Duany attempts to set the record straight about New Urbanism

After stirring the ‘dirt’ on Charles Waldheim’s supposed usurping the Urban Design agenda at Harvard and the resulting flurry around the antagonism between New Urbanism and Landscape Urbanism see my earlier post  The battle of the “- ism’s” & the “-ology’s”, here is  rejoiner from Andres Duanny  BY DAMIAN HOLMES of LAND Reader

“Andres Duany has written a new article, New Urbanism | The Case for Looking Beyond Style for the Metropolis Magazine that seeks to set the record straight about New Urbanism (NU) as it is defined by the Avant-Garde Establishment (AGE). An interesting article that seeks to try an explain away the ‘over simplification’ on NU.

SUBURBS #1 NORTH LAS VEGAS, 2007 The theme of Burtynsky’s work is “nature transformed through industry.” At the time of the photo, Las Vegas was one of the fastest-sprawling regions in the country. Edward Burtynsky

Taking on the “avant-garde establishment,” Andrés Duany attempts to set the record straight. (Note to the avant-garde: feel free to respond.)

Within the Avant-Garde Establishment (AGE), the New Urbanism has been defined by a strategy to willfully mischaracterize it. The few live debates have consisted of dreary factual corrections by the New Urbanist side. Now Metropolis provides the opportunity to establish the actual record:


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Landscape Architect specializing in the design and project management of Commercial, Leisure & Urban Landscape Environments Currently researching for a PhD on the value and contribution of urban public space to the environmental resilience and liveability of cities.
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