Projects

  • Fresno, California: West Creek Village is a 120-acre neighborhood in southwest Fresno comprising a 36-acre community college campus, a 10-acre community park, a seven-acre elementary school, quiet residential neighborhood streets lined by a mix of single- and multi-family housing, and a transit-oriented, mixed-use town center.

  • Panama City, Republic of Panama: Located in a private neighborhood in Panama City, Santa Maria Town Center is a 400,000 sf mixed-use development with 100,000 sf of retail and 70 residential units in the form of townhomes and stacked flats.

  • Georgetown, Texas: A new traditional neighborhood development located north of Austin, Texas in the outskirts of Georgetown, Cobb Ranch is designed as an ensemble of three neighborhoods, two hamlets and a commercial district, all carefully placed to conserve the existing native vegetation, karst features and salamander habitats.

  • Panama City, Republic of Panama: The Embassy Hills project is situated on a narrow, hilly, 20-hectare site which, despite the severe topographical constraints of its location, has the ambiance of a charming hill town neighborhood.

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

  • Panama City, Republic of Panama: A 600-unit New Urbanists neighborhood comprising a variety of building and unit types, all surrounded by a rich public realm of open space.

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

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

  • 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.

  • 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 site 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

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

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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: 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Tucson, Arizona: The market and cultural objectives of Tres Torres were 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.

  • 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 comprising a variety of housing types for faculty and their families.

  • 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 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.

  • 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.

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.

  • 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 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.