We prepare codes because it is the most abstract, rigorous, and intellectually refined practice available to a designer. It is also verifiable: by being projected into the world, codes engage a reality that can lead to resounding failure (or success...
Those who think “15-minute cities” are for wealthy urbanites should consider this graph from a recent nationwide study. It shows a powerful reverse correlation between household income and use of services and amenities within a 15-minute walk of...
The state of California is responding to the nation’s second highest housing costs (behind only Hawaii) with regulatory reforms that promote form-based codes along transit lines and commercial corridors.
The ten campaigns selected for the 2023 Freeways Without Futures report offer a roadmap to the future of North American infrastructure
Even a city that is getting better makes mistakes, such as a massive concrete wall around a development in a city where population and urbanism are growing.
Embracing neighborhood change to address the housing crisis.


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Members encouraged to take stronger role in future CNU programs

A core line from the Charter of the New Urbanism states, “We are committed to reestablishing the relationship between the art of building and the...

Bois-Franc, a neotraditional town under construction

In Bois-Franc, a neotraditional town under construction in the City of St. Laurent, Quebec, developer Bombardier Real Estate has come up with a...

Bloomberg administration experiments with Broadway

Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s administration intends to experiment with closing five blocks of Broadway in Midtown Manhattan to vehicular traffic,...

Madison, Wisconsin, has adopted an ordinance that requires

Madison, Wisconsin, has adopted an ordinance that requires developers of projects of 10 or more housing units to set aside 15 percent of the units...

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Suburbia was a housing program

We used to understand that housing construction was in the public interest