Cities and suburbs across the globe are facing a crisis of livability, traffic and cost; a crisis with profound economic, environmental, and social dimensions. The solutions involve new land use patterns that connect now isolated enclaves into mixed-use communities. Calthorpe Associates is a leader in the field of planning for such mixed-use, pedestrian-oriented places -- places that are human scale, affordable, and diverse; that re-integrate home and work; transit and auto use; civic identity and commercial activity; human needs and ecological limits. Newsweek Magazine claims our concepts for cities, towns, and suburbs have defined a new direction in planning and growth for the nation.
Grounded in a history of pioneering work in Sustainable Communities, New Urbanism, Transit Oriented Development, and Regional Planning, Calthorpe Associates is now internationally recognized as a leader in urban design, community planning, and regional growth strategies. Since 1983 the firm has assisted private and public clients in shaping progressive forms of growth and redevelopment – forms that help reestablish a sense of place, scale, history and environmental balance within the built environment.