CNU XII: Chicago

CNU XII, June 24-27, 2004, Chicago brought a record 1375 attendees to Chicago for a Congress built around the theme, "Blocks, Streets, and Buildings Today: The New City Beautiful." A set of sessions explored different visions of urbanism that have shaped cities and towns for better or worse, or have the potential to do so in the future. Major plenary and related breakout sessions explored the Traditional City, the Modernist City, and the Sustainable City, while a final session debated the relevance of the City Beautiful movement in forging a contemporary urbanism that draws on the best elements of these major conceptions of the city. CNU XII paid particular attention to the smallest scale of the Charter--the street, block, and building. Sessions included expert practitioners and theorists from around the country and the world including Andres Duany, Barbara Littenberg, Robert Campbell, Ralph Johnson, Ann Beha, Howard Decker, and Herbert Dreiseitl. A participant summed up CNU XII aptly by saying, "It was intense, worthwhile, educational, and gives hope that things can change." View a PDF copy of the CNU XII Program for a list of speakers and sessions at CNU XII Chicago.


Blocks, Streets and Buildings Today:

The New City Beautiful

June 24-27, 2004

Chicago, Illinois


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Program & Schedule

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View a list
and schedule of all sessions

Congress Evaluations

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CNU membership. Congratulations Kyle!

Session & Speaker Downloads

View a List of Sessions Approved for Continuing Education Credits

We have received files from many, but not all, CNU XII speakers. Check back
periodically for new files.

  • Making and Marketing Mixed Income
    Neighborhoods - View PDF

    Barry Long, Principal, Urban Design Associates
    Joe Berridge, Partner, Urban Strategies Inc.
  • Anatomy of New Urbanist Zoning Codes - View

    Paul Crawford, Principal, Crawford Multari & Clark Assoc.
    Beverley Dockeray-Ojo, Director of the Bureau of Planning, City of Atlanta
    Craig Lewis, Principal/Director of Town Planning, The Lawrence Group, Town
    Planners and Architects
  • Meta-Physical Planning - View PDF
    Philip Bess, Professor of Architecture, University of Notre Dame; Principal,
    Thursday Associates
  • New Urbanism on the Prairie - View

    Honorable Chris Koos, Mayor, Town of Normal, IL
  • Tutorials on Type - View PDFs Stuart E. Cohen, Principal, Stuart Cohen & Julie Hacker Architects
    Katherine W. Kelley, President, Green Street Properties
  • The
    Coming Demand: Building for Our Aging Population - View PDFs

    Murphy Antoine, Associate Principal, Torti Gallas and Partners
    Eleanor Smith, Executive Director, Concrete Change
  • The Fate of the Arterial - View PDFs
    Norman W. Garrick, Associate Professor, Connecticut Transportation Institute,
    University of Connecticut
    Wendy Morris, Director (Urban Design and Planning), Ecologically Sustainable
    Design, Australia
  • Architectural Education: Turning Design
    Culture Right Side Up - View PDF

    Douglas Kelbaugh, Dean, Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning,
    University of Michigan
  • Certifying New Urbanism - View PDF
    Nathan R. Norris, Principal, PlaceMakers LLC
  • Pattern Books and Production Builders
    - View PDFs

    Ray Gindroz, Chairman, Urban Design Associates, CNU Board Member
    Robert Adam, Principal, Robert Adam Architects
  • NEW URBANISM 101: Introduction to the Principles of New Urbanism
    John Torti, Torti Gallas and Partners
  • NEW URBANISM 202: Advanced Seminars with the Experts

    Sponsors & Partners


    Town Founders

    Master Builders





    Chicago Executive Committee

    Zachary Borders

    Doug Farr, Farr Associates, Architecture and Urban Design

    Jacky Grimshaw, Center for Neighborhood Technology

    Peter Skosey, Metropolitan Planning Council

    Chicago Local Host Committee

    Christina Anderson, Farr Associates, Architecture and Urban Design

    Alicia Mazur Berg, Columbia College

    Kim Bolton, Metropolitan Planning Council

    Andre Brumfield Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP

    Joyce Coffee, Farr Associates, Architecture and Urban Design

    Mary E. Eysenbach, The City Parks Forum

    Barbara Gordon, Chicago Architecture Foundation

    Chris Hall, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP

    Kevin Hardman, The Renaissance Companies

    Beth Hardy, Catalyst Consulting Group, Inc.

    Carolee Kokola, Farr Associates, Architecture and Urban Design

    Dennis McClendon, Chicago CartoGraphics

    Andrew J. Mooney, Local Initiatives Support Corporation

    Leslie Oberholtzer, Farr Associates, Architecture and Urban Design

    Lynn Osmond, Chicago Architecture Foundation

    Kevin Pierce, Farr Associates, Architecture and Urban Design

    Catherine Sanders, University of Illinois at Chicago, Urban Planning & Policy

    Mary Ann Smith, Chicago City Council

    Rebecca Stamey-White, Environmental Law and Policy Center

    Emily Talen, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

    Ronald L. Thomas, Northeastern Illinois Planning Commission

    Mahender Vasandani, Land Vision, Inc.

    David Watkins

    Jason Westrope

    Ruth Wuorenma, Neighborhood Capital Institute

    Carol Wyant, Pathfinder Consulting

    Margarite Wypychowski, Carolyn Grisko & Associates, Inc.

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