A multidisciplinary group with potential influence on and understanding of the built environment, new urbanists were uniquely positioned to push back effectively against the status quo.
The well-known Panhandle beach town offers an early case study in frugal environmental design.
Here are roles and strategies that I have experienced to help many others to heal a damaged built environment.
Mid-rise residential buildings are an essential component of urbanism when they respond to context and help set the pattern of streets and blocks.
Designing a sophisticated city, one block at a time.
Giant surface parking destroys the geometrical coherence and pedestrian connectivity of a campus. The solution lies in limiting the width of the parking without reducing the number of parking spaces.
The boundary of a physical space counts for a major part of our spatial experience. Several distinct typologies for spaces contribute to a campus environment that is actively used.
Open space will be used when we feel that it encloses us with a semi-permeable, welcoming perimeter. The design of successful urban space therefore relies predominantly on human psychological responses.
Africa Drawn: One Hundred Cities
Fundamental sensory mechanisms determine how we walk in relation to built structures. This physiological basis must inform the design of pedestrian campus circulation.
In Curridabat, Costa Rica, new urbanist interventions are combined with park improvements, wetlands, and projects to improve biodiversity.
Identifying mistakes in designers' basic assumptions is a first step to a healthier, more sustainable built environment.