Location

University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Start Date

16-4-2011 2:00 PM

End Date

16-4-2011 2:20 PM

Description

New Urbanists present both a theory for strong community development and an architectural planning program for moving towards sustainable urban environments. They argue neighborhoods should be compact, pedestrian-friendly, with mixed-usage of housing and activities, and available public spaces. These design elements foster and encourage social interaction among residents which creates and enforces neighborhood community. I tested New Urbanism Theory by performing ethnographic fieldwork to assess the quality of neighborhoods in Las Vegas. Then I compared neighborhood qualities to residents’ responses to their neighborhood, neighbors, and quality of life from the Las Vegas Metropolitan Area Social Survey. My results confirmed New Urbanist claims.

Keywords

Cities and towns — Study and teaching; Communities; Neighborhoods; Nevada – Las Vegas; Urban ecology (Sociology)

Disciplines

Community-Based Research | Demography, Population, and Ecology | Infrastructure | Place and Environment | Sociology | Sustainability | Urban Studies and Planning

Language

English

Comments

Mentor: Robert Futrell, University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Consists of 36 PowerPoint slides

Attached file: Poster

CAlvarez_FOCSPoster_2011.pdf (910 kB)
New Urbanism Theory and Community Health in Las Vegas

 
Apr 16th, 2:00 PM Apr 16th, 2:20 PM

Keynote address: Community health in Las Vegas

University of Nevada, Las Vegas

New Urbanists present both a theory for strong community development and an architectural planning program for moving towards sustainable urban environments. They argue neighborhoods should be compact, pedestrian-friendly, with mixed-usage of housing and activities, and available public spaces. These design elements foster and encourage social interaction among residents which creates and enforces neighborhood community. I tested New Urbanism Theory by performing ethnographic fieldwork to assess the quality of neighborhoods in Las Vegas. Then I compared neighborhood qualities to residents’ responses to their neighborhood, neighbors, and quality of life from the Las Vegas Metropolitan Area Social Survey. My results confirmed New Urbanist claims.