This is to REMIND you that Dr. Ajay Garde a candidate for the Urban Design position is visiting the Department today and tomorrow. His research talk will be held in room 2125 at 2:30pm tomorrow (see details below). We encourage everyone to attend. Thursday March 28, 2002 - Room 2125 - 2:30 to 4:00 pm Dr. Ajay Garde - Lecturer University of Southern California New Urbanism: The Making of a Design Paradigm and Public Policy The supply side story of urban development has been focused in the research, to examine how reformist ideas such as New Urbanism are formed. Why they are promoted by designers, sponsored by developers, and endorsed by public officials? And why they continue to have such popular appeal that often leads to institutional and regulatory reform? The research is divided into two parts. In the first part, the development of New Urbanism has been compared with that of Garden City movement and Neighborhood Unit concept to show that innovations in urban design are governed by paradigms. These preconceived models incorporate contemporary social values and dominant intellectual thoughts, and eventually influence public policy. New Urbanism is one such paradigm, and it deserves serious consideration. In the second part, the design, development, and approval process of 202 New Urbanist projects in the United States have been investigated, to examine barriers and channels for diffusion of New Urbanism, and to suggest recommendations. The study concludes with reflections on the making of design paradigms and its implications for public policy.