THE PRINCIPLES OF NEW URBANISM  from NewUrbanism.org

The principles of New Urbanism can be applied increasingly to projects at the full range of scales from a single building to an entire community.

 

1. Walkability

 

-Most things within a 10-minute walk of home and work

-Pedestrian friendly street design (buildings close to street; porches, windows & doors; tree-lined streets; on street parking; hidden parking lots; garages in rear lane; narrow, slow speed streets)

-Pedestrian streets free of cars in special cases

 

2. Connectivity

 

-Interconnected street grid network disperses traffic & eases walking

-A hierarchy of narrow streets, boulevards, and alleys

-High quality pedestrian network and public realm makes walking pleasurable

 

3. Mixed-Use & Diversity

 

-A mix of shops, offices, apartments, and homes on site. Mixed-use within neighborhoods, within blocks, and within buildings

-Diversity of people - of ages, income levels, cultures, and races

 

4. Mixed Housing

 

A range of types, sizes and prices in closer proximity

 

5. Quality Architecture & Urban Design

 

Emphasis on beauty, aesthetics, human comfort, and creating a sense of place; Special placement of civic uses and sites within community. Human scale architecture & beautiful surroundings nourish the human spirit

 

6. Traditional Neighborhood Structure

 

-Discernable center and edge

-Public space at center

-Importance of quality public realm; public open space designed as civic art

-Contains a range of uses and densities within 10-minute walk

-Transect planning: Highest densities at town center; progressively less dense towards the edge. The transect is an analytical system that conceptualizes mutually reinforcing elements, creating a series of specific natural habitats and/or urban lifestyle settings. The Transect integrates environmental methodology for habitat assessment with zoning methodology for community design. The professional boundary between the natural and man-made disappears, enabling environmentalists to assess the design of the human habitat and the urbanists to support the viability of nature. This urban-to-rural transect hierarchy has appropriate building and street types for each area along the continuum. 

7. Increased Density

 

-More buildings, residences, shops, and services closer together for ease of walking, to enable a more efficient use of services and resources, and to create a more convenient, enjoyable place to live.

-New Urbanism design principles are applied at the full range of densities from small towns, to large cities

 

8. Smart Transportation

 

-A network of high-quality trains connecting cities, towns, and neighborhoods together

-Pedestrian-friendly design that encourages a greater use of bicycles, rollerblades, scooters, and walking as daily transportation

 

9. Sustainability

 

-Minimal environmental impact of development and its operations

-Eco-friendly technologies, respect for ecology and value of natural systems

-Energy efficiency

-Less use of finite fuels

-More local production

-More walking, less driving

 

10. Quality of Life

 

Taken together these add up to a high quality of life well worth living, and create places that enrich, uplift, and inspire the human spirit.

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