It might have been 14 years, but we have a Charter Book back in print again. The Congress for the New Urbanism has updated the classic book, long out of print, based on the CNU Charter that was signed in 1996. The Charter itself remains unchanged; this edition of the book simply advances the original principles into a contemporary context. With a renewed focus on sustainability and the ways our understanding of the built environment have changed, this book is a must-have in any professional office.
The Charter of the New Urbanism highlights each Charter principle and offers practical examples, explanations, and case studies that show how these concepts can be implemented in today’s regions, cities, and communities. These valuable case studies make this an indispensable resource for any design professional. Sixty-three authors, including world-class planners, architects and other professionals, describe strategies that range from large-scale regions to blocks, streets and buildings.
Individual authors elaborate on every Charter principle, giving each the depth of understanding it deserves. Victor Dover, for example, expands on the 23rd Charter principle as he refers to the historic significance of a street: “A street was not just a conduit for moving cars and trolleys through, but also a place in its own right for socializing, entertainment, commerce and civic expression.”
“Why a 2nd edition?” you may ask. A lot has changed since the original Charter book was written in the mid-90s. The updated version accounts for some of the most recent developments in planning practice including the urban-to-rural transect, form-based codes, Light Imprint community design, retrofitting suburbia, the Canons of Sustainable Architecture and Urbanism, and the popular Tactical Urbanism movement – none of which were terms when the first edition was published. The all-new diagrams, renderings, and photographs (including a few from yours truly) that accompany essays and case studies throughout the book add another layer of understanding and bring the book up-to-date.
Which of the Charter principles do you think is the most important for improving our cities and towns?
The Charter of the New Urbanism, 2nd Edition is available from McGraw Hill in soft cover. The Grid is giving away 3 FREE copies of the book. Follow the link to Rafflecopter Giveaway to enter for a chance to win your free copy. Best of luck and happy reading!
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