Andrés Duany Calls For Revamping Public Process

Among other issues tackled by the noted New Urbanist during a recent speech, Duany said that the current form of public engagement is broken because it engages only the immediate neighbors.

"Democracy, he said, calls for a random sample. "We are not getting a random sample," he said. "The people we are bringing in are the immediate neighbors, they do not have the community as a whole in mind." The frustration with the process is "distorting everything and causing too many people to drop out."

Instead, to balance the vested interests of the neighbors and the developer, he called for a review committee-a jury-made up of a random sample of people. He said there is a good chance the jury, once educated about the project, will 'come up with the right answer.'"

Thanks to Eric Nusbaum

Full Story: Andres Duany Speaks on Urbanism



working url

Brand new! Urban Grid City Collection

Each city has its own unique story. Commemorate where you came from or where you want to go.
Grids and Guide Red book cover

Grids & Guides

A notebook for visual thinkers. Available in red and black.
Book cover of Insider's Guide to Careers in Urban Planning

So you want to be a planner...

Check out our behind the scenes look at 25 careers in the Urban Planning field
Starting at $14.95
Book cover of Where Things Are from Near to Far

Where Things Are From Near to Far

This engaging children's book about planning illustrates that "every building has its place."