The concept of community where people can meet their needs, interact, and feel a sense of belonging
and togetherness has been an interesting topic for a majority of professionals in different academic
fields such as urban planning and urban design. Different theories in these disciplines assert the
correlation between the built environment and sense of community. Among these theories, New
Urbanism is one of the most important schools of thought which have thrown light on this correlation.
New Urbanism claims that the built environment can create a sense of community among its users.
As the theory of New Urbanism develops more and more among professionals across the world, it is
critical that we give the topic more research attention. This study intends to begin moving us in this
direction by reviewing some studies which tried to achieve the social goal of new urbanism in recent
years. Therefore the results of the empirical assessment of Sense of community in different
neighbourhoods are reviewed and the influence of physical design on different domains of sense of
community are discussed to find out whether the claims of new urbanism in creating sense of
community could be trusted in the future development. While new urbanism movement continues to
become more popular, finding enough evidence for its social claims might encourage more planners
to use its principles as a way to improve the residents' social life.
Keywords: Community, New Urbanism, Physical Design.
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