April 21, 2011
A New Urbanist Call to Arms
New Urbanist heavyweight, Andres Duany, has come out swinging in the recent issue of Metropolis Magazine. Duany has penned a pretty stirring defense of New Urbanism's accomplishments, and makes time to attack the "postmodernists," "architecture students from elite schools," and members of the "avant-garde," that have poo-pooed the movement.
The New Urbanism is in reality an expanding web of ideas, techniques, projects, and people. The Congress for the New Urbanism (CNU) is an institution chartered 18 years ago with a budget, a board, and a staff. . . .New Urbanists wrote HUD’s HOPE VI standards and are thereby responsible for about 111,000 new and renovated units of affordable housing—virtually the entire supply of the last 15 years, with a good proportion designed by CNU members. . . . A diverse array of techniques has been rescued from oblivion and tested in hundreds of built projects. New Urbanist architecture’s visible “nostalgia” is easily dismissed by critics, but its power is really in software and other methods . . .
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Lookat the process of Miami's rezoning by DPZ. You will see that almost every initial proposal changed drastically, with revised theories by DPZ to justify these 180 degree changes. DPZ gave developers everything they wanted, and more. ... greatly increased density, with the same very poor mass transit system Miami has, and will have -- for decades at the least. According to DPZ, they have an answer for this too -- no one need either drive, or take mass transit. According to them, Miamians living in their new urban core, will walk to everything -- work, recreation and their residence.
Of course this is absurd, but new urbanism, in a city where developers control politicians, this open-ended theory was just the ticket to give developers a "no zoning" masquerading as zoning.
Posted by: ray | Jul 17, 2011 10:36:49 PM