Since the Charter Book, New Urbanism Has Changed

On the 16th anniversary of the signing of the 27 principles of the Charter of the New Urbanism, many will be pleased to know that a revised edition of the book based on those principles is being developed.

The Charter of the New Urbanism book was published in 1998, two years after the signing of the Charter principles. Despite the high value of this material, an update is long overdue. Consider all the terms and concepts that are nowhere to be found in the book:

• Climate change and global warming
• Location efficiency
• Pedestrian sheds
• Charrette (mentioned only once, and in passing)
• The Transect
• The SmartCode
• Form-based codes
• Retrofitting Sprawl
• Tactical Urbanism
• LEED-ND

"The main challenge for the Charter of the New Urbanism, Second Edition, will be to incorporate new ideas, reflecting the complexity and depth of new urbanist thinking, without giving off mixed messages. How can the book present the creative tensions and healthy debates revolving around the bedrock principles of the Charter without getting too far off topic, and without watering down the message," asks Emily Talen.

Thanks to Robert Steuteville

Full Story: Updating the Charter Book: Same mission, broader scope

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