Edited by Emily Talen
Chapter 2: Theoretical foundations
New Urbanists should vigorously reflect on the wider moral and political issues associated with their work. Without stronger intellectual capital, New Urbanism will struggle against ideologies pushing students away from traditional forms of design and toward neo-modernist alternatives. To deepen the discourse, three topics should be pursued: the political affinities of the New Urbanism, the question of “reality” or “authenticity” in urban design, and the role of precedent in shaping cities in the twenty-first century.
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