Sustainable living in the modern world requires high density urban development.  Sprawling urban areas, and even sprawling rural areas, consume too much energy and too many other resources to support a large portion of the world's population.
Issues and Questions

Urban Sprawl

Urban sprawl has pushed our society to a breaking point economically, socially and ecologically.  Part of the problem involves massive infrastructure that must be either preserved or replaced.  But people love their cities, suburbs, and rural living, and the associated unsustainable habits of life.
NewVistas Model

Description and Targets

The NewVistas model achieves very high urban density while preserving natural beauty and a human-scaled environment.


1. Elimination of all forms of sprawl
2. Population density of 10,000 to 15,000 people per square mile
3. Mixed use - residential, commercial, agricultural, industrial

High Density: NewVistas Elements

PowerPoint (Levie 2014) explains the NewVistas approach to sprawl and mixed use, optimal buildings and their arrangments, transportation and energy.