Falconer Al-Hindi, Karen and Till, Karen E.
(Re)placing the new urbanism debates: towards an interdisciplinary research agenda.
Urban Geography, 22 (3).
New Urbanism (NU) is a complex planning paradigm and social movement that
has recently become influential in planning, residential development, and government housing
circles. To introduce this special issue on NU, we describe the history and important figures of
the movement and provide a brief literature review of popular, academic, and professional
presses. Because NU is a multifaceted phenomenon, we advocate an interdisciplinary approach
to understanding it, one that would promote constructive dialogue and a range of perspectives
(and choices) within and between disciplines, professions, and communities. From the vantage
point of the academic community (in particular, geography), we argue that various theoretical
and methodological perspectives can contribute to a more progressive understanding and implementation
of NU practices at various scales. We conclude by outlining three areas for future
research: documenting how NU is understood and implemented by urban professionals, analyzing
urban infill projects, and conducting ethnographies of neotraditional towns.
||New Urbanism; neotraditional towns; residential communities; interdisciplinary research;
||Social Sciences > Geography
Dr. Karen Till
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