Worlding New Urbanism

Authors: Daniel Trudeau*, Macalester College, Susan Moore, University College London
Topics: Urban and Regional Planning, Urban Geography, Qualitative Research
Keywords: worlding, planning, diffusion, assemblage, new urbanism
Session Type: Paper
Day: 4/6/2019
Start / End Time: 8:00 AM / 9:40 AM
Room: Palladian, Omni, West
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This paper describes how a global network of institutions labor to present a unified and coherent image of New Urbanism amidst divergent strands of the movement in practice. The New Urbanism movement has diffused beyond its American origins and come to inform the activities of urban designers and planners in a number of different contexts throughout the world. How did this happen, and why? This paper takes up these questions by examining the origins of the New Urbanism and its discursive construction as a coherent project through the work of a number of organizations, including the Congress of the New Urbanism (CNU). The paper argues that a variety of entities throughout the world work to cohere a multitude of development interventions into a recognizable constellation of practices that exemplify the principles of the New Urbanism. In effect, we see a startling transformation of the New Urbanism emerging initially as a movement to respond to problems of urban growth that were seen as distinctly American and developing into a multi-faceted effort to respond to the world’s grand challenges as they exist in interconnected problems of rapid urbanization, climate change, and preservation of traditional city-building practices. This transformation is illustrated through a longitudinal study of CNU’s Charter Awards, which traces the process through which the disparate meanings of New Urbanism is stabilized and different projects are gathered together to be seen as part of a whole and a timely and relevant response to some of the pressing issues now facing the world.

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