Congress Archive: The First Decade


CNU X (Miami Beach, FL, 2002) concentrated on the pressing issue of retrofitting post-war suburbia, and attempted to articulate strategies for the hundreds of first ring suburbs seeking walkable, urbane downtowns. The Congress featured an opening keynote speech entitled "The Suburban Challenge" and break-out sessions including "Suburbs to Cities: Adapting to Change" ; "The Place for Suburbs: Where Should New Development Go?" ; "Redesigning the Suburban 'Strip' Corridor"; and "Suburbs: From Adolescents to Cities." New Urbanism 101 was brought back for a second Congress after an enthusiastic reception at both CNU IX and Rail~Volution 2001. Other features included a series of in-depth sessions for seasoned practitioners and a frank analysis of the movement's successes, failures, and future.

View a PDF copy of the CNU X Program for a list of speakers and sessions at CNU X Miami Beach.

CNU IX (New York, NY, 2001) focused tightly on four tracks: the region, the neighborhood, design, and codes. Most of the conference was devoted to large group sessions, placing the emphasis on the plenary speakers. The first day offered a new six-hour course, New Urbanism 101, which gave hundreds of newcomers the chance to learn the basics from some of the movement's most influential players. CNU IX also hosted an awards dinner for the winners of the first annual Charter Awards.

CNU VIII (Portland, OR, 2000) taught participants about the evolving political landscape of the New Urbanist and Smart Growth movements, and how to deal with the difficult local politics of implementing New Urbanism. By coordinating with the annual conference of Livable Oregon, CNU made this event their largest gathering to date: over 1400 people took part in the four-day event.

CNU VII (Milwaukee, WI, 1999) explored strategies to strengthen the physical, economic, and social aspects of cities.

CNU VI (Denver, CO, 1998) focused on environmental and urban infill issues.

CNU V (Toronto, ON, 1997), the first Congress outside of the United States, drew representatives from 18 countries.

CNU IV in Charleston, SC, in 1996, participants ratified the Charter. It was signed by then-Secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Henry Cisneros and attracted national attention.

CNU III (San Francisco, CA, 1995) dealt with regional planning. The principles for working on each of these scales were then compiled into the Charter of the New Urbanism, the defining document of our movement.

CNU II (Los Angeles, CA, 1994) explored the local scale of buildings, blocks, and streets.

CNU I (Alexandria, VA, 1993) founded the Congress and focused on principles related to the neighborhood, district, and corridor.