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Carfree Cities - the web site that goes with the book. Carfree Cities proposes a delightful solution to the vexing problem of urban automobiles.

Intbau international network for traditional building arts and urbanism.

ITDP Institute for Transportation & Development Policy

The Living Room , edited by Richard Risemberg, is a place to examine the history, the technology, and the sensations of social living, the state of community today, and the practices that can make life both richer and more practical for all of us, today, tomorrow, and beyond. Includes The Bike People, the Suburbia Project, and a Sustainability section. All highly recommended.

Free Public Transit Everyone benefits - Everyone pays If public transit were free, more people would use it.

A Prosperous Way Down considers our options in an energy-limited future

The New Colonist explores environmental and lifestyle issues for dedicated city lovers, urban activists, and refugees from sprawl development. Includes feature articles, essays, interactive surveys, and city guides, written with an emphasis on community life and sustainability.

World Carfree Network , the hub of the global carfree movement.

The Center for Urban Transportation Research at the Florida Center for Community Design and Research has a variety of useful links on transportation, land use, and sustainability issues.

The Prince's Foundation for the Built Environment is an educational charity established by The Prince of Wales to teach and demonstrate in practice those principles of traditional urban design and architecture which put people and the communities of which they are part at the centre of the design process.

UrbEd (Urban and Economic Development Group) is a leading independent research and consultancy firm specialising in the fields of urban regeneration, local economic development, sustainability and urban design.

James Howard Kunstler has a site about his writing and speaking, mainly on the New Urbanism.

International Making Cities Livable seeks to strengthen community by creating viable public places for social life in our cities will reduce anonymity, and increase grassroots democracy by returning to compact, mixed use cities based on walking, cycling, and public transport.

Detour Publications is a non-profit, on-line bookstore offering many titles on sustainable passenger and freight transport, urban planning, "smart growth," and climate change.

Auto-Free New York works to improve transit, cut car use, and remake streets for people.

Lincoln Institute of Land Policy is a leading resource for key issues concerning the use, regulation, and taxation of land.

Alternatives Journal offers environmental thought, policy, and action embracing current events and timeless issues.

Cyburbia: The Planning and Architecture Internet Resource Center contains a comprehensive directory of Internet resources relevant to planning, architecture, urbanism and other topics related to the built environment. Cyburbia also contains information about architecture and planning related mailing lists and Usenet newsgroups, and hosts several interactive message areas.

Katarxis On Contemporary Traditional Architecture and Urbanism, a new webzine dedicated exclusively to classical and traditional architecture and urbanism.

The Coalition for Alternative Transportation works to improve mobility.

A to B Magazine is dedicated to demonstrating alternatives to the car - primarily electric bicycles, public transport-friendly folding bikes and bike carraige by rail, bus and air.

Colin Buchanan: The Lesson Of Venice by Edoardo Salzano

Car-Free Development by Lloyd Wright, from GTZ

EcoPlan International is an independent consulting and advisory group working with business and governments on projects, plans, and problems which are marked by rapid technological or environmental change. Founded in 1967, the work of the group is interdisciplinary and international. Assignments are more oriented to decision support than research per se. Also includes The Commons, a collaborative international undertaking created in 1994 by Eric Britton and his colleagues at EcoPlan.

Car-Free Living - car-free housing in Europe.

Jane Holtz Kay is the architecture and planning critic for The Nation and author of Asphalt Nation, Preserving New England and Lost Boston.

Tectics Studying and applying the world's best time-tested ideas in building.

Neal Peirce's column on carfree cities

On Architecture and Urbanism in Katarxis 02/1

Christopher Alexander's site on A Pattern Language. Alexander at his usual brilliant self.

China's Carfree Town: Gulangyu in The New Colonist

The Real American Dream Is Not Sprawl in the New Colonist

Urban Data supports the circulation of technical and cultural scientific information; the publication of electronic data products; training, co-operation and exchanges between the members; the development of projects and actions through relationships with national, European, and international institutions.

Top Ten Characteristics of a Healthy City in the New Colonist

The Form of Cities: an Introduction to Carfree Cities - an article by J.H. Crawford in The New Colonist

"Car Crazy" A Word from Richard Risemberg, in the New Colonist, August 2002

Utopia 2.0 : simulate the future on a PC

This View of Density portrays different urban densities (Beta version)

The Institute of Classical Architecture offers a variety of programs that teach the fundamentals of architecture through the exploration and study of the classical tradition.

Shedding Light on Alienation in the Public Realm : The case for more humane lighting of city streets.

carfree living - autofrei wohnen carfree development in Germany

Active Living by Design on healtier ways of living

Car-Free Housing in European Cities A Survey of Sustainable Residential Development Projects, by Jan Scheurer

A Vision of Europe Architecture and a human approach for the European city - how to develop new, acceptable models for urban living.

RUDI - Resource for Urban Design Information.

Le Piazze d'Italia glorious Italian Piazzas, some despoiled by cars, but all worth looking at

Bright Angel Frontier is proposing a radical restructuring of large areas of the US West that would create carfree towns by re-creating a historic Nineteenth Century infrastructure based on horses and steam trains.

Congress for the New Urbanism  

Terrain: A Journal of the Built & Natural Environments is a quarterly online journal without definite boundaries, searching for that interface - the integration - among the built and natural environments, that might be called the soul of place.

The European Cyclists' Federation is the world's largest bicycle advocacy organisation with 33 sub-groups in 22 countries.

SUN (Sustainable Urban Neighborhoods) is a program lead by Dr. John Gilderbloom to help revitalize inner city neighborhoods. SUN offers numerous web links related to sustainable development. The site includes a model web site of the type needed by every dead inner city neighborhood to spark the revitalization.

MassBike is the leading bicycle advocacy group in Massachussetts.

"Urban Ecology, Innovations in Housing Policy and the Future of Cities: Towards Sustainability in Neighbourhood Communities." Jan Scheurer's PhD Thesis.

External Costs Damages arising from electricity and transport (PDF!)

"Without a Car in the World" Jane Holtz Kay in the New Colonist

Radical Urban Theory an on-line journal

Bremen: Urban district planning without cars

Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center image library.

How to Build a Village by Claude Lewenz

"Why is Sprawl Such a Disaster?" John Holtzclaw in Terrain, Issue #4

Costs of Sprawl report from the Sierra Club.

Perils For Pedestrians A television series about problems confronting people who walk.

B.E.S.T. helps solve pollution, climate change, traffic congestion, and urban sprawl problems.

Trees and Vegetation in the Architecture and Planning of High-Density City-Centers

Highway and Sprawlbusters at the Sierra Club - a page about reining in cars and limiting sprawl.

Light Rail Transit Association provides a host of useful information about Light Rail Vehicles (LRV)/trams/streetcars/trolleys or whatever people are calling them this week.

Principles of Urban Structure by Nios A. Salingaros. This on-line book addresses the needs of professional urbanists who wish to understand how and why cities are successful or not, depending on their form, components, and substructure.

"Coming Around Again" - an article about the resurgence of streetcars (trams)

A Theory of Architecture by Nikos A. Salingaros. An online book that combines some ideas on the basis for architectural design.

The International Lightrail Network provides information on light rail systems from a northern European perspective

Our Neighborhood Russell Turpin in the New Colonist

Arcosanti: is an urban laboratory in Arizona and a prototype Arcology (architecture for ecology) founded by Paolo Soleri in 1970. Workshoppers and apprentices learn by doing, while constructing Arcosanti.

Katarxis - New York Rebuilding Manhattan Without Skyscrapers

Pedestrian Streets in New Colonist

The Preservation Institute includes links to transportation and development politics on the Web. Listed are groups working to limit the automobile, stop urban sprawl, and build ecologically sound cities.

Surface Transportation Policy Project ("Transact") works to promote a "diversified transportation system." They also publish the Mean Streets report annually.

Barbican Living describes the post-war Barbican project in London, in which cars are kept below ground. 8000 people live there today.

Digital Imaging Project Index of Art Historical Sites

Living Streets covers all aspects of pedestrian welfare

The Social Ideology of the Motorcar by André Gortz (1973!).

Bicycle Transportation Alliance promotes bicycling for safer streets, cleaner air, and energy independence.

"Skeletons in the closet of the Suburban Frontier" Kris Price in Terrain, Issue #4

Transportation and City Design Land use and housing politics in San Francisco. History and politics of rail transit in Los Angeles and San Francisco.

Environmental Building News is a leading international publication on environmentally sustainable design and construction. The site includes news, feature articles, and many green building product reviews.

A Tour of Illichville  

Freesources from World Carfree Network

San Francisco Bicycle Coalition promotes the bike for everyday transportation.

Mont Royal Avenue Verte is promoting a major carfree street in Montreal, Quebec

America WALKs is a non-profit national coalition of local advocacy groups dedicated to promoting walkable communities. Our mission is to foster the development of community-based pedestrian advocacy groups and to educate the public about the benefits of walking.

PEZEE The movement for the protection of pedestrian rights in Athens

Planning Commissioners Journal is a resource for planning in the North American context. They also publish a useful journal.

Big and Blue in the USA by James Howard Kunstler in the New Colonist

What Are They Afraid Of? In Smart Growth's Widening Wake, A Stream of Venom, by Keith Schneider in the New Colonist

Walkable Communities, Inc. is a non-profit corporation organized to help communities of whatever size to become more walkable and pedestrian friendly.

The Seaside Institute is the cultural center of the town of Seaside, Florida, and supports improved community planning

International Bike Fund promotes sustainable transport and international understanding

Sustainable Urban Transport Project aims to help cities meet this challenge and achieve their sustainable transport goals, through the dissemination of information about international experience and targeted work with particular cities.

The Atlantic Monthly September 1996 article on Celebration (the new Disney community in Orlando, Florida) is an interesting and worthwhile review of some of the fruits of the New Urbanism.

Cars, Culture, Concrete, and Convenience at the Living Room

Sprawl Kills is an indictment of US sprawl development.

Walk21 exists to champion the development of healthy sustainable and efficient communities where people choose to walk

Center for Green Space Design providing training and assistance for those planning green space.

he New Mobility Agenda from Ecoplan

Wire Wheels, Wired World at the Living Room

The Waterfront Center contends that waterfronts are unique. The vital characteristic that separates waterfronts from other areas in a community is the relationship to water.

Secret Gardens How to turn patchwork urban backyards into neighborly communal parks.

Cutting Your Car Use , the web site for Anna Semlyen's new book by the same name.

The Project for Public Spaces is a nonprofit technical assistance, research and educational organization with a mission to create and sustain public places that build communities.

SUVs Should Be Driven Into a Truck Lane Big guys on the right, little guys on the left. It has a nice ring, doesn't it? (LA Times article)

Terrorism, Transit and Public Safety from VTPI

Eddyburg is the site of Edoardo Salzano, former mayor of Venice. In Italian, with many links.

Research & Degrowth is an academic association dedicated to research, training, awareness raising and events organization around degrowth.

Measuring the Success of Transit-Oriented Development : Retail Market Dynamics and Other Key Determinants. Discussion of TOD and transit effects; possibly biased.

On the Road to Sustainability Transport and Carfree Living in Freiburg (PDF)

Ulrich Nehls - Musik, Autos, Verkehr und Öl

National Charrette Institute is a nonprofit educational institution that helps communities achieve healthy transformation using the charrette process.

TramTrain: The 2nd Generation: New Criteria for the "Ideal TramTrain City"

Brasilias from the Parallel Universes presents other plans that were proposed for Brazil's capital.

Comprehensive Evaluation of Rail Transit Benefits from VTPI

Bogotá designs transportation for people, not cars and is becoming a world leader in improving quality of life at low cost.

Reclaiming city streets for people: Chaos or quality of life? EU

Planetizen is a portal for California planners.

EcoIQ offers resources for planning the built environment, natural resource conservation and protection, and building sustainable communities.

Michigan Land Use Institute published an article on government support for sprawl, which was by no means the inevitable consequence of rising personal incomes.

Metro Bits some aspects of the world's subway systems

Project for Public Spaces Launching a New Tradition of Great Public Squares

Imagita provides a list of links to European Union and EU-funded public transport research projects with particular emphasis on Scandinavian public transport links.

Moving the Economy promotes sustainable transport and inventories 150 case studies in which sustainable transport yielded measured economic benefits.

Travel on ELTIS (the European Local Transport Information Service).

Velo Mondial is a global bike site that includes the Amsterdam Declaration on the rights of cyclists.

Urban Ecology Australia is a non profit community group which advocates the building of ecological cities.

Auto-Free Orange County is an Orange County, California volunteer organization helping people develop less car-dependent lifestyles and more pedestrian-friendly communities.

Cloverleaf city: it would be better for all of us if there were fewer cars on the road

Central London Partnership is a public and private sector partnership which takes action to make central London a better place to live, work, invest, and visit.

The Thunderhead Alliance is a coalition of state and local bicycle advocacy groups.

International City Planners Network connects planning professionals from around the world: architects, city and town planners, community development and environmental planning professionals, landscape architects, open space planners, resource managers, transportation planners, and urban designers.

Car-Free France (portal site)

Andy Likuski urban design and modeling software

Parry People Movers supplies light tramway systems for smaller towns, and light rail vehicles for use on regional railways. They have developed an off-wire tram technology.

The Greenway is working to provide a safe, clean, aesthetic, and enjoyable place for people of all ages to ride a bicycle all year round.

Self-Propelled City is working on a self-propelled future for urban environments.

Sustainable Long Island is an organization whose mission is to promote economic development, social equity and a healthy environment for all Long Islanders, now and in the generations to come.

The Tri-State Transportation Campaign is an alliance of public interest, transit advocacy, planning and environmental organizations working to reform transportation policies in the New York/New Jersey/Connecticut metropolitan region.

Public Spaces How They Humanize Cities [PDF]

Wohnen ohne Auto (Living without cars) carries information on the carfree project in Munich. Also a reviews other German Carfree Projects and has tips for planning and realizing carfree living in Germany. (German only)

EEVL is the UK Gateway to quality reviewed engineering resources on the Internet.

GWL Terrein in Amsterdam, a 600-unit carfree project (in Dutch only)

Walk + Roll Cleveland encourages people to walk and bicycle in their daily lives.

The Priorities Institute discusses sustainability, carfree cities, and related topics.

Cities of the Future takes a glimpse at cities 100 years into the future.

Green and smart is the idea that public transport and walking are viable and sustainable modes of transport, and the lack of information is a significant impediment.

Recivilization Is it really over?

BikeAthens (Georgia) is dedicated to promoting sustainable transportation solutions for the Classic City.

Kevin Karplus maintains a large list of useful transportation, bicycle, and urban planning links.

Singapore Urban Redevelopment Agency offers information of local interest

EcoTopia USA is dedicated to a sustainable future.

World Carshare Consortium was set up under The Commons in early 1998 as a free, cooperative international information sharing and communications program in support of carsharing projects worldwide.

Martin van den Berg is also interested in the design of cities.

World Bank Group Urban Transport Strategy Review. "Urban sprawl is likely to increase to the detriment of public transport, reducing accessibility and services for the poor. The World Bank's Urban Transport Strategy Review will prepare for this challenge."

RehabRd is helping to pedestrianize urban areas with the help of virtual adapatations.

The Association of Monterey Bay Area Governments is a forum for planning, discussion and study of regional problems of mutual interest and concern to the counties and cities in Monterey, San Benito, and Santa Cruz Counties.

TrafficLinq traffic and transportation start page.

Bicycle City An eco-friendly place to live, work, and play

I Walk in My Street A Guide to Planning Successful Pedestrian Streets in New York City (PDF)

College Town Issues Issues related to student and year-round residents living and working together in college towns across the USA, especially in older, walkable neighborhoods.

New Urban Home The New Urban Home is a sustainable, fleible, and creative solution to individualized contemporary living.

Urban Squares is devoted to the study of city squares

The Planning Report The insider's guide to managed growth

Pretty Good City evolving thoughts on sustainable urbanism

Architects for Peace Urban professionals including planners, architects, designers and environmentalists against war. Information on peace actions, urban development, links to city and peace articles and relevant websites

Be Birmingham is the Local Strategic Partnership for Birmingham

Winter Cities proposes ways to ease the winter in northern cities.

North Carolina Coalition for Bicycle Driving Bicyclists are drivers of vehicles. Every street is a bicycle facility. Synergistic Transformation Institute

Halt the Ramp Caltrans is beginning construction of a new elevated freeway and ramp in San Francisco.

Transportation for a Livable City works to create more livable neighborhoods, where walking, bicycling, and transit are the best choices for most trips, and where housing is more plentiful and more affordable.

Active Living Leadership supports government leaders as they create and promote policies, programs and places that enable active living to improve the health, well-being and vitality of communities.

Map21 Ltd provides greenspace planning, research and community initiatives. Offers information for students and professionals plus COST C11 EU research project on Urban Greenspace.

City of Oakland (CA) pedestrian master plan

The Participatory City Innovations in the European Union (including a brief history of the carfree movement)

Removing Freeways - Restoring Cities from the Preservation Institute

Win-Win Transportation Solutions Cooperation for Economic, Social and Environmental Benefits from VTPI

Win-Win Emission Reduction Strategies Smart Transportation Strategies Can Achieve Emission Reduction Targets And Provide Other Important Economic, Social and Environmental Benefits from VTPI

Urban Squares urban squares from around the world

New Means to PROMote Pedestrian Traffic in Cities from the EU [PDF!]

Web Urban Design is a resource network of worldwide websites focusing on urban design. WUD aims to provide a direct and easy access to key websites.

Levego is Hungary's Clean Air Action Group

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