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New Urbanism . A Regional Design Elena Shulman. What is your ideal community?. Contents. History of New Urbanism A look at the policies Influential contributors Mesa Del Sol, New Mexico Outline for New Urbanism Criticisms TED Talk. Congress for the New Urbanism .

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new urbanism

New Urbanism

A Regional Design

Elena Shulman


History of New Urbanism

A look at the policies

Influential contributors

Mesa Del Sol, New Mexico

Outline for New Urbanism


TED Talk

congress for the new urbanism
Congress for the New Urbanism

Movement began in 1991

Collective plan of architects and planners: Peter Calthorpe, Andres Duany, Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk, Michael Corbett, Stefanos Polyzoides, Daniel Solomon and Elizabeth Moule

Awahnee Principles: goals of the movement

the region metro city and town 7
The region: Metro, city and town #7

“Cities and towns should bring into proximity a broad spectrum of public and private uses to support a regional economy that benefits people of all incomes. Affordable housing should be distributed throughout the region to match job opportunities and to avoid concentrations of poverty”

the neighborhood the district and the corridor 4
The neighborhood, the district and the corridor #4

“Within neighborhoods, a broad range of housing types and price levels can bring people of diverse ages, races, and incomes into daily interaction, strengthening the personal and civic bonds essential to an authentic community”

the block the street and the building 1
The block, the street, and the building #1

“A primary task of all urban architecture and landscape design is the physical definition of streets and public spaces as places of shared use”

jane jacobs
Jane Jacobs

“Streets and their

sidewalks, the main

public places of a city,

are its most vital


peter calthorpe
Peter Calthorpe

“Both need protected natural systems, vibrant centers, human scale circulation systems, a common civic realm, and integrated diversity”

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Mesa Del Sol, New Mexico
  • Largest New Urbanist project in the United States
  • Still currently under construction, to include 4 town centers and provide a twin city to Albuquerque
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Congress for the New Urbanism

Most dwellings within a 5 minute walk to center

Variety of housing types including accessory apartments for rental or home occupations


Inclusionary zoning as well as market rate affordable

Narrow streets shaded by rows of trees

Buildings close to street

Compact, high density

Main street

criticisms of new urbanism
Criticisms of New Urbanism

Artificial enclaves

Address issues associated with DINKs

Too strictly planned

Not affordable


The Ghastly Tragedy of the Suburbs