Saturday, January 22, 2011

How do we create places where people want to work, live and play?

by cheriewallace

Liveable neighbourhoods are based on new urbanism principles and have innovative design to improve residents’ lifestyles and building the community. They promote ‘nodal’ development; support the use of public transport, and walkable neighbourhood clustering. Transit-oriented development (TOD) is an important component, as are main street commercial and medium density residential developments.
Lots are orientated to open space with access from the rear and the neighbourhoods provide for a variety of density of development to create diversity and lifestyle choices in close proximity to recreation and commercial facilities. Liveable neighbourhoods aim for high quality landscaping and urban environment sometimes including public art.
“New urbanism is associated with community planning based on compactness, walkability, liveability, mixed uses and high design and development standards”, (Freestone, 2007).
The ‘city beautiful’ model’s impact can be seen today in the formal design of residential estates, parks and open space. New estates such as Arlington Rise, Settlers Run, Somerly, Harbour Rise and Fernbrooke all subscribe to the liveable neighbourhoods philosphy.
“Conventional car-based suburban extensions have become a thing of the past under Western Australia’s new Liveable Neighbourhoods code”, (Morris, 2006).

New Urbanism in Burns Harbor, Indiana, photo by samuelalove

New Urbanism in Irving Park, Chicago, Illinois, photo by reallyboring
 related posts about New Urbanism:

Short online articles: New Urbanism: An Alternative to Urban Sprawl

New Urbanism, Smart Growth, & Andres Duany: A Critique From Suburbia

New Urbanism Goes Green

Survey: New Urbanist Community Results in More Walking, Interaction

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