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Congress for New Urbanism (CNU 20)

CNU20: Final Reflections.

May 21, 2012 by Erin Chantry

It’s been one week since I started out on my first CNU journey, and overall it was a wonderful one. I am still wallowing through all my reflections on my week in West Palm Beach and have been able to express many of them through posts I’ve written. I have believed in the movement and adhered to the CNU Charter in my own way since I...[read more]

New American Frontier: The Braddock Initiative

May 21, 2012 by Atul Sharma
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Earlier this week, we published our report on CNU20 that took place in West Palm Beach. In it we deduced that New Urbanism is at a critical pivot point in its evolution. Conceived as an alternative to sprawl, which was the predominant development model for the second half of the 20th century in the United States, New Urbanism has matured...[read more]

How to Integrate Urbanism + Transit

May 16, 2012 by Erin Chantry

Jarrett Walker, author of Human Transit: How Clearer Thinking About Public Transit Can Enrich Our Communities and Our Lives, told us he was at CNU20 to preach a little fire and brimstone:  transportation planner to new urbanist. While I wouldn’t call it brimstone, he definitely spoke passionately about real issues that need to be...[read more]

Design Can’t Save Us, but We Can Save Through Design. A #CNU20 Reflection

May 15, 2012 by Kristen Jeffers

It’s been roughly 48 hours since the last session at CNU 20 and I’ve been home about 24 of those hours with a sore throat and bruised heels from all the great debates, ideas, dances, food and fellowship that I encountered at the Congress.There were so many diverse viewpoints this year that it has taken me to this point to be able to sit...[read more]

Why Did We Stop Walking and How Do We Start Again?

May 14, 2012 by Erin Chantry
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As you may know, the CNU20 conference was organized around tracks which allowed you to focus on your particular interest and how it related to New Urbanism. I spent most of my time on the “Mobility and Walkable City” since that is where my concentration lies. There is no doubt that the best breakout session of this track was “Why Did We...[read more]

Space, The First But Not Final Frontier: Analyzing Space, Uses, and Transportation.

May 13, 2012 by Erin Chantry

When I chose this breakout session, I didn’t really fully understand the title, but I was confident that with “space” and “transportation,” it had to be up my alley. It turned out to be a presentation of four of the latest and greatest research papers conducted in the New Urbanism field. As they were discussed, it was a little...[read more]

Looking Forward: New Urbanism and the New World.

May 13, 2012 by Erin Chantry

Photos courtesy of Seaside Institute

This morning when I walked into the West Palm Beach convention center, I was very excited to be able to meet and brainstorm with the thinkers at the forefront of my profession, or at least the people who share in the same urban design theology. I had heard rumblings about the culture of the Congress of New Urbanism and certainly...[read more]

CNU Friday Night Live Plenary with Richard Florida

May 11, 2012 by Ben Schulman

Again, we're streaming today's plenary featuring Richard Florida live from Palm Beach starting at 5:30 until 6:30 pm EST. Don't miss it!Richard Florida, author of the best-selling Rise of the Creative Class and The Great Reset, speaks at CNU 20 on May 11. Florida is the founder of the Creative Class Group, currently heads the Martin...[read more]

Social Media and the City

May 9, 2012 by Atul Sharma

To students of urbanism the familiar story has been told over and over: post-WWII flight from the cities to the suburbs altered how American’s lived - generally from living “outside” your home to a more secluded, private interior sanctuary.[read more]

Is running freeways through cities a costly mistake?

March 5, 2012 by Kaid Benfield

  I am of the opinion, which is by no means universally held, that the Interstate Highway System, whose construction was begun in the 1950s, was good for America, or at least a net plus when it comes to travel between cities.  As I have written before, I am old enough to remember when the early parts of I-40 were built in...[read more]

Shape the Design of Our Communities at CNU 20

February 24, 2012 by Ben Schulman

 We here at CNU have just released the full CNU 20 schedule!  Begin to map out your must-attend tours, breakout sessions, plenaries, and advanced-level 202 courses.  Register for CNU 20 now and prepare to gain insights into lessons learned from top practitioners and take away the necessary tools to enact meaningful...[read more]

Presentations From The Smart Growth Awards

December 2, 2011 by Ben Schulman

The EPA announced the winners of the 2011 National Award for Smart Growth Achievement today, and CNU's fingerprints left a heavy imprint this year. Congrats to CNU Board Chair Victor Dover and Dover-Kohl Partners for recognition of their work on Plan El Paso, and to CNU Board Member Doug Farr for his work on the Uptown Normal...[read more]