Peter Katz

Peter Katz Author and consultant Peter Katz used to help developers market suburban sprawl. Now he’s one of its fiercest critics. Katz is a leading proponent of New Urbanism, an urban design and planning movement that The New York Times called “the most important phenomenon to emerge in American architecture in the post-Cold War era.” New Urbanists combine traditional planning and modern technology to create compelling places that break the suburban mold of mega-malls, cookie-cutter subdivisions and endless highways. Instead, they strive for environmental balance, social equity and a true sense of community.Katz played a key role in shaping the movement as founding executive director of the Congress for the New Urbanism. He’s also author of a seminal book on the subject — The New Urbanism: Toward an Architecture of Community — published by McGraw-Hill in 1994. Katz continues to address implementation barriers to building better places: He was the founding President of the Form-Based Codes Institute, a national alliance advancing an emerging alternative to use-based zoning and remains a board member of that group