New Urbanism

Community Design, Community Planning, Planning, Sustainable Development, Urban and Regional Design

“New Urbanism aims to build hamlets, neighborhoods, villages, towns, and cities rather than subdivisions, shopping centers, and office parks like those found in conventional suburban development (CSD). A fundamental goal is a proper balance between the needs of the automobile and the needs of the pedestrian. Maximizing walkability is essential.” – Comprehensive Report & Best Practices Guide

Seven Principles: (Comprehensive Report & Best Practices Guide)

1. Building blocks->neighborhood->village/small town/bigger town/city

2. Well-defined edge: a quarter-mile distance that everyone can reach.

3. Corridors are connecting different neighborhoods.

4. Human scale.

5. A range of transportation options.

6. Hierarchy streets.

7. Civic buildings as landmarks.

Asset-Based Community Development

Community Planning, Planning

According to the Asset-based Community Development Institute (ABCD), which is located at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois,  Asset-Based Community Development is a methodology that helps to build strong and sustainable communities.

Above are four types of community building work which ABCD is currently involved:

  • Building community capacity. ABCD engages directly with community groups to support their asset-based community development efforts. The Institute and its affiliated faculty also participate in an array of local, regional, and international conferences and workshops as keynote speakers, workshop and training facilitators, technical support providers, and learning participants.
  • Conducting research. Using a community-based participatory research approach, ABCD partners with community residents and other local entities to conduct research that helps prepare them to achieve their own community building objectives. ABCD also works with community groups, non-profits, and an array of other institutions to evaluate asset-based community development projects.
  • Working with students. Working directly with students, Northwestern faculty, and other organizations, ABCD contributes to the development of the next generation of engaged civic leaders and community builders.
  • Producing publications and resources. Producing community building publications and other resources for practitioners and scholars in the community development field, ABCD contributes to a growing body of knowledge about the effectiveness of the asset-based approach to strengthening communities.

For more information, please visit ABCD, or download the introduction from the basic manual Building Communities from the Inside Out.