Transforming tradition

ARC605 | Fall 2007
Professor Edward Steinfeld

New urbanism is rapidly gaining popularity among consumers, developers, and government. This oppositional movement seeks to develop more livable, balanced, and sustainable communities in contrast to continued suburban sprawl in the suburbs and the abandonment of urbanist design traditions in central cities. The stated goals of the NU movement are very compatible with the goals of inclusive design. However, there are also many critics of new urbanist practices who maintain that new urbanism too often results in neighborhoods and communities that exclude social groups based on race, income, disability, and age. The instructor is, in fact, one of the most visible critics with regard to age and disability.