Once upon a time …. Pyrmont as new urbanism.
“The new urbanist approach can be applied at many scales, from individual subdivisions to entire regions. One of the avowed goals of new urbanism is to reduce the environmental impact of development and to protect natural areas. Among other things, it promises to cut land consumption through more compact development; decrease air pollution and energy consumption by reducing driving; and limit water pollution by preserving wetlands and by reducing the number of roads and other impervious surfaces that produce contaminated runoff.” Pollard, 2001
“… views disinvestment in central cities, the spread of placeless sprawl, increasing separation by race and income, environmental deterioration, loss of agricultural lands and wilderness, and the erosion of society's built heritage as one interrelated community-building challenge.” user.gru.net/domz/charter.htm
“We advocate the restructuring of public policy and development practices to support the following principles: neighborhoods should be diverse in use and population; communities should be designed for the pedestrian and transit as well as the car; cities and towns should be shaped by physically defined and universally accessible public spaces and community institutions; urban places should be framed by architecture and landscape design that celebrate local history, climate, ecology, and building practice.” user.gru.net/domz/charter.htm