Wal-mart goes urban?

“Wal-Mart, the big-box giant sometimes accused of contributing to sprawl, traffic jams and the demise of downtown merchants, is considering an urban look and downtown locations…” “It humanizes big-box retail,” says Ben Pentreath, a British architectural designer with the Prince of Wales Foundation for the Built Environment. Pentreath was part of a team developing a […]

Mississippi Renewal Forum in Biloxi

Six-day charrette October 12-17. More than 100 New Urbanists and local practitioners  have produced plans for the rebuilding of Mississippi coast, hit  by the hurricane Katrina.   The Charrette in Biloxi was led by Andrés Duany, DPZ. The final team reports include proposals for 11 towns. There are also reports from teams focusing on architecture, zoning […]

Le Corbusier and the Estate from Hel

“Le Corbusier himself, so often blamed for all dismal concrete estates, designed his showcase Unite d’Habitation (1952) in Marseilles. This great 12-storey concrete ship of domesticity was meant for blue-collar families. Today it is home to white-collar professionals. It works because it is well planned and thoroughly serviced.” Read full article.

The European City, 30 Years: Review & Prospects 2005

First International Congress 9 – 10 September 2005, Berlin, Germany Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott You can now download the Report, and Berlin Declaration from the congress. You can also download a transcript of Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott’s speech at the CEU congress in Berlin on 10 September 2005 or visit the Office of the Deputy […]

Nowhere land: US sprawl, could it happen in Europe?

As US towns sprawl into the countryside, creating anonymous zones dominated by soulless malls, one of Britain’s leading historians asks if it could happen here. “Traditionally, British policymakers are all too easily drawn to American innovations. But, my time in Phoenix has shown the United States pursuing a model we desperately need to avoid: depopulating […]

Urban design: the issue explained

“But ministers insist that quality can be achieved cheaply. In an effort to secure better standards of housing design they have backed controversial design codes used on Poundbury, Prince Charles’s mock village in Dorset, and Seaside in Florida, the setting for the satirical film The Truman Show. Such codes are endorsed by the influential “new […]

Exhibition Online: European Urbanism 1995-2005

CEU has produced an exhibition of European urban development projects from the last 10 years. We have now also made the exhibition available online. Included are projects from Italy, Germany, Portugal, Sweden, Norway, Belgium, Netherlands and United Kingdom. The exhibition was presented at the Congress for New Urbanism in Pasadena, California June 2005, and the CEU […]

C.E.U. Deutschland First Symposium, Görlitz 2004

Delegates at the launch of CEU Deutschland with the signed Charter first day. . . First day at the town hall of Görlitz (German side) Opening of the conference. . . The mayor of Görlitz, Stefan Holthaus, opened the seminar with an introduction on the background of this unique city lying on the German-Polish border, […]