New Edition of Charter of the New Urbanism

McGraw-Hill Professional

The original Charter for the New Urbanism, published in book form in 1999, was a groundbreaking document aimed at reclaiming cities and towns from the destructive force of suburban sprawl. Thoroughly updated to cover the latest environmental, economic, and social implications of urban design, Charter of the New Urbanism, Second Edition, published by McGraw-Hill Professional, features insightful writing from 62 authors on each of the Charter's principles. Featuring new photos and illustrations, it is invaluable for design professionals, developers, planners, elected officials, and citizen activists. Real-world case studies, plans, and examples are included throughout.

This pioneering guide explains how to restore urban centers, reconfigure sprawling suburbs, conserve environmental assets, and preserve our built legacy. New coverage includes:

  • Urban-to-Rural Transect
  • Form-based codes
  • Light Imprint community design
  • Retrofitting suburbia
  • Tactical Urbanism
  • Canons of Sustainable Architecture and Urbanism, and much more.

The new edition includes commentary from some of the most prominent architects and authors of this movement, including Andrés Duany, Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk, Peter Calthorpe, John Norquist, Galina Tachieva , Douglas Kelbaugh, James Howard Kunstler, and Ellen Dunham-Jones.

“In the first edition of this book, I wrote that I did not expect the Charter to be a stagnant document, that the ideas and strategies of New Urbanism would need to mature and evolve. They have. Included here are new and better ways of building and rebuilding – a progression of ideas.“ – Shelley R. Poticha, Director, Office of Sustainable Housing and Communities, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

To view a short video about the new edition of Charter of the New Urbanism, click here:; to download free Chapter 1, click here:

Congress for the New Urbanism is the leading organization promoting walkable, mixed-use neighborhood development, sustainable communities, and healthier living conditions.

Emily Talen, Editor, FAICP, is a professor in the School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning and the School of Sustainability at Arizona State University (ASU), director of the Phoenix Urban Research Lab (PURL) at ASU, and co-editor of the Journal of Urbanism. Previously, she was a professor of urban planning at the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana.

Published on:
June 23, 2013 - 9:00pm
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