CNU XIII: The Polycentric City

Pasadena, Calif.
June 9-12, 2005

CNU XIII offered members the chance to focus on one of the major challenges and opportunities facing New Urbanism today -- the advent of the Polycentric City, complete with its multiple downtowns, edge cities, urbanized corridors, and new town centers. With Los Angeles experiencing a rediscovery of centers ranging from downtown to Pasadena and Culver City -- and questions about what to do with the vast tracts of undefined sprawl between them -- the program used four topic threads to explore the role of New Urbanism in shaping such regions. A transportation thread navigated between the limitations of automobile dependency and the difficulties and promise of expanding transportation alternatives in multi-centered metropolitan areas. An environment thread explored the value of incorporating green strategies in walkable, transit-friendly urban settings as responses to the problem of limited resources and degraded natural environments. A physical design thread emphasized the form of reurbanization, including suburban retrofits and town centers, form-based codes as a strategy for shaping infill development, creative use of building typologies, and the application of the Transect to polycentric regions. An implementation/policy thread explore New Urbanism's response to social and demographic trends including slow-growth cities, the burgeoning immigrant population, and a shortage of affordable housing. Some of CNU XIII many highlights included Jan Gehl on creating irresistible public spaces, Bill Hillier on the new science of space syntax, Elizabeth Macdonald, Peter Park and John Ellis on razing freeways and raising valuable neighborhoods, Ben Hamilton-Baillie on the benefits of introducing the idea of 'shared space' to street design, and John Norquist, Ray Gindroz, Dan Solomon, and Howard Husock on devising housing affordability policies for the subsidy-lean future. View a PDF copy of the CNU XIII Program for a list of speakers and sessions at CNU XIII Pasadena.


The Polycentric City

June 9 - 12, 2005

Pasadena , California


Program | Sponsors/Partners | Committee Members



Program & Schedule

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New Urbanism 101 - View

Joe DiStefano, Associate, Calthorpe & Associates


Opening Session - View

Stefanos Polyzoides, Principal, Moule and Polyzoides, Architects and

Antonio Villaraigosa , Mayor, City of Los Angeles, California

Hank Dittmar, CNU Chair

HRH The Prince of Wales



Reviving Boulevards and
Avenues as Major Thoroughfares -View PDF

Jim Daisa, Senior Project Manager, Kimley-Horn and Associates, Inc.

Re-Centering Communities
Around Transit-Orientated Development - View PDFs

Stefanos Polyzoides, Principal, Moule & Polyzoides Architects and

Donald Shoup, University of California at Los


Razing Freeways, Raising
- View PDFs
Peter Park, Development Manager, Community Planning and Development,

Elizabeth Macdonald, Professor, University of California, Berkeley

European Regionalism
- View PDF

Peter Hetherington, Regional Affairs Editor, The Guardian

Tradition and Preservation

Mark Hewitt, Principal, Mark Hewitt Architects

Putting Out the Fires
on Street Design - View PDF

Peter Swift, Principal, Swift and Associates

Shared Space-Reconciling
People, Places and Traffic - View PDF

Ben Hamilton-Baillie, Traffic Engineer, Hamilton-Baillie Associates

Housing Typologies and the Reurbanization of the Polycentric
City - View PDF

Stefanos Polyoides, Principal, Moule & Polyzoides Architects and



Urbanism's Human Dimension: Looking After the Life of Public Spaces - View PDF

Jan Gehl, Principal, Gehl Architects


CNU is grateful for the support of the following CNU XIII sponsors:

Welcoming Host

California and Southern California Building
Industry Association

Major Event Sponsors

Lloyd Properties

Rossi Enterprises

Founding Urbanists

Anderson Pacific, LLC

Palmer Investments

Town Builders

V2V Acquisitions and Development Company

Boyd Willat - 7 Fountains

Cornish Associates, L.P.

Duany Plater-Zyberk & Company

Forest City Development

John Laing Homes

Moule & Polyzoides Architects and

Reconnecting America

Master Builders

BA Studios

Capri Capital Advisors, LLC

National Association of Realtors

Southern California Association of Governments

Studio One Eleven at Perkowitz + Ruth

Vista Del Arroyo Partners / ING Realty

Walter N. Marks, Inc.

Westwood Communities Corp


Arx Solutions Inc.

Ayers Saint Gross

Economics Research Associates

Freedman Tung and Bottomley

Florida Atlantic University, Center for
Urban and & Environmental Solutions

Gibson Dunn & Crutcher, LLP

HDR/LCA + Sargent Town Planning


Jensen Design & Survey

Leyland Alliance, LLC

Looney Ricks Kiss Architects

Monrovia Growers

New Urban News

Opticos Design, Inc.

WRT/Solomon E.T.C.


Cooper Carry, Inc.

CPS Landscape Architecture

Crawford Multari & Clark

Georgino Development

HB3 Urban Design

Hall Planning & Engineering, Inc.

Mainstreet Architects + Planners, Inc.

Phoenix Realty Group

Prairie Crossing

RBF Consulting

The Retrovest Companies

Jim Suhr

University of Notre Dame

In-Kind Donors

Catellus Development Corporation

Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority


Special Thanks to MIG for
hosting the CNU XIII website


AIA San Francisco

America Walks

American Institute of Architects

Building Industry Association of Southern

California Department of Housing and
Community Development

California Building Industry Association

California Department of Transportation

California Downtown Association


Center for Civic Partnerships

Center for Neighborhood Technology

Central City Association

Friends of the L.A. River

Funders' Network for Smart Growth

Global Green USA

Harborfront Community Coalition

Heal the Bay

International Network for Traditional
Building, Architecture & Urbanism

Latino Urban Forum

League of California Cities

Local Government Commission

Los Angeles Conservancy

Los Angeles Neighborhood Initiative

Los Angeles Walks

Metropolitan Transportation Authority

National Association of Realtors

Natural Resources Defense Council

New Schools Better Neighborhoods

Pasadena Heritage


Reconnecting America

Resources Agency

Revitalization Institute

Smart Growth America

Southern California Association of Governments


Transportation and Land Use Collaborative
of Southern California


Westside Urban Forum

Woodbury University -- School of Architecture
and Design




John O. Norquist


Hank Dittmar, Chair

Jacky Grimshaw, Vice-chair

Stephanie Bothwell, Treasurer


Jim Anderson, Anderson Pacific, LLP

Vinayak Bharne, Moule & Polyzoides

Howard Blackson, HB3 Urban Design

Art Cueto, LandTrans

John Dutton, Nicholas Budd Dutton Architects

William Lieberman, Transit Planning & Design

Alan Loomis, Moule & Polyzoides

Elizabeth Moule, Moule & Polyzoides

Jean-Maurice Moulene, Moule & Polyzoides

Gloria Ohland, Reconnecting America

Katherine Perez, Transportation and Land Use Collaborative

Stefanos Polyzoides, Moule & Polyzoides

Helen Rahder, City of Whittier

Marsha Rood, Urban Reinventions

Jack Skelley, Roddan, Paolucci, Roddan

Mott Smith, Civic Enterprises Associates

Curt Stiles, CPS Landscape Architecture + Urban Design + Town Planning

Bill Trimble, City of Pasadena

Michael Woo, USC School of Policy, Planning, and Development


David Abel

John Andrews

Frank Artura

John Baucke

Maurie Biltz

Greg Brown

Richard Bruckner

Mark Buckland

Diego Cardoso

Barbara Casey

John Chase

Tim Clark

Rick Cole

Paul Crawford

Jonathan Curtis

Vaughan Davies

Nicholas Deitch

Michael Dieden

Dao Doan

Amy Forbes

Gay Forbes

Doug Gardner

John Given

Hassan Hagani

Veronica Hahni

Cyrus Hekmat

Channing Henry

Lynn Jacobs

Barbara Kaiser

Susan Kamei

Sandra Kulli
Jeff Lee

Ryan Lehman

Jane Lindsey-Wingfield

Andy Lipkis

Doss Mabe

Javier Mariscal

Wally Marks

Kenneth McCormick

Mitchell Menzer

Sue Mossman

Deborah Murphy

Nick Patsaouras

Joyce Perkins

Mark Pisano

Steve Preston

Joel Reynolds

James Rojas

Jun Sakumoto

Savid Sargent

Larry Segal

Randy Shortridge

Roger Snoble

Laura Stetson

Doug Storer

Doug Suisman

Martha Welborne

Kathryn Welch-Howe

Walker Wells

Jennifer Wolch

Al Zelinka


CNUXIII Program Book143.84 KB
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