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Miami's progressive, New Urbanist zoning code Miami 21 picked up one of the American Institute of Architects' honor awards this week in the category of urban design. The firm of Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk, Dean of the UM School of Architecture for over two decades, and her husband Andres Duany designed the code, which was adopted by the City of Miami in 2009. It requires that new construction be pedestrian-oriented, have more public space, be of higher density and a mixture of uses, and encourages affordable housing and historic preservation. Basically it's the reason why most new Miami buildings have street-front retail, parking pedestals are being hidden behind layers of apartments and offices, and neighborhoods are slowly becoming more walkable, instead of automotive death-cages, etc. [Dezeen; Architect's Newspaper; Previous Miami 21 coverage] [Map via Duany Plater-Zyberk & Co.]