Mar/10 Lecture
Andrés Duany, FAIA, CNU


The Garden City: A General Theory of Urbanism

Howards Garden City as the Basis for a General Theory of Urbanism

The ideal of the Garden City as posited by Howard may be understood as the range of the principal constituent elements of urbanism. Howard provides “The What” for a General Theory.

The mean of each element is presented in the Standard Model. A deviation from this mean can be measured for purposes of analysis and projective design (or policy). The Standard Model makes it possible for an implemented garden city such as Welwyn, to be compared to, say, a contemporary builder's subdivision, a surviving county seat such as St Albans, a New Town such as Stevenage, and a NW London suburb.

To complete a General Theory, to “The What” of Howard’s Mean must be added “The Where” by means of the Transect “The When” of Succession and the “By Whom” of Subsidiarity. These four protocols will be discussed and illustrated toward formulating a General Theory of Urbanism.

Andrés Duany, FAIA, CNU

Founder and Principal, Duany Plater-Zyberk & Company

Andrés Duany is an architect whose work focuses on town and regional planning. He and his wife, Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk, founded their practice in 1980, at the time of their design of the town of Seaside, Florida, which began an ongoing debate on the alternatives to suburban sprawl.

Since then, DPZ, their planning practice, has over 200 plans in the process of implementation. DPZ has particular expertise in writing codes. The firm is dedicated to both practice and research.

Andrés and Elizabeth were founding members of the Congress for the New Urbanism. They teach at the University of Miami, where Elizabeth was the Dean of the School of Architecture. Andrés has four honorary doctorates, including from the University of Pennsylvania. He has received the Driehaus Prize, the Scully Prize, the Jefferson Medal, and the Brandeis Medal. They have co-authored five books, Suburban Nation, The New Civic Art, The Smart Growth Manual, Garden Cities, and Landscape Urbanism and its Discontents.