congress for the new urbanism

social and cultural geography, urban renewal — By on May 25, 2010 at 10:59 pm

The New Urbanist movement took root in the early eighties as a response to the wasteful and bland architecture of modernist suburban development. The movement solidified in the official form of ”Congress for the New Urbanism”, a body encompassing architects, planners, environmentalists, financiers, developers and other activists promoting healthy cities, walkable neighbourhoods and expansion of public transport.

The intellectual framework of CNU derives from the works of urban philosophers such as Lewis Mumford and Jane Jacobs who in books such as “The City in history”  and “The life and death of great American Cities”  criticized the modernist practice of building single-use housing projects, large car dependent streets and segregated uses of the city.

Designers such as Andrés Duany, Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk, Daniel Solomon and many more give expression to these ideas through their professional practice. They advocate re-learning some of the town planning principles which have been lost to modern suburban design culture; principles that over the centuries have led to the creation of attractive European cities and pre-modern American Main Street.

The Congress is active today through many local chapters organizing shows, events, lectures and workshops.
The 18th annual event by the congress was held this year in association with the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.

This post is by guest blogger Hormoz Nabili
for Subtle Technologies Festival

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