Press

  • Architectural Digest covers the 34th Annual Arthur Ross Awards, including Moule & Polyzoides's recognition in the Community Design/Civic Design/City Planning category.

  • Civano is a test case for New Urbanism versus sprawl. The former generates more value according to economic, environmental, and social indicators.

  • ABC News reports on New College of Florida’s 50th anniversary celebration and the opening of the LEED Gold-rated new Academic Center and Plaza designed by Moule & Polyzoides.

  • Los Angeles Times interview with Stefanos Polyzoides, who reflects on his early years and education, the New Urbanism, pet peeves and current projects—plus living, loving, and working with his partner, Elizabeth Moule.

  • In this Center for Creative Land Recycling video, local residents share their own perspectives about redevelopment of Hunters Point in San Francisco.

  • New Urban News reports about how our River North District Master Plan will revitalize an underutilized 377-acre precinct and extend San Antonio's beloved Riverwalk.

  • A guide to form-based coding, with a forward by Stefanos Polyzoides.

  • The Los Angeles Times reports about the controversy between New Urbanist and Modernist architects stirred by the post-Hurricane Katrina charrette in Biloxi.

  • New York Times article about the national charrette that provided emergency urban design services for the reconstruction of Biloxi, Mississippi after Hurricane Katrina.

  • Terrain.org interview with Stefanos Polyzoides that ranges from New Urbanist philosophy to the Community of Civano, Del Mar Station, desert urbanism and the architecture of place.

  • In response to the growing awareness of the effect that buildings have on the natural environment, Jeffrey Kaye of KCET-LA reports on efforts to build in a sustainable manner, focusing on the LEED-Platinum Robert Redford Building that we designed for the NRDC.

  • Civano resident writes in Terrain.org of his frustration and disappointment that the Civano developer abandoned the project’s original vision of creating a resource-efficient, pedestrian-oriented, mixed-use community.

  • Report from the Council on the New Urbanism, focusing on urban infill development. Features three Moule & Polyzoides projects: Del Mar Station Transit Village, Mission Meridian Village and UCLA SW Campus Graduate Student Housing. Includes two essays by Stefanos Polyzoides: "Housing Fabric as Town Form" and "The Plazas of New Mexico."

  • Los Angeles Times article profiling the partners and the philosophy behind their practice.

  • John Dutton's book explores how many American architects have reclaimed urban and suburban land development as an important, contemporary architectural issue. Included are critiques of Alvarado Center, Hueco New Town, Civano, Los Angeles Downtown Strategic Plan and Playa Vista.

  • Report of the First Council of the CNU, including articles about Civano New Town.

  • Catalog published in conjunction with the exhibition, Dynamic City, presented at the Centre International pour la Ville, l'Architecture et le Paysage in Brussels, Belgium (in French).

  • A Terrain.org case study of Civano New Town, the sustainable community designed by Moule & Polyzoides just outside of Tucson, Arizona.

  • An exploration of how and why twentieth-century architecture has contributed to environmental degradation. Case studies, including the University of Arizona Highland District Master Plan, provide guidelines for ameliorating such abuse.

  • Catalog to the 1994 exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, which included Playa Vista and the Los Angeles Downtown Strategic Plan.

  • A survey of Los Angeles' most provocative buildings and landmarks, with an architectural analysis of the entire period of the city's development. Includes contextual discussion of several Moule & Polyzoides projects: Pomona College Harwood-Lyon Court, Beverly Hills Golden Triangle Enhancement, Los Angeles Downtown Strategic Plan and Playa Vista.

  • A guide to the New Urbanism, with case studies of many pioneering projects, including three by Moule & Polyzoides: Playa Vista, University of Arizona Highland District Master Plan and the Los Angeles Downtown Strategic Plan.

  • L.A. Architect article by Peter Deveraux about Playa Vista project.

Projects

  • Zhengzhou, Republic of China: Provence Midtown is a mile-square new town located between the cities of Zhengzhou and Kaifeng in central China along a regional highway.

  • Fresno, California: This new plan addresses the long-term challenges of Fresno’s 7,200-acre core area, including the Fulton Corridor, the historic Fulton Mall and surrounding neighborhoods.

  • Nairobi, Kenya: The fourteen-acre Al Jamea tus Saifiyah campus is one of three worldwide campuses of the Islamic Daudi Bohra sect. The master plan is conceived as an intricate sequence of quads and courts, all open to the sky and embodying sacred Bohra tenets through specific landscape elements.

  • El Paso, Texas: This 200-acre Master Plan, located just south of the Montecillo Neighborhood on a heavily sloping site in the center of the city, is the second development to emerge from the City of El Paso’s recently adopted Smart Code.

  • El Paso, Texas: Montecillo is 380-acre transit-oriented development located on a heavily sloping site in the center of the City, organized on a number of walkable pedestrian sheds with interconnected streets and open spaces.

  • Los Angeles, California: Leveraging recent public investment in four new Gold Line stations, this new Plan will enhance the public realm through a variety of innovative design, landscape, transportation, economic and preservation strategies.

  • Fruitville, Florida: A coordinated strategy for ecologically responsible development of 346 acres in Sarasota County, the Fruitville Plan lays the armature for the creation of walkable Neighborhoods and Districts while preserving existing wetlands.

  • Le Chaland, Mauritius: Located on 95 acres of spectacular beachfront in southeast Mauritius, Le Chaland consists of a range of housing types designed in response to local climate and social customs.

  • Sarasota, Florida: Located at the entrance to the campus, this LEED Gold-rated office and classroom building is among the most prominent structures at the College. It is also the first of a series of buildings to form its main quadrangle.

  • Kalu Yala, Republic of Panama: A 46-acre sustainable Village located in central Panama, Kalu Yala's development is based on principles of environmental conservation and preservation.

  • Pasadena, California: The restoration of a 17,000-square-foot Italian Revival courtyard structure in Pasadena converts the 1929 building into a music school with recital halls, updated classrooms, studios, administrative offices and new performance spaces.

  • Santa Ana, California: Santa Ana’s historic center is being transformed, rectifying the urban renewal-based practices of the past 40 years and leveraging the area’s historic and cultural character to attract new investment and reaffirm the City's identity.

  • San Francisco, California: Located on the former home of Hunters Point Shipyard and Candlestick Park, this project's two blocks of urban infill are coordinated with a larger Master Plan that creates a new residential community.

  • Freeport, New York: The Building a Better Freeport Vision Plan has become a regional and national model for revitalizing aging commercial corridors with transit-oriented development to establish economic vitality and community place-making.

  • Fisherville, Tennessee: Located at the interchange of an important cross-town road and a new expressway loop in a rapidly developing area near Memphis, the project’s primary objective was to develop a new town rather than suburban sprawl.

  • Claremont, California: The Master Plan for Scripps College, an historic campus listed on the National Register of Historic Places, outlines a series of carefully crafted interventions that preserve the human scale of the buildings and the lush landscape while accommodating future campus expansion.

  • Dubai, United Arab Emirates: This 77-acre, 400-unit Neighborhood, part of the 20-square-mile Arabian Canal city in Dubai, was conceived in response to a need for housing for foreign workers.

  • San Antonio, Texas: A form-based Code with a detailed implementation strategy provides the framework for transforming an under-performing area immediately north of downtown San Antonio into a lively pedestrian-oriented district.

  • Hercules, California: Hercules Town Center, a Mixed-Use Transit-Oriented Development just north of San Francisco, integrates a proposed train and ferry terminal into the City’s fabric and defines a mixed-intensity residential quarter that cascades to San Pablo Bay.

  • Ventura, California: The new Master Plan and Form-Based Code for the 50-year-old, 330-acre Ventura Harbor District encourages new development, enhances recreation and establishes a highly sustainable infrastructure.

  • Los Angeles, California: Located high in the spectacular Angeles Crest National Forest, this new Visitors' Center includes a museum, an outdoor stargazing amphitheater and a residential inn for the historic Mount Wilson Observatory campus.

  • Ventura, California: Parklands, a 67-acre Traditional Neighborhood Development in Ventura, California, is a sustainable community of 500 homes.

  • Coronado, Panama: Located on a beachfront in central Panama, Lago Mar is a 55-acre new town on sloping terrain that offers spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean.

  • Dubai, United Arab Emirates: Located on a breakwater surrounding the Palm Deira, an extension to the heart of downtown Dubai, the Palm Deira Crescent Module separates the area’s private lagoons from the Persian Gulf.

  • Santa Paula, California: The 500-acre East Area One Plan is organized into three walkable neighborhoods and a civic facilities district, preserving agricultural land in the hills.

  • King City, California: Immediately east of King City’s historic downtown lies 500 acres owned by Smith Monterey, a farming company that has owned the land since the early 1960s.

  • Whittier, California: The Uptown Whittier Specific Plan updates the City’s 220-acre, 33-block historic retail core, preserving and drawing inspiration from the unique character and architectural styles of the area’s many historic buildings.

  • Island of Anguilla, British West Indies: Designed as an old world, mixed-use seaside Village, the resort community of Porto Temenos serves as a retail, commercial and recreation center for the Caribbean island of Anguilla.

  • Somerville, Massachusetts: Located on a 5.5-acre triangular site just outside of Boston, MaxPac Square is a 199-unit Transit-Oriented Neighborhood infill that includes 25 affordable housing units.

  • Al Aqair, Saudi Arabia: This new 600-acre town on the Arabian Bay is set among the traditional pearl farming and trading Villages of eastern Saudi Arabia.

  • Sarasota, Florida: New College of Florida is a 140-acre residential honors college that is known for its liberal arts programs, student-directed study programs and low student-to-faculty ratio.

  • Ventura, California: The Community Memorial Hospital District Master Plan introduces a replacement hospital building into a revitalized new hospital district.

  • City of Sunland Park, New Mexico: One of the largest cross-border regions of the greater El Paso/Ciudad Juarez metropolitan area, Sunland Park sits at the crossroads of the United States-Mexico border and at the juncture of three states: New Mexico, Texas and Chihuahua.

  • Los Angeles, California: Occidental College, founded in 1887, is a small liberal arts institution located in a scenic hillside area of northeast Los Angeles.

  • Ventura, California: The Village at Crooked Palm is a Master Plan for a 136-acre development just north of the City of Ventura. Located along the Ventura River on the site of a decommissioned oil refinery, the site affords beautiful views of adjacent orchards and distant mountains.

  • Williams Bay, Wisconsin: A part of the University of Chicago, the Yerkes Observatory has supported the research of some of the world’s greatest astronomers for over a century.

  • Placentia, California: This 110-acre Transit-Oriented District restores Placita Santa Fe, Placentia’s original town, and creates two new Neighborhoods on derelict industrial land.

  • San Simeon, California: The preservation of San Simeon Village entails transforming the 23-acre site into an inn based on the interpretation of the plan first drawn by Julia Morgan in the 1920s.

  • Ventura, California: The Ventura Downtown Code is one of the first Form-Based Zoning Codes in California—the result of an extensive and detailed analysis of downtown Ventura’s existing streets, blocks, buildings, public open spaces and landscape.

  • Santa Clarita, California: An historic Southern California community located in the 250-square mile Santa Clarita Valley, Newhall has been gradually surrounded by suburban development over the past 50 years.

  • Visalia, California: The Southeast Area Master Plan is located on an 850-acre greenfield at the edge of Visalia, an important agricultural center founded in 1852 in the heart of California’s San Joaquin Valley.

  • Idaho Falls, Idaho: Located on the banks of the Snake River close to historic downtown Idaho Falls, Taylor Crossing is a compact and walkable Traditional Neighborhood Development.

  • Biloxi, Mississippi: After the ravages of Hurricane Katrina, Moule & Polyzoides was invited to participate in a national charrette to provide emergency urban design services for the reconstruction of Biloxi.

  • Pasadena, California: The Civic Center Master Plan provides a vision and program for revitalizing the heart of Pasadena with guidelines for open space, Architecture, landscape, transit, traffic and parking improvements.

  • Los Angeles, California: This fifteen-acre heavily sloped site is located at Veteran and Weyburn southwest of the main UCLA campus and facing Los Angeles National Cemetery.

  • Guatemala City, Guatemala: Cayala Town Center is one of six Neighborhoods planned for this 1,000-acre city that was master planned in 2003 by Leon Krier and Estudio Urbano.

  • Yorba Linda, California: The Downtown Development Plan will guide the revitalization of Yorba Linda's traditional core with a multi-faceted program that addresses retail, housing and civic issues.

  • Ruidoso Downs, New Mexico: Moule & Polyzoides guided the site planning, development of housing types and design of the Community Center for this affordable housing development located on a hillside overlooking Ruidoso Downs in southeast New Mexico.

  • Los Angeles, California: This project addresses an historically important commercial center, the large and underused Sears & Roebuck warehouse and its grounds in the Boyle Heights Neighborhood.

  • Culver City, California: Adjacent to the historic Helms Bakery complex in Culver City, Culver Crossings consolidated an amorphous area into a major Town Center.

  • Tucson, Arizona: The market and cultural objectives of Tres Torres was to generate a superior New Urbanist Neighborhood with a form familiar yet new that would appeal to the local community in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico.

  • Oakland, California: This ten-acre mixed-use Transit-Oriented Development located near Downtown Oakland will revitalize a blighted and fractured community surrounding one of Oakland’s seven BART stations.

  • Long Beach, California: The Long Beach Civic Center/Lincoln Park Renovation resuscitates Long Beach’s civic heart by adding 40,000 square feet of new uses and restoring the pedestrian-friendly block structure of the historic city. City

  • Doña Ana, New Mexico: The plan for the reconstruction of the historic plaza of the Village of Doña Ana offers new hope for the future of this small rural community located on the Camino Real.

  • Los Alamos, New Mexico: The Los Alamos Downtown Master Plan transforms an area currently dominated by parking lots and controlled by suburban zoning into a vital, pedestrian-oriented Town Center with a new main street lined by mixed-use buildings.

  • Pasadena, California: The Polytechnic School Master Plan proposes patterns of future growth, emphasizing the definition of open space and landscape framework supported by transportation and other infrastructure improvements.

  • Santa Barbara, California: The UCSB North Campus Housing Plan will guide the development of 40 acres of vacant land, creating an affordable and sustainable Neighborhood of a variety of housing types for faculty and their families.

  • Claremont, California: The Pomona College Strategic Master Plan will guide growth and development of this historic 100-acre campus for the next 25 years.

  • Tucson, Arizona: The 25,000-square-foot Neighborhood Center for the new town of Civano incorporates covered patios, shaded courtyards, deeply recessed openings, rammed-earth and adobe walls, wind towers and other passive cooling techniques.

  • Logan Township, New Jersey: This 420-acre new town preserves 200 acres in a natural state while providing 3,000 units of housing, 200,000 square feet of retail and office space and civic buildings such as schools, a city hall and a fire station.

  • Tucson, Arizona: A model of Green Design in a desert environment, Civano New Town anticipates over 2800 households and includes strategies for conservation and preservation of native habitat on its 1,100-acre site in the Sonoran Desert.

  • Pasadena, California: Open space, landscape, parking and built form are addressed for this 28-acre, four-city-block campus, guiding both near- and long-term growth over the next 50 years.

  • Tucson, Arizona: A component of one of the first New Urbanist projects to integrate traditional planning principles with an advanced environmental protocol, the Civano New Town Patio Homes incorporate a variety of passive sustainable design and construction principles.

  • Santa Barbara, California: The West District Plan will guide the redevelopment of the western half of the University of California, Santa Barbara, creating a physical framework for transforming a 100-acre area currently dominated by parking fields into a traditional campus.

  • Azusa, California: The Azusa Civic Center Master Plan outlines a strategy for enhancing and expanding the institutional heart of this East San Gabriel Valley city.

  • El Paso, Texas: A 2,000-home, 450-acre town near El Paso, Hueco's design was based on The Laws of the Indies grid which was used extensively by the Spanish throughout the Southwest.

  • Northridge, California: The CSUN Reconstruction Master Plan creates an identity for an amorphous campus of randomly sited buildings that had been further compromised by the 1994 Northridge earthquake.

  • Los Angeles, California: Playa Vista restores and preserves over 300 acres of wetlands while creating walkable Districts and Neighborhoods of courtyard housing and townhouses with small parks, schools, retail and civic facilities.

  • Tucson, Arizona: The Highland District Master Plan is a medium-density campus precinct for student residential living and other mixed uses that is being developed over a twenty-year period.

  • Los Angeles, California: The transformation of Downtown Los Angeles into a highly connected, 24-hour, living-working city is being guided by the 30-year Los Angeles Downtown Strategic Plan.

  • Claremont, California: The restoration of Balch Hall revitalizes this 1929 building, including its large performance hall and accompanying gardens.

  • Claremont, California: Lyon Court is an addition to Harwood Court, a historic dormitory built in the 1920s just south of Pomona College’s main quadrangle.

News

Thoughts

  • This landmark volume documents the urban history of the State of New Mexico, one of the most architecturally distinguished places in the United States.

Talks

  • Presentation by Associate David Thurman at the Society for College and University Planning, Pacific Regional Symposium, Los Angeles