David Bartz

Graduation Semester and Year




Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Landscape Architecture


Landscape Architecture

First Advisor

David Hopman


The Congress of New Urbanism (CNU) is a relatively new topic among urban developers, planners, and city leaders. It seeks to change the way cities and towns are built by creating compact neighborhoods that encourage pedestrian activity. This study was an exploration of the design principles of the Congress of New Urbanism (CNU) as they relate to contemporary neighborhood design research and how effective they are at stimulating social interaction through increased use of outdoor areas. The context of the study stems from the CNU implying that friendly sociable neighborhoods can be physically designed (Talen 2002). More specifically the CNU states that the design characteristics used foster social interaction within neighborhoods through increased use of the outdoor areas (Duany 2000). The study reviewed research examining how to create urban neighborhoods that engender social interactions such as Lennard's (1987) research on social design principles and Hester's (1984) research on good neighborhood space. The primary research method included a cross-sectional behavioral study collecting data on neighborhood use and social interaction from a new urbanism and single use residential neighborhood. The study offers insight into the correlations of CNU design principles and contemporary neighborhood research and concludes with a review of effectiveness of the Congress of New Urbanism design principles as related to social interaction and neighborhood use.


Architecture | Landscape Architecture


Degree granted by The University of Texas at Arlington