The Creeping Conformity—and Potential Risks—of Contemporary Urbanism

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The Creeping Conformity—and Potential Risks—of Contemporary Urbanism


  • Jill L. Grant School of Planning, Dalhousie University, Canada


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Abstract:  As new urbanism has come to dominate planning, it has contributed to new kinds of design conformity. The recent emergence of the Covid-19 pandemic has exposed the potential risks generated by some of new urbanism’s key principles, such as higher densities and transit orientation intended to enhance efficiency and sustainability.

Keywords:  conformity; density; form-based codes; gentrification; neoliberalism; urban design

Published:   22 December 2020


DOI: https://doi.org/10.17645/up.v5i4.3632


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