Dispute about New Urbanism (Revised)

By Carl Wasmuth in Pflugerville, TX | May 27, 2011 | 1 Comment

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Carl Wasmuth says:                                                            14:49 August 27, 2011

Dispute about New Urbanism (Revised)

Some New Urbanist concepts have been adopted by Pflugerville in the preparation of some zoning regulations for use, for example, in the SH 130/45 corridor. Because of this, a COST Commentary entitled “Sprawl is OK? Battle raging between New Urbanism and Landscape Urbanists” may be of interest.


Presented on the final day of the meeting of the Congress for the New Urbanism (CNU) on June 4, 2011, at Madison, Wisconsin, was a forum featuring as speakers Andres Duany, one of the founders of CNU, and Charles Waldheim, an academic prominent in the development of landscape urbanism and the editor of The Landscape Urbanism Reader, a 2006 book useful as an introductory text.

An article in The New York Times entitled “Bringing the High Line Back to Earth” (May 14, 2011) by Witold Rybczynski has listed some landscape urbanism type projects including one that has been completed and others that are being planned.

One of Rybczynski’s many books, Last Harvest: How a Cornfield Became New Daleville: Real Estate Development in America from George Washington to the Builders of the Twenty-first Century, and Why We Live in Houses Anyway, incidentally, can be found in the Pflugerville Community Library. This book follows the steps toward the beginning of a New Urbanist development in rural Pennsylvania. The narrative is interrupted a number of times to provide the background information suggested by the very long title. The result is a very readable and interesting book.