Opnieuw New Urbanism/Reconsidering New Urbanism, Archis 1/1999

„Few contest the daunting failure of suburban sprawl in America, and it would be irresponsible not to do so. The so-called icons of American planning of post World War II, such us the single-income cul-de-sac suburb, office parks and shopping malls (usually a number of small shops between two or three department stores) have led to dramatic traffic congestion, financial depletion, and measurable ecological and social deficiencies that have made sustained growth impossible.(…) The message is clear for planning practice: avoid American-style suburban sprawl tendencies. Instead, recognize the existing mixed-use urban structures of villages adn city-quarters as a fundamental basis for infill and revitalization. Limit suburban growth, but if it must occur, make sure that it takes the form of mixed-use neighbourhoods, not sprawl. This message only differs from that of New Urbanism’s European critics in its level of sophistication and in its willingness to face reality. As most European countries continue to produce cacophonous suburban housing developments, monotonous social housing tracts, multiple office parks and strip-like shopping centres despoiling the landscape – this is a message that we ignore at our peril.”

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