New Urbanists on Campus

Thanks to the work of the Congress of New Urbanists and advocates like James Howard Kunstler, New Urbanism is experiencing a renaissance on college campuses around the United States. In the ’60s and ’70s the New Urbanist movement brought attention to disinvestment in central cities, environmental deterioration, the loss of agricultural lands and wilderness due to sprawl, and the increased separation of race and income. Today, the Congress for New Urbanism (CNU) has a curriculum for its student chapters that favors compact, mixed-use, transit-oriented development and architecture where buildings blend in, not stand out. While working with students to promote the cause, CNU has worked to establish campus chapters and added a student representative to its board of directors. “Despite the pooh-poohing of New Urbanism in the architecture schools, a lot of New Urbanist firms are booming,” CNU’s communications director Steven Bodzin tells Metropolis magazine. “There’s been tremendous growth in New Urbanist development in the past five years, and it’s not showing any sign of letting up.”
Nick Garafola

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