What is New Urbanism?

New Urbanism is a community & urban design philosophy that promotes walkable, mixed-use neighborhood development, sustainable communities and healthier living conditions.

Since 1993, the Congress for the New Urbanism (CNU) has been North America’s foremost advocate for advanced community & urban design and is the leading organization for New Urbanism. CNU is comprised of planners, urban designers, architects, developers, transportation engineers and other development professionals that have been proactive in bringing about major shifts in how we plan our neighborhoods, communities and regions.

For over twenty years, CNU members have used the principles in CNU’s Charter to promote the hallmarks of New Urbanism, including:

  • Livable streets arranged in compact, walkable blocks.
  • A range of housing choices to serve people of diverse ages and income levels.
  • Schools, stores and other nearby destinations reachable by walking, bicycling or transit service.
  • An affirming, human-scaled public realm where appropriately designed buildings define and enliven streets and other public spaces.