Dhiru Thadani

Dhiru A. Thadani is an architect and urbanist. As a design principal and partner, he has completed projects the world over. Thadani was born to the boisterous urbanism of Bombay, India, and moved to Washington, D.C. in 1972 to attend The Catholic University of America, where he received his undergraduate and graduate degrees in architecture. During his forty years in Washington, he has taught, practiced, and worked to place architecture and urbanism in the public eye. He is the author of Visions of Seaside: Foundations / Evolution / Imagination / Built & Unbuilt Architecture, published by Rizzoli in June 2013. His previous book, The Language of Towns and Cities: A Visual Dictionary was published by Rizzoli in 2010. He is also the co-editor of Leon Krier: The Architecture of Community published by Island Press in 2009. Since its formation in 1993, Thadani has been a charter member of the Congress for the New Urbanism (CNU), and is a former board member. He was a 2001 Fellow in the Knight Program for Community Building, a five-time recipient of the CNU Charter Award for design, and the recipient of the 2011 Seaside Prize.

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The good, the bad, and the ugly

New urbanists often exalt European urbanism precedents as exemplary models worth emulating. However, it is myth that European cities have managed to resist the devastation of placeless modern planning. On a recent visit to Delft, Johannes Vermeer’...
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Leon Krier's foundational diagram

Leon Krier’s Res Publica Res Economica Civitas ideogram is the foundational diagram for New Urbanism. The thesis promotes that real towns and cities are made up of two distinct realms — public and private. Krier likened the upper left drawing to a...
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Urban adventure in China

Chance encounters with strangers, random humane acts of kindness, and the experience of discovering new places make travel and urban life memorable. And they may possibly influence future behavior. On my first trip to China in 2013, I arrived in...