New Urbanism

Why No Nobel Prize For Architecture?

The big awards divide the profession into modernists and traditionalists.

Charting History–With a Little Voyeurism–in Google Maps

Find out when a strip mall was built—or spy on a romantic dinner.

Today’s Skyscrapers Assault the Skyline and the Street

Many new towers do not respect their neighbors or the human scale of city life.

Drivers Declare War on Walkers

For Pedestrians, Life is Nasty, Brutish—and Too Often Short

A Recipe For Transforming a Midwestern Neighborhood

It must begin at the grassroots, steering away from the outsider “fix it” mentality.

Time for a Left-Right Consensus on Zoning Reform

Together we can correct restrictions that drive up prices and squeeze potential residents out of our cities.

The False Mirage of Eco-Cities

Resilient cities must be real places, not techno-utopian experiments.

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Stuck in America’s Struggling Small Towns

When it comes to being poor, geography is destiny. But do we just leave blighted communities to die?

Trump’s Infrastructure Plan Gets Some Things Right

There’s lots to like, and it could have been much worse.

Orange County Gets Density—and Subpar Urbanism

New developments in old suburbia resemble an odd platypus hybrid.

Are These Four Walls Causing You Pleasure—or Pain?

Neuroscience is illuminating old truths about our buildings and ourselves.

Driving and Thinking on a Classic New Jersey Highway Strip

I was surprised to find not much has changed in our living patterns over the last 50 years.

Slow the Cars

Streets emphasize wealth creation. Roads are about movement. Combining the two functions is folly.

A Philosopher Embraces New Urbanism—At Home and In the Classroom

Raised in sprawling Orange County, I rediscovered the virtues of traditional neighborhood life in the Midwest.

We Should Not Fear Gentrification In the Rust Belt

Squelching private investment in the urban core will only perpetuate inequality and economic segregation.

Why Some Suburban Malls Survive

They still enable a communal ritual where otherwise isolated people can share common experiences.

The New Urbanist Credo: ‘Make No Big Plans’

In a new book, Strong Towns promotes a fine-grained, bottom-up approach to development