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Friday
Jun152007

What's 'New' in New Urbanism: Introduction

Frequently, members of CNU are confronted with the question "Isn't it just old urbanism, rediscovered? Besides greenfield sites, what is 'new' about New Urbanism?"  As part of a lecture at CNU XV, in May of 2007, Andres Duany mentioned several things which distinguish New Urbanism from its elder cousin.  Over several entries, I will share my own summary of, and comments on these items.

New Urbanism (in contrast to Old Urbanism) is:

1) Squeaky Clean (and safe)

2) Managed (and open late)

3) Organized

4) Water-permeable (and environmentally friendly)

5) Automobile-friendly

 

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