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The New Urbanism movement espouses, a more village like structure, more renewable resource usage, and walking, lots of walking.

From newurbanism.org:

NEW URBANISM is the most important planning movement this century, and is about creating a better future for us all. It is an international movement to reform the design of the built environment, and is about raising our quality of life and standard of living by creating better places to live. New Urbanism is the revival of our lost art of place-making, and is essentially a re-ordering of the built environment into the form of complete cities, towns, villages, and neighborhoods - the way communities have been built for centuries around the world. New Urbanism involves fixing and infilling cities, as well as the creation of compact new towns and villages.


THE PRINCIPLES OF NEW URBANISM

1. Walkability

2. Connectivity

3. Mixed-Use & Diversity

4. Mixed Housing

5. Quality Architecture & Urban Design

6. Traditional Neighborhood Structure

7. Increased Density

8. Smart Transportation

9. Sustainability

10. Quality of Life


This is really interesting stuff, having lived in Europe, it seems that this "New Urbanism" is in fact "Old Urbanism", reminiscent of European villages and small towns. Living in a German village for the past three years (surrounded by wind and solar power), I must confess I do like it.

Digging deeper into the website, the movement wants to slash all energy production from fossil, coal, and nuclear fuels. Personally I believe that nuclear fuels (and their proper disposal)are currently the only way to ensure adequate power production for cities and villages. We rely too heavily on information, mass production, and industrial systems to cut out large amounts of reliable power, in favor of unreliable solar and wind power sources.

Certainly this is a step in the right direction and I hope to see some of these changes soon.


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