Planning

Rethinking Green: Blockbuster Report in Environmental Building News Measures Impact of "Driving to Green Buildings"

The Nobel Committee’s decision to award this year’s Peace Prize for environmental activism reminds us that the environment has become a pressing political topic in recent years. The critical question is what kind of practical changes such publicity about global warming will affect. ... read more »

McKibben on Global Warming, and (New) Urbanism

Bill McKibben's recent reviews from the New York Review of Books suggest New Urbanism's potential role in the fight against global warming. ... read more »

The Camden NJ Regional Equity Demonstration Project - Rutgers University

After 50 years of continuous and accelerating job loss, population flight, propertymarket decline, plummeting municipal revenues, and civic collapse, Camden has embarked on a land-redevelopment process of unprecedented proportions, initiated by a state takeover of the city’s municipal functions, A... read more »

Obesity-Walkability-New Urbanism Link

It seems more and more studies these days are making the connection between the built environment and health, and pointing to the challenge we face in improving our communities. Two recent news stories are a case in point. One covers a study that found a link between gas prices and obesity. Higher... read more »

SNU Congress I

To anyone interested in the first Students for New Urbanism Conference: This post is to notify you about the first Students for New Urbanism Congress to be held this October at the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana. ... read more »

Why a new urbanist charrette is what TOD-fueled Evanston needs right now

So what makes a good new urbanist charrette just what Evanston needs at this pivotal point in its history – at this moment when the inner-ring Chicago suburb has become one of the most exciting examples of transit-oriented development in the U.S. yet when vocal longtime residents fear they’re lo... read more »

A New Urbanist Charrette Comes to TOD City, Part 1

A leading post-baby-boomer new urbanist architect-planner, Kevin Klinkenberg, led a five-day charrette in Evanston last week, before catching a well deserved Cubs game on Saturday. Kevin’s peers are also doing admirable work, just not as close to home as Evanston. So though I had to skip the Cubs ... read more »

Access Living: An Example in Universal and Green Design

On Thursday, July 19th, 2007, several members from CNU visited the new state-of-the-art headquarters for Access Living . Access Living is an advocacy agency focused on changes that benefit people with disabilities in a variety of areas (i.e., healthcare, youth services, housing, civil rights and ec... read more »

Greyfields Provide Challenging Development Opportunites

Amy Saunder's article entitled "Retail ghosts"in the Columbus Dispatch discusses the increasing failure of conventional malls and the subsequent upward spike in the development of outdoor shopping and "lifestyle" centers. ... read more »

Panel votes to save Sears Building from Campbell's Soup Plans

Friday, June 22, 2007 By ALAN GUENTHER Courier-Post Staff TRENTON Historic Sites Council member Marilou Ehrler pleaded with Campbell's executives..."Please don't move out of Camden." By a 5-1 vote, the state Historic Sites Council on Thursday recommended that Campbell be denied permission to take do... read more »