CNU November 2007 e-Update

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CNU November e-Update

  1. Submit Your Best Work for CNU's 2008 Charter Awards
  2. Celebrating David Lewis' Lifetime of Urbanism
  3. CNU Chapters Continue to Grow with Addition of Carolinas Chapter
  4. Call for New Urbanist Academic Papers: Deadline November 30
  5. What's New @ CNU.org
  6. Driehaus Form-Based Codes Award Call for Submissions
  7. Save the Date -- Third Australian New Urbanism Congress: Brisbane, February 6-9, 2008
  8. Movement for Israeli Urbanism K-8 Intl. Charrette Dec. 2-6
  9. Save the Date -- New Partners for Smart Growth, Feb. 7-9, 2008 in Washington, DC
  10. Land Development West Coming to San Diego December 4-5, 2007
  11. Upcoming Courses from the Form-Based Codes Institute
  12. Upcoming Seminars and Workshops from the Seaside Institute
  13. Save the Date: 2008 Training Opportunities from the National Charrette Institute

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1. Submit Your Best Work for CNU's 2008 Charter Awards

Urbanism's premier award recognizes design and development achievements that fufill the principles of the CNU Charter

Oct. 18, 2007 -- Now in its eighth year, CNU’s Charter Awards program has honored more than 125 projects, a body of work chosen by a distinguished group of jurors for best exemplifying and advancing the Charter of the New Urbanism.

CNU continues that tradition in 2008, inviting submissions of work at all scales of the Charter for consideration.

Professional submissions must be mailed to CNU by December 12 of this year.

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2. Celebrating David Lewis' Lifetime of Urbanism

Pioneer educator and practitioner receives Athena Medal for emphasizing architecture's role in "perpetual rebirth of cities"

The Congress for the New Urbanism is pleased to announce David Lewis as the latest recipient of the Athena medal for lifetime achievement in urbanism. The medal, whose recipients are chosen by CNU’s board of directors, was presented to Lewis by CNU President and CEO John Norquist in a ceremony in Pittsburgh this evening.

David Lewis, the pioneering educator and founder of the firm Urban Design Associates, came to Pittsburgh from England in 1963 to establish one of the first urban design graduate programs in the country at Carnegie Mellon University, where he is now emeritus distinguished professor. At a time when it was fashionable to focus on the iconic value of individual buildings, Lewis saw a larger purpose for architecture in creating “components in the perpetual rebirth of cities.” Lewis founded Urban Design Associates in Pittsburgh 1964 in order to develop these ideas in practice and to seek out and refine ways of engaging citizens in the design process.

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3. CNU Chapters Continue to Grow with Addition of Carolinas Chapter

CNU is excited to announce its sixth chapter, CNU Carolinas, immediately following the announcement of CNU North Texas last month. The chapter will promote New Urbanism and address local issues in North and South Carolina.

CNU members may join the Carolinas Chapter online at www.cnu.org/join. For more information, email carolinas@cnu.org.

Learn more about other CNU Chapters at www.cnu.org/chapters.

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4. Call for New Urbanist Academic Papers: Deadline November 30

CNU is accepting academic paper submissions for presentation at CNU XVI in Austin, Texas, to be held April 3-6, 2008. Accepted papers and abstracts will also be published on the CNU website and in a special issue of the Journal of Urbanism. Submissions are welcome on a range of issues and disciplines related to New Urbanism. Selection will be based on the paper's contribution to critical discussion and practice of New Urbanism and for synergies within sessions. All papers should be submitted by Friday, November 30, 2007. Visit http://cnu.org/node/130 for complete submission details.

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5. What's New @ CNU.org

Here's a sample of what's new at CNU.org:

London Transportation Summit Presentations @ http://cnu.org/presentations
CNU has begun posting presentations from the 2007 Transportation Summit in our online presentation archive.

CNU Salons -- London Transportation Summit Notes @ http://cnu.org/node/1628
Notes from a CNU member attending the Summit.

Charlotte residents in awe of new light rail line -- @ http://cnu.org/node/1633
Charlotte's Lynx Blue Line opened on Saturday, November 24, as thousands gathered to ride the city's new light rail line.

If you haven't experienced the new CNU.org yet, it's time for you to see what you're missing. We've rebuilt CNU.org to create a more enriching experience for CNU members. Please take a moment to log into the new site and learn about the new features it has to offer. All usernames have been reset with the launch of the new site, so please read our Login Instructions to get started.

Visit http://cnu.org/features to learn more about the website.

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6. Driehaus Form-Based Codes Award Call for Submissions

Winners to Be Announced at CNU XVI

The Board of Directors of the Form-Based Codes Institute (FBCI) takes pleasure in announcing its second annual award for achievement in the writing and implementation of Form-Based Codes. Form-Based Codes are defined as a method of regulating development to achieve a specific urban form. They create a predictable public realm primarily by controlling physical form and secondarily by land use. Entries should foster built results consistent with a master plan and/or advance the field of Form-Based Code writing. Submitted codes must have been adopted into law by a unit of local government.

Award winners will be announced April 5, 2008 at CNU XVI in Austin, Texas. Winners may be invited to participate in a discussion of their codes at this session of the Congress. Additionally, winning entries will be featured on the Form-Based Codes Institute website.

Submissions must be received by FBCI no later than Friday, February 1, 2008.

For more information, visit the Form-Based Codes Institute website.

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7. Save the Date -- Third Australian New Urbanism Congress: Brisbane, February 6-9, 2008

The Australian Council for New Urbanism (ACNU) is holding its third Congress in sub-tropical Brisbane, February 6-9, 2008. Keynote speakers will include Victor Dover and Shelley Poticha from the US and Paul Murrain from the UK, in addition to leading Australian new urbanist practitioners, including Evan Jones, Chip Kaufman, Wendy Morris, Peter Richards, and Clive Alcock. The Congress will showcase the current status of New Urbanism in Australia, and will debate some key challenges facing New Urbanism down under, including sustainable regional structuring, university integration and transit-planning, achieving viable neighborhood centers, and delivering mixed-use main-street-based town centers.

The program includes tours to projects in South East Queensland, covering both urban regeneration and new communities. The Congress will be held at the Kelvin Grove Urban Village, a new integrated university village, located near one of Brisbane's new showcase busways. This location provides a great opportunity for delegates to experience first-hand this innovative, Government-facilitated mixed use centre combining education, residential, retail, health, and business into a vibrant new precinct.

The three-day congress will be preceded by a three-day Master Class Design Workshop, focused on a challenging but strategic site in western Brisbane, led by Australian and overseas design experts; and by a Charrette Training Course, run by Bill Lennertz from NCI, in conjunction with Australian charrette experts.

Further information can be obtained from www.acnu.org. Information on Kelvin Grove Urban Village can be found at www.kguv.com.au.

ACNU especially welcomes attendees from beyond Australia, and suggests that a visit to Brisbane be combined with some time in Sydney, Melbourne, and Perth, armed with a copy of the book: Australian New Urbanism: A Guide to Projects, 2nd Ed 2006. (Details available at www.acnu.org.)

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8. Movement for Israeli Urbanism K-8 Intl. Charrette, Dec. 2-6

Join the Movement for Israeli Urbanism (MIU) in a fascinating journey that will lead to rebuilding the northern border town into a more human and prosperous place.

The second Lebanon war occurred one year ago and found Kiryat Shmona (K-8) -- the northern town in Israel -- once again in the center of an ongoing battle. This situation is very familiar to the residents -- moving to the bomb shelters for few days and nights and departing the city a few days later in search of security.

MIU volunteered to assist the town, and during a tour with the town engineer just after the war they posed the following questions:
-- What will bring back the local families this time and the next time?
-- What will make citizens want to continue living in a distant and unpredictable place?

MIU believes that local prosperity and high quality of urban life are two of the foremost factors that generate a sense of local pride and belonging, and contribute to forming a sustainable continuity and motivation to return. MIU would like to offer a course of development and rehabilitation, which will build local pride and trust by a public participation planning process involving the residents and stakeholders in Kiryat Shmona -- a charrette.

It will be the first full 5-day charrette in Israel. MIU needs your experience with the success of the charrette to give the Israeli participants (professionals and public) confidence that the process works. Take part in changing urban planning in Israel. Kiryat Shmona needs New Urbanism.

For more information, visit http://www.miu.org.il/MIU_v4/docs_activities/MIU_Projects/K8_Int_Charrette.html.

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9. Save the Date -- New Partners for Smart Growth, Feb. 7-9, 2008 in Washington, DC

Conference registration is now open for the 7th Annual New Partners for Smart Growth: Building Safe, Healthy and Livable Communities Conference, February 7-9, 2008 in Washington, DC.

For the 2008 edition of the New Partners Conference, smart growth will come to the nation’s capital. The ideal spot for this year’s event, participants will find in Washington, DC, a unique blend of cultural vibrancy, economic growth and historic landmarks. For professionals from all walks of life, the region also reveals the future, a pace-setting laboratory of innovative smart-growth practices -- from successful transit solutions to creative housing strategies to clean air and water benchmarks.

The conference will draw a multidisciplinary audience committed to building safer, healthier, and more livable communities everywhere. For more information, visit http://www.newpartners.org.

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10. Land Development West Coming to San Diego December 4-5, 2007

The Land Development West Conference & Expo is a national two-day event bringing together professionals responsible for land and community development to explore ways to better accommodate growth while ensuring healthy, attractive communities in which to live and work.

CNU President John Norquist Slated to Speak
To view a complete list of sessions visit www.LDWest.com.

Special Discount Available for CNU Members
Register now and save $200 off the regular registration price! That's only $595 for CNU Members!

Visit www.LDWest.com and use discount code: CNU to receive your discount.

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11. Upcoming Courses from the Form-Based Codes Institute

Visit the Form-Based Codes Institute website for more information and a full list of events.

Form-Based Codes 301: Completing, Adopting and Administering the Code
Save the Date: January 25-26, 2008
Arizona State University, Phoenix, AZ
Participants must have completed FBC 101: Form-Based Codes - An Introductory Course to enroll.

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12. Upcoming Seminars and Workshops from the Seaside Institute

Visit the Seaside Institute website for more information and a full list of events. Current CNU members receive a 10% discount on workshop registrations with their membership card.

Building and Rebuilding Traditional Neighborhoods
December 13-14, 2007
New Orleans, LA

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13. Save the Date: Complete National Charrette Institute Training Schedule for 2008

Visit the National Charrette Institute (NCI) website for details on trainings. Current CNU members receive a 10% discount on NCI registration fees for public trainings held in Portland.

Celebration, FL · January 16-18
NCI Charrette Planner® certificate trainings
In conjunction with the University of Miami
To register, visit: http://www.arc.miami.edu/knight/Courses/charrette%202006/charrette%202008/charretter08.html
This training will be NCI's only East Coast offering for 2008.

Brisbane, Australia · February 4-6
NCI Charrette Planner® certificate trainings
Prelude to the National Congress of the Australian Council for New Urbanism
For more information, visit: http://acnu.org/display/ncitc.html

Portland, OR · March 10-14
NCI Charrette Planner® certificate trainings
NCI Complete Charrette Manager™ certificate trainings
To register, visit: http://www.charretteinstitute.org/programs/reg_current/pdx_reg_march08.html

Austin, TX · April 2
"Introduction to NCI Dynamic Planning" half-day module
In conjuction with CNU XVI
For more information and to register, visit: http://charretteinstitute.org/programs/reg_current/pdx_reg_cnu08.html

Chicago, IL · May 7-9
NCI certificate trainings

Portland, OR · May 19-21
NCI Public Meeting Facilitator™ certificate trainings

Portland, OR · July 14-18
NCI Charrette Planner® certificate trainings
NCI Complete Charrette Manager™ certificate trainings

Portland, OR · September 10-12
NCI Public Meeting Facilitator™ certificate trainings

Portland, OR · October 13-17
NCI Charrette Planner® certificate trainings
NCI Complete Charrette Manager™ certificate trainings

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