Embracing New Urbanism

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What is New Urbanism?

New Urbanism is a planning and development approach that focuses on human-scale urban design based on the principles of how cities and towns had been built for the last several centuries featuring walkable blocks and streets, housing and shopping in close proximity, and accessible public spaces.

Conceived by urban planners Andrés Duany and Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk, New Urbanism was launched with the planned town of Seaside in Florida’s panhandle. In 1993, the Congress for New Urbanism (CNU) was formed to champion walkable urbanism and promote socially just, economically robust, environmentally resilient, and people-centered places.

“We believe that people want to live in vibrant and walkable downtowns

with diverse amenities right outside their door.”

Why is New Urbanism important to Lakeview Oak?

The shared belief and enthusiasm for New Urbanism sealed the partnership between Dan Matthews and Jose Venegas, both CNU members. Lakeview Oak’s vision is built on the design philosophy’s value proposition to create sustainable and human scale projects in walkable communities.

“We believe that people want to live in vibrant and walkable downtowns with diverse amenities right outside their door,” explains Lakeview Oak principal Dan Matthews. “New urbanism offers a great opportunity for authentic communities where people really can live, work, shop and play.”

For Lakeview Oak partner Jose Venegas, his experience in urban design and architectural consulting throughout Florida has created a strong foundation for the projects created by Lakeview Oak. “There’s a marriage between tradition and modernism that is beneficial for residents and business owners, which also serves to elevate and enhance the entire community.”

Seaside, Florida