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Daniel Solomon (born 11 December 1939) is an American architect, urban designer, professor and author. He is one of the co-founders of the Congress of the New Urbanism. [1]


After receiving a Bachelor of Arts (Honors in Humanities) from Stanford University in 1962, Solomon earned a Bachelor of Architecture from Columbia University in 1963 and a Master of Architecture from the University of California at Berkeley in 1966. He is a professor emeritus at the University of California, Berkeley's College of Environmental Design and has taught classes there since 1967. He taught at UC Berkeley from 1967 – 200?.

Solomon founded Daniel Solomon & Associates in 1967 and continued that practice until 1989 when he joined with Anne Torney and John Ellis as Solomon E.T.C. In 2002, Solomon E.T.C. merged with Wallace, Roberts & Todd. [2]

Solomon looks to the “urban, and modern, creating a singular fabric pattern” in his urban design work. He designs space where “urban and habitable” coexist. [3]

“the relationship of urban land to hinterland, of the city to its transportation infrastructure, the city to its own history and the role of public space in the culture of the city” [4]

Congress for the New Urbanism[edit]

Solomon helped found the Congress for the New Urbanism in 1993, an organization which advocates the interdisciplinary approach to restoring existing urban centers and towns within coherent metropolitan regions. "[We want] to reconfigure our daily world so that it is more like the places we seek out when we have the chance, and less like the places that we know deep in our genes do not satisfy everything we long for," explains Solomon.[5]

Peter Calthorpe, Andres Duany, Elizabeth Moule, Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk, Stefan Polyzoides, and Solomon founded the Chicago-based Congress for the New Urbanism in 1993. The CNU has grown to more than 3,000 members, and is the leading international organization promoting new urbanist design principles. It holds annual Congresses in various U.S. cities. The CNU's Charter of the New Urbanism says: We advocate the restructuring of public policy and development practices to support the following principles: neighborhoods should be diverse in use and population; communities should be designed for the pedestrian and transit as well as the car; cities and towns should be shaped by physically defined and universally accessible public spaces and community institutions; urban places should be framed by architecture and landscape design that celebrate local history, climate, ecology, and building practice. [6] New urbanists support regional planning for open space, context-appropriate architecture and planning, and the balanced development of jobs and housing. They believe their strategies can reduce traffic congestion, increase the supply of affordable housing, and rein in urban sprawl. The Charter of the New Urbanism also covers issues such as historic preservation, safe streets, green building, and the redevelopment of brownfield land.

A selection of publications[edit]

  • ”Daniel Solomon. ReBuilding”, New York, Princeton Architectural Press, 1992
  • ”Daniel Solomon. Global City Blues”, Washington, D. C., Island Press, 2003
  • ”Daniel Solomon. Cosmopolis”, Ann Arbor, University of Michigan Press, 2008

A selection of buildings[edit]

  • The David Brower Center and Oxford Plaza, Berkeley
  • 101 San Fernando, San Jose
  • Vermont Village Plaza, Los Angeles
  • Fulton Grove Townhouses, San Francisco
  • Berkeley Fine Arts Building, Berkeley
  • Mosaica, San Francisco
  • Vest Pocket Community, Fairfax

A selection of urban planning projects[edit]

A selection of Awards[edit]

  • 2009 The Association of Bay Area Governments, Growing Smarter Together Awards, Building a Better Bay Area – Urban Design Award for David Brower Center / Oxford Plaza[7]
  • 2008 Housing Action Coalition, Housing Hero Award[8]
  • 2005 CNU Charter Award for Coyote Valley, San Jose, California[9]
  • 2004 Maybeck Award, California AIA for Achievement in Design
  • 2002 CNU Charter Award for 101 San Fernando[10]
  • 2003 AIA/HUD Secretary’s Award for Mixed-Use, Mixed Income Housing[11]
  • 2000 AIA/HUD Secretary’s Award for Vermont Avenue Village Plaza[12]
  • 1998 Seaside Prize for Contributions to American Urbanism
  • 1995 Architectural Digest: 100 Foremost Architects
  • 1992 Golden Nugget Awards, Grand Award for Fulton Grove Townhouses
  • 1991 Architectural Digest: 100 Foremost Architects

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