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Steve Mouzon
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Architect, Author, Urbanist, Photographer, and Original Green blogger
Architect, Author, Urbanist, Photographer, and Original Green blogger

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Walkability was a great standard to aspire to for a long time, but we can do better now. Walk Appeal is the characteristic of a place that entices us to walk there, and is therefore better than place we're merely able to walk.

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Andrés Duany lays out 21 thorny problems in architecture and urbanism today in this guest post, and explains why form-based codes are the best tools for handling them today.

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Anyone who hasn't seen Detroit in awhile really should go and see what's happening there now. It's a hotbed of vitality and innovation rising from the ruins of the Motor City.

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The Mississippi Cottages have all been auctioned off by FEMA, and spread to the four winds. There's one tiny heroic enclave in Ocean Springs, Mississippi known as Cottage Square. In New Orleans, if you look really hard, you can find a few, including DPZ's three-cottage court in the Marigny. But is that all there is left of all that hard work? Here’s the rest of the story.

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Most architects seem mortified to measure the lovability of architecture, and some insist that buildings and especially cities are "too big to love." Here's why that's simply not true...

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New Urbanism possessed a core virtue at the beginning that I'm afraid we're now losing, and the lack of that virtue prevents some of us from even discussing things that non-architects love. We really need to recover that virtue.

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I never saw this coming! This Washington Avenue Walk Appeal diagnosis highlighted the fact that Washington's main problem isn't actually on Washington, but on the crossing streets, which are filtering out the customers Washington wants. The post also includes some Walk Appeal nomenclature advances.

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Just as CNU was ending several years ago in Palm Beach, I believe, someone stopped me and said something cryptic: “I’m convinced that frontages are the lifeblood of the city, and chiefly responsible for its value.” It has taken me this long to get my mind wrapped around that statement, but I believe they’re right. Here’s how frontages the smallest of the four elemental parts of a city, act like the arteries of value.

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The first SmartDwellings are now complete at Mahogany Bay Village on Ambergris Caye in Belize. Saving space both inside and out, they live twice their size.

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The first SmartDwellings are nearing completion, nearly five years after they were first conceived by the New Urban Guild. See construction photos here, and read about what the SmartDwellings stand for.
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