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Advancing the State of the Art in Town Design
All Town Paper publications share the goal of education. Several of our publications, however, are aimed specifically at the professional audience. We believe that a movement without internal disagreement is moribund, and in that spirit we offer publications that critique and debate the new urbanism. These specialized discussions are intended to increase the overall understanding of new urban issues and techniques -- to advance the state of the art. They are suitable for practioners, researchers, journalists, students and generalists alike.
The new urban Council is a periodic meeting dedicated to the design aspects of new town development. Leading practitioners of urban design discuss their projects, plans, code and initiatives; everything from design philosophy and charrettes to implementation and performance is available for evaluation. In some cases, jurors offer project critiques, advancing the state of the art through discussion, education and constructive criticism.
The Council Report series presents fresh voices and new viewpoints on the design of new urban towns and neighborhoods. The results of the meetings are covered in a large-scale tabloid format that is chock full of color photos, plans and renderings. The Council Report is uncommon, thought-provoking reading for anyone interested in the quality of our built environment.
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The New Urban Post collects the best of the online discussions about new urbanism, exploring a specific topic in depth with each new issue. Through essays, debates and discourse, the Post puts contending viewpoints in high relief. Participants draw on their accumulated know-how as the issues of the day are passionately argued. A few of the topics covered include certification, gentrification and environmentalism. Past issues have featured a rotating guest editor, guest essays and editorial review. Eight to 12 pages.
New Urban Post I: On Certification (Aug 2001)
Discusses the pros and cons of professional certification of new urban
projects and practioners. Note: This issue is sold out.
New Urban Post II: On Gentrification (Oct 2001) Discusses the benefits and harms of gentrification, and how new urbanism can provide affordable housing.
New Urban Post III: On Environmentalism (March 2002) Discusses whether contemporary environmentalism and regulations are compatible with good urbanism.
New Urban Post IV: Timeline of New Urbanism (June 2002) Contains a history of new urbanism in timeline form, from historic antecedents to the present day.
New Urban Post V: On Modernism (Sept 2002) Discusses
modernist architectural styles, icons and practitioners, and their impact
on livable urbanism.
New Urban Post VII: On Street Networks (Jan 2004)
Discusses various models for urban street networks and how they affect
livability, retail viability and regional structure.