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New financial agreements have finally cleared the way for the construction of Playa Vista, the troubled but much heralded new urban development in Los Angeles designed by Moule & Polyzoides and Duany Plater-Zyberk. If built as planned, the...
The City of Redmond, Washington, sprawling suburb and home of Microsoft Corp., almost had a four-anchor enclosed regional mall, planned and approved in the l980s. The 1989 bankruptcy of a major tenant intervened. When the project resurfaced in 1992...
A failed regional mall in Winter Park, Florida, was the subject of a redesign charrette in May, 1997. The consultants — Dover, Kohl & Partners, Gibbs Planning Group and Glatting Jackson Anglin Lopez Rinehart — proposed a two-step transformation...
Saks Fifth Avenue is planning additional “main street” department stores, after successfully experimenting with smaller, downtown locations in Greenwich, Connecticut, and Charleston, South Carolina. These stores are about a third the size (35,000 to...
Some supporters of New Urbanism believe that big box stores, typically built of dryvit faced cinderblocks and ranging from 25,000 sq. ft. to 250,000 sq. ft., have no place on traditional main streets. To date, very few such stores have located in...
Quantifying the benefits of New Urbanism poses problems for two reasons. First, the movement is so new that sufficient built examples for study are lacking. Second, some of the benefits are spiritual, and therefore defy measurement. How does one...
Twenty-four foot wide streets are the safest, according to a study by Swift and Associates and the City of Longmont, Colorado. The study, Residential Street Typology and Injury Accident Frequency, looked at 20,000 automobile accident reports over an...
Researchers determine that good urban design is the reason why consumers are willing to pay more to live in the Gaithersburg neotraditional project. A recent George Washington University study shows that consumers are willing to pay $30,000 to $...
A new awards program aims to identify the best in environmental design research and practice. Sponsored by the Environmental Design Research Association (EDRA) and the journal Places, the program will include two categories of awards. “Design...
My adventure in Celebration began just over a year ago, and I don’t think my family’s life will every be the same. What started as a personal exploration of living in a neotraditional community to gain insight into the concept has now become a...
I went to Berlin to see what it was like to be in city undergoing serious reconstruction. We don’t have anything like that here in the States, but it’s reassuring to see that somebody in the western world believes in the future of cities. There is...
Nothing is more important to success or failure of new urbanist projects than street design. The street is the first part of the public realm encountered when leaving the private realm. With poorly designed streets, it’s difficult to imagine...