Resources for Sustainable Neighborhoods

Congress for the New Urbanism
Site of the non-profit organization that is the heart of the New Urbanist movement.

Climate Change pages.

Charter of the New Urbanism

The Next Generation of New Urbanists

Form-Based Codes Institute

New Urban News

The Town Paper

List of SmartCodes and other Transect-Based Codes Adopted and In Process

Google Maps of SmartCodes and other Transect-based Codes
Adopted and In Process. Assembled by PlaceMakers LLC

News Archive

Second CATS-supported publication, The Smart Growth Manual, has been published.

First CATS-supported publication: The Architecture of Community by Léon Krier

The transect-based model SmartCode wins a 2009 CNU Charter Award


Calthorpe, Peter. The Next American Metropolis: Ecology, Community, and the American Dream. Princeton Architectural Press, 1995.

Congress for the New Urbanism. The Charter of the New Urbanism. McGraw-Hill Professional, 1999

Crawford, Paul, Daniel Parolek and Karen Parolek. Form Based Codes: A Guide for Planners, Urban Designers, Municipalities, and Developers. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 2008.

Dittmar, Hank, and Gloria Ohland. The New Transit Town: Best Practices in Transit-Oriented Development. Island Press, 2003.

Duany, Andrés, Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk, and Jeff Speck. Suburban Nation. Straus and Giroux, 2001

Duany, Andres, Sandy Sorlien, and William Wright. SmartCode and Manual, New Urban News Publications, 2006.

Dutton, John. New American Urbanism: Re-Forming the Suburban Metropolis. Skira, 2001.

Emerson, Chad. The SmartCode Solution to Sprawl. Environmental Law Institute, 2007.

Farr, Doug. Sustainable Urbanism: Urban Design with Nature. Wiley, 2007.

Katz, Peter. The New Urbanism: Toward an Architecture of Community. McGraw-Hill Professional, 1993.

Krier, Léon. Architecture: Choice or Fate. Andreas Papadakis, 1998.

Kelbaugh, Doug. Repairing the American Metropolis: Common Place Revisited. University of Washington Press, 2002.

Kunstler, James Howard. The Geography of Nowhere: The Rise and Decline of America's Man-Made Landscape. Simon & Schuster, 1993.

Lennertz, Bill, and Aarin Lutzenhiser. The Charrette Handbook: Guide for Collaborative Community Planning. APA, 2006.

Mouzon, Stephen A., with Susan Henderson. Traditional Construction Patterns: Design and Detail Rules-of-Thumb. McGraw-Hill, 2004.

Norquist, John. The Wealth of Cities: Revitalizing the Centers of American Life. Perseus Books, 1998.

Steuteville, Robert, Philip Langdon, et al. New Urbanism: Comprehensive Report & Best Practices Guide, New Urban Publications, 2003.

Talen, Emily. New Urbanism and American Planning: The Conflict of Cultures. Routledge, 2005.

Urban Design Associates. The Urban Design Handbook: Techniques and Working Methods. W.W. Norton & Company, 2003.

Articles & Journals

Bohl, Charles, and Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk, eds. "Building Community Across the Transect." from Places, Vol. 18, Issue 1, 2006.

Brain, David, and Andrés Duany. "Regulating as if Humans Matter" from Regulating Place: Standards and the Shaping of Urban America, Routledge, 2005, pp. 293-332.

Duany, Andrés. "Notes Towards a Reason to Code." from Perspecta 35: The Yale Architectural Journal - Building Codes, 2004: special insert between pages 32 & 33.

Duany, Andrés, and Emily Talen. "Making the Good Easy: from The SmartCode Alternative." Fordham Urban Law Journal, Vol. 29, No. 4, pp. 1445-1468.

Duany, Andrés, and Emily Talen. from "Transect-Based Planning and the SmartCode." Council Report IV, The Town Paper, 2003: p. 51.

Harry, Seth. "The Retail Transect in a Regional Context." Council Report VI, The Town Paper, 2004, p. 22.

Sorlien, Sandy, "All Green is Not Good: Sustainability by the Transect," Council Report VII, The Town Paper, 2008, pp. 26-27.

Council Reports


Center for Applied Transect Studies:
Transect diagrams/illustrations/plans

Download a pdf file of a longer resource list here.



Three of the pop-up descriptions of adopted SmartCodes available at the Google Maps link.