I've never really thought about who owns the streets before, I have to admit. Have you? But when you do think about it, we do. In fact, our streets aren't only owned by us, in many places they're also the bulk of our public space. (Chicago's streets represent 23% of land area and 70% of public space.)  And, in places that are becoming more and more dense - something I love - that public space is key; after all, we've traded off the private space to get it. 

So this is the context in which I'm listening to Victor Dover and John Massengale present at CNU 21, who are about to launch a book later in the year, called STREET DESIGN - the secret of great cities and towns. In the book - and here - they're challenging the notion of the complete street, arguing that complete doesn't mean it's

For many people in Australia, the term 'the new urbanism' is something of a dirty phrase. I'm not sure if it's because it conjures images of traditional architecture or something far deeper. However, perhaps the term proposed by keynote speaker Andres Duany, himself one of the founders of the new urbanism, may appeal more.

I'm sitting at the Congress of New Urbanism at the end of the 2013 Great Places tour with client RobertsDay. In a long presentation containing several complex arguments that I'll make no attempt to summarise, Duany pitched the ingredients of

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AuthorAmanda Falconer

I'm listening to Jeff Speck (@jeffspeckAICP) at the Congress for New Urbanism today, which is a lot of Jeff really, having just had lunch at his house earlier in the week with the 2103 Great Places Tour hosted by client RobertsDay, and having just read - and blogged about - his book.

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If your ideas about Seaside - the coastal town on the Florida Coast made famous by movie and magazine - have been informed by either The Truman Show or Eastern Airlines mag, then that's probably a pity, as it's definitely a place with a lot of subtle nuances that may take several days or visits to be apparent.

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