• A Temple of Science

    A retrospective on the 100th anniversary of the 100-inch Hooker Telescope at Mount Wilson Observatory, A Temple of Science explores the scientific, architectural and engineering significance of what was the largest telescope in the world until 1949.

  • Bertram Goodhue and the Architecture of Caltech

    An exploration of Bertram Goodhue’s work at Pasadena’s California Institute of Technology, his formative influence on the architecture and urbanism of California, and the important lessons that traditionalists today can take from this important body of work.

  • Transit-Oriented Development

    For the past 20 years, Moule & Polyzoides has focused on the planning of sustainable cities through the architectural and urban design of transit-oriented developments and their mixeduse neighborhoods and districts.

  • Campus Planning & Architecture

    Since its inception in 1982, the practice of Moule & Polyzoides, Architects and Urbanists has been focused on the American campus.


  • Town Center Design

    For over twenty years, Moule & Polyzoides has been a unique firm promoting new principles of planning and urban development. We help transform cities into successful, livable places, most often through the design of buildings and the preparation of neighborhood and district master plans, design guidelines, form-based codes and sustainability protocols.


  • The Bennett Plan

    Pasadena, California's Bennett Plan is a rare and unique national cultural monument, one of a dozen or so Civic Centers in the United States executed under the principles of Beaux Arts Planning and Design.


  • YWCA / Kimpton Hotel

    Presentation to the Planning & Design Commission about the YWCA / Kimpton Hotel in Pasadena's historic civic center.

  • Michael Graves' Creative Spark

    A tribute to Michael Graves on the occasion of his death, with a contribution by Stefanos, who was his student at Princeton in the late 1960s.

  • The New Urbanist Principles of Provence Midtown

    In a video address to the Board of Directors of our Provence Midtown client in Zhengzhou, China, Stefanos Polyzoides discusses the principles of the New Urbanism and how they are specifically applied to the project.


  • Towards a New Urban Panama

    In 2011, George J. Moreno & Partners and Moule & Polyzoides joined professional forces to provide urbanist and architectural services to Panamanian clients and have now completed over a dozen projects together.

  • The Language of Classicism in Southern California

    Introductory essay to our exhibition at the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art's Ten-Year Anniversary Celebration, which argues that an Architecture of place that incrementally constructs the city and establishes a sustaining relationship with nature benefits both the economy and the culture.



  • Introduction to 'The Mexican Patio House'

    Introduction to the forthcoming book by José Antonio Pérez examining the patio houses of Lagos de Moreno in Jalisco, Mexico.

  • The Emerging Asian City

    Director of Design Vinayak Bharne has edited this collection of twenty-four scholarly essays, including four of his own, that surveys the multifarious urbanities and urbanisms that constitute the Asian urban landscape.

  • Al Jamea tus Saifiyah Campus Competition Presentation

    Final presentation to the Al Jamea tus Saifiyah competition jury for the master plan of their campus in Nairobi.

  • Case Study: Seaside's Quincy Place

    An analysis of how Quincy Place would fit into the fabric of Seaside.

  • Mission Meridian Village

    Stefanos Polyzoides discusses housing design in the context of neighborhoods, with Mission Meridian Village in South Pasadena as his backdrop.

  • Housing Fabric as Urban Form

    An analysis of the damaging consequences that the Modernist movement has had on our cities, with a call for a New Urbanist-based approach to housing.



  • Density

    Density is a planning metric that describes the spatial and physical dimensions of crowding in human settlements.



  • Form-Based Codes

    Foreword to Form-Based Codes: A Guide for Planners, Urban Designers, Municipalities, and Developers by Daniel G. Parolek, AIA, Karen Parolek and Paul C. Crawford, FAICP (Wiley 2008)

  • The Canons of Sustainable Architecture and Urbanism

    A set of operating principles for human settlement that reestablishes the relationship between the art of building, the making of community and the conservation of our natural world.



  • The Five Los Angeleses

    Since its founding in 1781, our great city, El Pueblo de Nuestra Senora La Reina de los Angeles de Porciuncula, has been visioned, designed and built four times. However, with each successive layer of its development razed and little of the cumulative evidence remaining, the myth has flourished that Los Angeles has no history.

  • LA's Sharp Turn From Sprawl

    Beginning in the early 1990s, the planning and development culture of Southern California began to shift away from sprawl. This was not accomplished by a sudden reversal of citizen attitudes, political climates and professional practices. It was instead induced by a variety of trends, slowly and steadily leading the region toward a more positive view of its culture, its livability prospects and its financial outlook.

  • Streets, Blocks & Buildings

    The form of the New Urbanism is realized by the deliberate assembly of streets, blocks and buildings.

  • On Campus-Making in America

    The American campus-making tradition is an invaluable source of coherence, the source of many wondrous future projects, and a guarantee for the survival of the American university as an institution of coherence and meaning.


  • A Tale of Two Cities

    A analysis of Tucson's early history and the wanton destruction to the city brought about by misguided urban renewal.

  • Giancarlo De Carlo

    Introduction to the 2003 Seaside Prize


  • The Bungalow, the Street and the Court

    Traditional Elements of a California Architecture & Urbanism

  • The Seaside Debates

    A critique of the New Urbanism with introductions by Elizabeth Moule and Stefanos Polyzoides.

  • Streets and Buildings

    In the work of the New Urbanism, we start with the premise that buildings and the space between (streets and squares) must be a balanced ensemble of pavement, streetwalls, green and building walls.

  • HOPE 6

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

  • The Plazas of New Mexico

    The idea of the plaza in human history is born and developed under a number of different impulses: an expression of the power of the state to define a place for public life, through a singular, monumental architectural enclosure.

  • Greeting by the Chairman of the Board, Miami, CNU 10

  • The Congress for the New Urbanism

    The suggestion has been made that this gathering be called The Seaside Tapes, giving appropriate remembrance and credit to ‘The Charlottesville Tapes’ meeting of fifteen years ago in Virginia.


  • If I Were a Young Architect

    If I were a young architect, I would find it daunting to access the values supporting the practice of a contemporary Architecture.

  • The Charrette Process

    The charrette is a method of planning, which we have adopted and developed to support our traditional planning practice.

  • Neighborhood, District, and Corridor

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

  • In Praise of Bungalows

    Sprawl builders and developers call them ‘product’.


  • Charter of the New Urbanism

    The foundational text of the Congress for the New Urbanism, which advocates the restructuring of public policy and development practices to support the restoration of existing urban centers and towns within coherent metropolitan regions.

  • From Zoning Codes to Development Codes

    Conventional zoning was meant to promote the health and prosperity of the public by regulating zones of exclusive use; in practice, however, appropriate use became much less important than the entitled amount of gross usable space and the physical envelopes of buildings.


  • The Charter of the New Urbanism

    A lecture given by Elizabeth Moule at the Seaside Institute, which includes a brief account of the drafting of the Charter of the New Urbanism and a discussion of the values that inform it.


  • Downtown in the Twentieth Century

    Downtown Los Angeles has been the historic center of the Southern California region since its inception and Bunker Hill one of its pivotal constituent parts. The development and redevelopment of Bunker Hill in the last one hundred-odd years, provides a special opportunity to observe the process through which the Architecture and Urbanism of Los Angeles was developed during various phases of the city's growth.

  • The Third Los Angeles

    Exhibition at Barnsdall Municipal Art Gallery, Los Angeles, California, 1994



  • The Ahwahnee Principles

    In 1991, the Local Government Commission, a private nonprofit group in Sacramento, invited architects Peter Calthorpe, Michael Corbett, Andrés Duany, Elizabeth Moule, Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk, Stefanos Polyzoides and Daniel Solomon to develop a set of community principles for land use planning. Named the Ahwahnee Principles (after Yosemite National Park's Ahwahnee Hotel), the commission presented the principles to about one hundred government officials in the fall of 1991, at its first Yosemite Conference for Local Elected Officials. Many of these principles were incorporated into the Charter of the New Urbanism.