Projects

  • Veraguas, Republic of Panama: Located on a hilly site in Panama with spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean, Altos de Morrillo fronts one of the best surfing beaches in Central America.

  • Las Tablas, Republic of Panama: This 26,000 sqm town center located at the eastern edge of the village of La Tablas is Panama's first exurban commercial development based on new urbanist principles.

  • Santa Clara, Republic of Panama: A new town center located on the Carretera Panamericana in Santa Clara comprising retail stores, restaurants and entertainment venues, office space, boutique hotel and 50 units of housing.

  • Panama City, Republic of Panama: The Embassy Heights project will be a unique place to live and upon completion will also become a national precedent for future, market-driven, neighborhood-centered development in Panama City.

  • Veraguas, Republic of Panama: A 40-unit residential project located on a hilly forested site in Western Panama with spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean.

  • Panama City, Republic of Panama: The design of the Santa Maria Neighborhood proposes the forming of a new 600-unit urbanist neighborhood within one of the islands of the golf course of the Santa Maria project.

  • Panama Pacifico, Republic of Panama: A 950-acre neighborhood that abuts a sloping forest on the decommissioned Howard Air Base which has been carefully designed in response to Panama's tropical climate.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Paso Robles, California: The Uptown/Town Centre Specific Plan provides a vision for a 1,000-acre, 245-block planning area, merging rich historic traditions with contemporary needs.

  • 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.

  • Downey, California: The redevelopment of Downey Studios creates a true Town Center on an historic 80-acre property in Downey, California.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Lancaster, California: The redesign of Lancaster Boulevard focuses on establishing a lively public realm with reconfigured streets, plazas, paseos and other public spaces to remedy the loss of the City’s traditional downtown character.

  • 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.

  • Cotati, California: The faded downtown of Cotati, a Sonoma County city with a rich local history, has been revitalized with a charrette-led Specific Plan and Form-Based Code that articulates historically sensitive restoration and new development.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Domodedovo, Russia: A component of the Calthorpe & Associates-designed Domodedovo Master Plan, the Yuzhnoye Neighborhood is a 425-acre extension to a Moscow suburb.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Glendale, California: As part of a mature neighborhood in north Glendale, this mixed-use development incorporates courtyard spaces, retail, offices and 100 units of housing.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Ventura, California: Individual blocks, interconnected streets, inviting open spaces and a diverse array of building types form The Bluffs at Midtown, a walkable mixed-use community located in midtown Ventura.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Paso Robles, California: The 470-acre Olsen Ranch/Beechwood Specific Plan provides the framework for a Traditional Neighborhood Development in the City of Paso Robles, California.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Beverly Hills, California: The character of the Golden Triangle has been strengthened by transforming the area into a park-once district, adding improved landscape and lighting, and adopting a code to guide the design of future buildings.

  • 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.

  • Azusa, California: The Azusa General Plan and Development Code transforms the City of Azusa from a typical postwar suburb of production house tracts and commercial strips into a town of distinct, compact Neighborhoods that surround a vibrant downtown.

  • Albuquerque, New Mexico: East Downtown is in the process of revitalizing its Central Avenue and Broadway Corridors with light rail and a comprehensive redevelopment strategy.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Tucson, Arizona: The Mercado District, an important component in the restoration of the historic core of Tucson, is a fourteen-block, seven-plaza plan that will include 800 dwellings and 500,000 square feet of commercial space.

  • 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.

  • Burbank, California: This plan proposes a pedestrian-friendly, 600-unit mixed-use transit village on 11 acres of land divided by the Metrolink and the Golden State Freeway.

  • Shafter, California: Located on a twenty-acre parcel of land on the edge of an agricultural town in Central California, this affordable housing community of 81 homes accommodates farm laborers and their families.

  • 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.

  • 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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Albuquerque, New Mexico: The Alvarado Center plan repairs the damages that 1960s urban renewal brought to Albuquerque’s historic center, adding retail, housing and offices and guiding the reconstruction of the Alavardo Hotel and the Santa Fe Depot.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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: 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Santa Monica, California: A strategy for retrofitting, rebuilding and adding public parking in downtown Santa Monica expands the City’s Park-Once circulation pattern and creates safe, vibrant and pedestrian-friendly streets.

  • Santa Fe, New Mexico: Inspired by the form of Southwestern cordillera villages, a single pedestrian-friendly street dominates Santa Fe Foothills, with plazas surrounded by housing at each of the site’s entrances.

  • Santa Fe, New Mexico: Aldea de Santa Fe is a New Urbanist town that features the first public plaza constructed in New Mexico in more than a century.

  • 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.

  • Bellflower, California: A dilapidated streetscape was revitalized with improved signage, lighting and paint, along with the removal of 1960s-era siding that revealed a beautiful art deco façade.

  • 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.

  • 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.

Press

  • Gillian Drummond profiles the Mercado Neighborhood project in Tucson, Arizona which survived the 2008 economic crisis and has become a key piece of an increasingly popular district.

  • "Better! Cities & Towns" writes about the Lancaster Boulevard Transformation and it's EPA National Award for Smart Growth Achievement.

  • Rye Baerg visits Lancaster Boulevard to experience "the amazing transformation" of Lancaster's downtown and describes the street redesign as "a resounding success for businesses and residents."

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • The Planning Report interviews Stefanos Polyzoides about the opportunities that the Los Angeles region faces.

  • 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.

  • 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.

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

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

  • 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.

  • 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 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.

Talks

  • Stefanos delivered the keynote presentation at CNU 22 about the CNU-sponsored study undertaken by Moule & Polyzoides to convert Buffalo's Inner Harbor Freeway into a boulevard while transforming the surrounding 400 acres fronting Lake Erie into a series of new neighborhoods and districts.

  • A presentation that focused on the key principles the Charter of the New Urbanism, and their application to some of our recent neighborhood and district- scale projects in the Republic of Panama.

  • In conjunction with the publication of "Planning Los Angeles," Director of Design Vinayak Bharne and other contributors to the book participated in a colloquium at the Huntington Library that explored aspects of Los Angeles architecture and urbanism.

  • At CNU 19, Stefanos Polyzoides discussed TOD as an idea about neighborhood- and district-making.

News

Thoughts

  • Throughout human history, people have settled the land based on two fundamental desires, to be both in motion and in place.

  • The history of public housing in our country is filled with noble intentions, as it is littered with the unintended consequences of public policy.

  • Concentrations of civic, institutional, and commercial activity should be embedded in neighborhoods and districts, not isolated in remote, single-use complexes.