From Sunnyside to Seaside, Garden Suburb to New Urbanism

Gain a fresh perspective on a highly scrutinized subject: Sunnyside Gardens.


The early-twentieth century English Garden City Movement profoundly influenced American planned communities in the United States, beginning with Sunnyside Gardens in the 1920s and re-emerging with the New Urbanists in the 1980s. Join us for an analysis of how Sunnyside's defining features have since held up, or been lost—particularly with regard to regulation and the accommodation of contemporary needs.

With direct application to some of the most common urban design approaches today, this reexamination of the famed garden suburb will enable you to take a long view of your work.

Learning objectives

  • Identify the defining features of Sunnyside, Radburn, and Seaside that have been preserved or lost over the years, highlighting the tension between strict regulation and the necessity of accommodating contemporary needs.
  • Compare and contrast the evolution of the planned community with its application in recent models.
  • Analyze and summarize the interrelationship of the features that contribute to the qualities of scale and charm required to foster a sense of community.
  • Assess the principles that infused the older communities and recent examples, and consider the applicability of those ideals for current and future projects.
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  • Laura Heim


    Principal | Laura Heim Architect, PLLC

    Laura Heim has over 30 years of experience in architecture and historic preservation. Her award-...
  • Jeffrey Kroessler

    Associate Professor | John Jay College of Criminal Justice

    Jeffrey A. Kroessler is an urban historian specializing in housing, urban planning, and historic...
  • Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk


    Principal | DPZ Partners

    Malcolm Matheson Distinguished Professor of Architecture | University of Miami

    Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk is a founding principal of DPZ Partners, and the Malcolm Matheson...