shoreline

shoreline
The Transect, says leading theorist and practitioner Andres Duany, is "the currency for negotiating the human place in nature."  As such, it represents a breakthrough in the integration of urban and ecological sustainability. In this seminal lecture, Duany outlines the principles and applications of this important and widely-used new planning tool.

churchfacade

churchfacade
New Urbanism is not a one-size-fits-all solution, but as the Charter of the New Urbanism specifies, “architecture and landscape design should grow from local climate, topography, history, and building practice.”  How should buildings reflect significant regional influences?  How can coding ensure a coherent public realm and response to local influences, while encouraging diverse and locally distinctive expressions? 

lasvegaskyline

lasvegaskyline
The Charter of the New Urbanism is deliberately style-neutral regarding architecture:  “Individual architectural projects should be seamlessly linked to their surroundings. This issue transcends style.”  What does this mean for specific projects?  In particular, how can the modernist emphasis on individuality and creativity be reconciled with the need for a coherent public realm?  Three of New Urbanism’s most articulate theorists and practitioners discuss how codes can permit diversity of stylistic expression, while preserving a functional public realm and quality of place.

daughterinNYC

daughterinNYC
Exciting things are happening in New York City today – changes to streetscapes, new pedestrian and civic spaces, new mixed-use projects. What led to them?  Join us for a historic 2001 panel discussion with leading urbanists, architects and planners, discussing coding strategies for New York and other great cities. This is an important discussion for planners, architects, developers, engineers, environmentalists, and citizens who want to understand the implementation of codes in high-density cities.

campusparkcrowd

campusparkcrowd
This course is designed to help college and university administrators and emergency managers and trainers prepare campuses for inevitable crises and disasters. Originally produced for the California Community Colleges and Universities, the content is generic and presents dramatizations and instruction by the narrator about the Standardized Emergency Management System (SEMS) and National Incident Management System (NIMS) compliance and emergency management best practices for college campuses.

Julio Cesar Perez Hernandez

Julio Cesar Perez Hernandez
Join an amazing walking tour of Havana and explore a hidden treasure of architectural heritage spanning 400 years of colonial and independent rule. You will be guided by the delightful Professor Julio Cesar Pérez Hernández, local architect, professor and author of the acclaimed book Inside Cuba.  How do people live today?

andres duanyThis is an indispensable in-depth primer on the history, principles, and concepts of New Urbanism as explained by Andres Duany, one of the founders of the Congress for the New Urbanism. The course provides a detailed introduction to the New Urbanism in theory and practice.  The course covers form-based codes, transportation and TOD planning, and the Transect, in a humorous and fascinating way.

kunstler

kunstler
Join James Howard Kunstler, author of the classic The Geography of Nowhere and The Long Emergency, as he gives a witty and informative analysis of the current state of civic space in the US and around the world. Kunstler assesses the prospects for "the tragic landscape of highway strips, parking lots, housing tracts, mega-malls, junked cities, and the ravaged countryside that makes up the everyday environment where most Americans live and work."

family

family
Today’s powerful demographic forces are shaping new trends in housing choices. Retiring boomers are abandoning their “McMansions” in the suburbs, while younger generations are seeking affordable starter homes.  In both cases they are fueling new demand for centrally located urban neighborhoods.

Sandy Sorlien: Smart Growth Codes, Plug In Modules

Paul Crabtree: Stormwater Management in Codes

Marina Khoury:  Case Study: Miami 21

  • Richard Hall: Transportation: Top 10 Code Issues
  • Jennifer Hurley: Code Administration
  • Steve Mouzon:Incorporating Sustainability into your Codes

Andres Duany entices you to take a closer look at the Smart Code Manual as he describes its urgent relevance, simplicity of use and planning flexibility. The SmartCode is a model transect-based planning and zoning document based on environmental analysis. It addresses all scales of planning, from the region to the community to the block and building. The template is intended for local calibration to your town or neighborhood.

  • Ann Daigle: Regional Plans and Codes
  • Susan Henderson: Smart Growth Codes: Calibration and Design
  • Hazel Borys: The Economics of Smart Growth Codes

Nathan Norris: Creating Political Will for Smart Growth Codes

Galina Tachieva: Sprawl Repair

Victor Dover: RFP Template for Smart Codes

apartmentrow

apartmentrow
Today’s urbanists are combining the sustainable qualities of traditional towns and cities with high performance “green” technologies.  Many technologies are available at the scale of the block, such as district energy, stormwater filtration, and solar orientation and shading. 

Nancy

Nancy
Urban projects of over 40 units per acre often face the toughest challenges.  In the face of big-city scrutiny by the public and the market, they must provide both a superior streetscape and the vast quantities of parking that investor’s demand. 

duany 2

duany 2
After the 2010 earthquake that shook Port au Prince, Haiti to a bed of rubble, The Central Banque of Haiti convened a planning charrette to redesign its ravaged capital city, lead by the Prince's Foundation, Hooper Brooks, Paul Crabtree and Andres Duany of DPZ.

Sustainability, once narrowly considered as a problem of building technology, is increasingly recognized as a challenge at the scale of urbanism.   Join three international leaders who will discuss this “urbanist revolution”:  Timothy Beatley, author of Green Urbanism and professor of sustainability at the University of Virginia; Marcia Jimenez, Chicago Commissioner of the Department of the Environment; and Doug Farr, author of Sustainable Urbanism, and the former chair of LEED-ND for the US Green Building Council.

beach path

beach path
Seaside, Florida has become an icon of New Urbanism – and a misunderstood stereotype.  Seaside almost single-handedly launched New Urbanism, revived local vernacular building traditions, and showed that traditional urbanism can be employed successfully to create livable, walkable streets and squares.  Get beyond the misconceptions to see Seaside’s real accomplishments and lessons learned, in this 1997 insider tour with planner Andres Duany and developer Robert Davis.