The trend toward complete communities shapes the debate on sustainability and environmentalism, and vice-versa.
Pedestrian sheds are a foundational idea of designing cohesive communities, but the challenge is the gap between what planners know and developers are building.
Suburbs are becoming more diverse and connected to meet the needs of Americans of all ages in the 21st Century.
The latest trend in urban design and planning gets them off of the paper and out of a big room, testing ideas in the real world. It is fun and hands-on, and making many converts.
A time-compressed design process that gathers all of the stakeholders and practitioners together has great potential for creating more holistic communities, experts say.
The cute Katrina Cottage has proven the versatility and usefulness of cottages that are designed to fit into complete neighborhoods.
In order to get good streets, you have to think beyond any single street—an idea that is at the core of New Urbanism. Dendritic networks lead to fragmented and dispersed land uses.
Transit-oriented development links transportation and land use—providing people with maximum choice in how to get around by intensifying activities near transit nodes with high quality public space.
Increasingly in demand today, missing middle housing forms the backbone of the quintessential American neighborhood.
Great places are built in small increments, and urbanists are restoring America's know-how and capacity for small-scale development by many individuals in their own communities. Do you want to be a small developer?
The New Urbanism brought the environmental transect methodology into planning and development of human-scale, complete communities. Now the human habitat can be analyzed as a continuum with the natural world.
The market is much more receptive to the benefits of mixed-use today, but it is still easier to talk about main street retail than to effectively build it.
New urban codes have allowed cities and towns to code for complete neighborhoods and public spaces as shared-use places.
A leaner, lighter approach to infrastucture is more cost-effective, sustainable, and livable—an idea worth considering for America in National Infrastructure Week.
Lean Urbanism seeks to bring common sense back into the planning and development process—because great neighborhoods are built with many hands, often in small increments.
From coast to coast and in middle America, more sensible parking policies are taking hold and may be the quickest path to urban revitalization.
Public housing in the form of complete or partial neighborhoods started with HOPE VI and became standard practice, impacting the lives of people in cities and towns across America.
Building thoroughfares as places of beauty and social interaction requires a context-based approach to design.
Editor's note: 25 Great Ideas of the New Urbanism is now a book, published by CNU. Download it for free here. The New Urbanism is a design movement toward complete, compact, connected communities—but it is also a generator of ideas that transform...
Reducing state and federal infrastructure costs while boosting local economies by strengthening urban places is a win-win from in-city freeway transformation.