What is a sustainable community? A colleague of mine sent me this video, Built to Last. This is a great video segment to help define the concepts and characteristics of a sustainable community in visual ways, reinforcing one aspect of sustainable design in the context of a community: protecting the natural environment by improving the built environment.
Besides “New Urbanism” I wouldn’t get too hung up on just this one label. There are many other names besides New Urbanism, all sharing common elements of sustainable communities. As a long-time resident of Portland Oregon, much of this has become commonplace to myself. Likewise in Europe and other areas throughout the world many of these elements are well known. I invite comments to share other examples.