Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Mixed Use/TOD/New Urbanism/Form-Based Codes "Day"

I'm asking for your help.  I've blocked out one day near the end of the semester to focus directly on "modern urban development forms"--i.e., mixed use; transit-oriented development; new urbanism/neotraditional development; form-based codes; etc.  The casebook I use has about ten pages on this, and they're good, but I'd like to supplement it with at least one accessible, interesting article that would help introduce the concepts to students.  We have been talking about these concepts peripherally throughout the semester, but I'd like to spend one class focusing exclusively on them.  I've got lots of great books on these subjects, but I'm looking for an assignable article-length piece; it could be academic or general-interest.

So if you had to pick one article to give to someone as a starting point for learning about the trend toward mixed use and new urbanism, what would it be?  I'd love to know what you think.  Please leave a comment or email me your recommendations.  I'd love to share the recommendations with the blog readers too.  Thanks!

Matt Festa


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some of the best intros are probably EPA or NGO pamphlets rather than research papers. For example:
This is Smart Growth (http://www.epa.gov/smartgrowth/tisg.htm). Creating great neighborhoods: Density in your community (http://www.epa.gov/smartgrowth/density.htm) is another fine pub, and focuses on the central issue in smart growth/NU in my opinion, density. The EPA SG pubs page (http://www.epa.gov/smartgrowth/publications.htm#essentials) of course has many resources.

If you are interested in the environmental issues associated with SG, check out publications on my website: http://urban-nature.org/publications/publications.htm. The second pub is from a recent article on stormwater management and density, and there are other articles and pubs below that.


Posted by: John Jacob | Apr 5, 2011 6:44:40 PM

I would agree that finding information on Smart Growth is a great start. As a current undergraduate student, I find that the Smart Growth is a big topic in the Planning field as of late. Smart Growth encompasses a wide variety of planning techniques. A good question to ask your students would be whether they think Smart Growth is effective or not.

Posted by: JaLeesa | Apr 13, 2011 8:43:41 PM