Reply To: New Urbanism.
There was a business strategy professor from UCD interviewed recently, and bemoaned the fact that most BCOMM undergraduates would write reams and reams in exams basically explaining what the buzz words meant, as opposed to adopting a theorom based approach of constructing a model displaying how a change in one component would affect the entire.
Sadly it is little different in specific sectors here I fear, I think that the exterior of buildings should be the last area of design to be examined. However many software packages lead you directly to the facade and work back.
It is not much different with development patterns here, we often see the shiny plans without calculating the effects of the completed buildings.
It has cost us dearly,