New Urbanism is homes and businesses together in a walkable livable community. Mix that with cohousing and art-lovers and that’s what we are about. We’ve discovered cohousing as a tried and tested way to find happiness in community. It’s through the degrowth theory — maximizing happiness and well-being through non-consumptive means—sharing work, consuming less, while devoting more time to art, music, family, culture and community. In everything we do, creating our bright future involves respecting the lessons of the past, the treasures of the present and the promise of the future.
As artists and art lovers new urbanism is the new way of life that has special application to what many of us thrive on — communities designed to balance workspaces, art opportunities, jobs and housing. This balance enlivens the interactions between artists, art-making, art-lovers, and the public that appreciates art. We want to live and have art spaces and a lifestyle where neighbors are supportive of each other and of art.
Cohousing involves governance and interactions amongst neighbors. With new urbanism style of planning we are building a new-urban neighborhood where you can work and show your work, walk a block and get coffee with friends. You can enjoy some open space, beautiful views of the front range, and a lovely reservoir, boat-house and playground just down the bike path. Kids can walk to school, and swimming class or other Rec. Center classes and summer camps. Kids and parents have a little more freedom in cohousing because it’s a safe area where neighbors are like family. There is always something going on right outside and since it’s cohousing, parents know that it’s all happening in a safe protected area with trusted adult neighbors.
This particular new urbanism village includes whatever the community decides to have: a garden, art studios, performance spaces, space for workshops and shared creative spaces. It’s open and beautiful and just urban enough at the same time. Nothing you need is to far away and friends and families are all welcome. For commuters, the bus stop right out front and your job is not too far to drive. Walk or bike a mile within lovely old neighborhoods and mature trees to get groceries. Ride your bike most places you want to be and catch the colorado trans-state bike paths just a stones throw from the property for a beautiful colorado day. Participate with other artists in activities that can provide artists with income, outlets for art and art activities. As an artist you’ll enjoy motivation and space to create. As an art-lover you will enjoy being in the heart of an arts village.
New Urbanism is an urban design movement which promotes walkable neighborhoods containing a range of housing and job types. It arose in the United States in the early 1980s, and has gradually influenced many aspects of real estate development, urban planning, and municipal land-use strategies.
New Urbanism is strongly influenced by urban design practices that were prominent until the rise of the automobile prior to World War II; it encompasses principles such as traditional neighborhood design (TND) and transit-oriented development (TOD). It is also related to regionalism, environmentalism, and smart growth.
The organizing body for New Urbanism is the Congress for the New Urbanism, founded in 1993. Its foundational text is the Charter of the New Urbanism, which begins:
We advocate the restructuring of public policy and development practices to support the following principles: neighborhoods should be diverse in use and population; communities should be designed for the pedestrian and transit as well as the car; cities and towns should be shaped by physically defined and universally accessible public spaces and community institutions; urban places should be framed by architecture and landscape design that celebrate local history, climate, ecology, and building practice.
New Urbanists support regional planning for open space, context-appropriate architecture and planning, and the balanced development of jobs and housing. They believe their strategies can reduce traffic congestion, increase the supply of affordable housing, and rein in suburban sprawl. The Charter of the New Urbanism also covers issues such as historic preservation, safe streets, green building, and the re-development of brownfield land. The ten Principles of Intelligent Urbanism also phrase guidelines for new urbanist approaches.
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