Oscar Newman

Oscar Newman is a registered architect and city planner, known internationally for his architectural work, research, and writings in the fields of community planning, assisted housing, crime prevention, and racial integration.

The U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD) has just published a new book by Mr. Newman, entitled Creating Defensible Space. It explains the principles he used in designing and implementing three of his best known projects. Two of Newman’s earlier books, Defensible Space and Community of Interest, have helped frame housing policies throughout the world. HUD has now adopted “Defensible Space” principles for all its new projects, as well as for determining which projects to tear down.

Mr. Newman was named Man-of-the-Year in 1995 by Law Enforcement News, which is published by the John Jay College of Criminal Justice of the City University of New York. Last year, he received the Annual Award of Achievement from the Environmental Design Research Association, which has a wide international membership.