas conserves environmental resources, economic investment, and social fabric, while reclaiming marginal and abandoned areas. Metropolitan regions should develop strategies to encourage such infill development over peripheral expansion.
-- Charter of the New Urbanism

In the summer of 2007, CNU asked members to help identify and describe significant in-city new urbanist projects so that we can create detailed listings and online project profiles that make new urbanist involvement in existing cities more visible. “The response was very strong,” reports CNU President John Norquist. “We had members submit detailed reports on about 250 projects. They identified 49 infill projects from California alone, 25 from Florida and 12 from New York State.” Even though the list isn't comprehensive, just a voluntary sampling, says Norquist, "it reveals just how active new urbanists have been inside cities. For many members of CNU, creating new development that reinforces the existing and often degraded fabric of existing cities is one of the most stimulating and rewarding challenges in their careers."

View PDFS of the submissions organized by states by following the links below. The PDFs also feature links to illustrated profiles of many of these infill projects in CNU's Project Database. Explore these links to get a better feeling for the impressive range of form and density of these projects -- and the progress they repersent in rebuilding and renewing cities.

Project names and locations (from left to right), top of page: Garrison Woods, Calgary, AB; Del Mar Station, Pasadena, CA; North End Lofts, Milwaukee, WI; 8th and Pearl, Boulder, CO; Crossings at Gresham Station, Gresham, OR.

Bottom of page (from left to right): Southside, Greensboro, NC; Lakewood Balmoral, Chicago, Il; Juniper Street Lofts, Atlanta, GA; Belvedere Precinct, Perth, AU; Safeway at Mission Bay, San Francisco, CA.