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New Urbanism

From Lab to Field

It started as a response

Where we once built this

now we aspire for this

This was once acceptable

but this has become the new norm

However we made those investments by defaulting on these

and these,

and these.

An Economic Development Corp’s vision for Urban Agriculture

Benton Harbor, Michigan

Benton Harbor, Michigan

Reston Town Center


Georgia SER

Cities are not disposable

The next challenge:

To translate the theory we have developed in our “urban labs� and apply it in the field.

The Congress for the New Urbanism 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.

P Street, Washington, DC

High Line, New York

Pittsburgh, of all places

Braddock, PA

Braddock, PA

The age of predictability is over (this is not a prediction)

Our true accounting system is emerging

And or current "urban" development modules don't compute

We have limited resources and access to capital

The $500k charrette and planning process is on hold


There is a lot of work to do in Post-Burnham era

The Braddock Initiative

New Urbanism: From Lab to Field  
New Urbanism: From Lab to Field  

New Urbanism's Pivot Point: From Lab to Field(adapted from Wednesday, 9 May 2012 Presentation)We are at an critical juncture in our industry...