25 Great Ideas of New Urbanism

The New Urbanism is a design movement toward complete, compact, connected communities—but it is also a generator of ideas that transform the landscape. Communities are shaped by the movement and flow of ideas, and the New Urbanism has been a rich—maybe the richest—source of innovative thoughts that have directed planning and development in recent decades.

The first Congress for the New Urbanism was held in Alexandria, Virginia, in 1993. A quarter of a century later, CNU members and their collaborators are sailing in a sea of ideas that carry communities forward.

The 25 ideas explored here highlight the ongoing impact of New Urbanism on communities
and the built environment. Not all of these ideas were invented by new urbanists, but new urbanists have contributed significantly to them all. These ideas have mostly been developed during the last three decades, and new ones are emerging now.

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