CNU December 2007 e-Update
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1. Top Traditional Architecture Prize Goes to Duany and Plater-Zyberk
CNU Co-founders Awarded 2008 Richard H. Driehaus Prize
CNU co-founders Andres Duany and Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk have been named the 2008 recipients of one of the most distinguished awards in the field of architecture, the Richard H. Driehaus Prize. Duany and Plater-Zyberk are founding principals of Duany Plater-Zyberk & Co. and longtime faculty at the University of Miami, where Plater-Zyberk is Dean of the School of Architecture.
2. Last Call for Academic Charter Awards Submissions, Professional Deadline Passed
Urbanism's premier award recognizes design and development achievements that fufill the principles of the CNU Charter
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.
The deadline for professional submissions is now passed. To accommodate academic schedules, academic entries may be mailed later, as long as they reach CNU’s offices by January 2.
3. Green Council Clarifies New Urbanism's Essential Role in Planet's Future
About 125 CNU members and other international urbanists met in Alexandria, Va., and Washington, D.C., on Nov. 30 - Dec. 2 at a Green Council designed to flesh out the many "convenient solutions" that New Urbanism and traditional building have "to the inconvenient truth of global warming" and other environmental challenges. CNU.org has a web page -- www.cnu.org/greencouncil2007 -- where you can view an archive of slide shows from the council. Presentations include Doug Farr on his newly released book and its call for New Urbanism incorporating green buildings and smart infrastructure, Jaime Correa on urban design algorithms and Noah's Ark as a metaphysical agenda for sustainability, Ellen Dunham-Jones and Doug Kelbaugh on what the schools can do, Hank Dittmar on challenges ahead, Harriet Tregoning on recent research that shows how compact urbanism slows global warming, and others.
Attendees endorsed in principle a set of sustainability canons created by CNU co-founders Elizabeth Moule and Stefanos Polyzoides and Prince's Foundation chief executive Hank Dittmar, which will now be edited by the authors. Expect to hear more about the canons, along with another idea endorsed by attendees: amending or supplementing the Charter of the New Urbanism to clarify New Urbanism's relationship to global sustainability.
4. What's New @ CNU.org
Here's a sample of what's new at CNU.org:
Jobs/RFPs -- UIC Seeks Dean, College of Urban Planning and Public
CNU Salons -- As deadlines loom, the fight for Buffalo's waterfront
CNU Salons -- The Bulldozer Wins
CNU Salons -- "Is Phoenix too far gone"
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5. CNT and STPP Workshop: Transportation & Land Use for Walkable Communities, Jan. 30-31, 2008 in Orlando, Fla.
STPP and CNT are hosting a workshop to help participants identify and create an integrated land use and transportation vision for their community that includes mobility choices for everyone. The workshop is directed at advocates, local officials and planning professionals.
The workshop will feature leading transportation and development experts and local officials as speakers and panelists as well as a variety of interactive exercises and field trips designed to give participants a better understanding of the land use – transportation relationship and how you can get your community moving in the right direction.
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.
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 U.S. and Paul Murrain from the U.K., 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.
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.)
Partners for Smart Growth, Feb.
7-9, 2008 in Washington, D.C.;
The 7th Annual New Partners for Smart Growth: Building Safe, Healthy and Livable Communities Conference will be held February 7-9, 2008 in Washington, D.C.
Visit http://www.newpartners.org for detailed information on the conference program, tours of model projects, special workshops, invited speakers, and to register now. The registration deadline is January 25th, and the last day to make your room reservations at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel is January 14th.
In connection with the New Partners Conference, an Advocacy Day on Capitol Hill is being organized on Wednesday, February 6, 2008.
Join smart growth advocates from around the country on Capitol Hill! Advocacy Day is a great way to take full advantage of this year's conference location in our nation's capital. Advocates will visit with their representatives to talk about key smart growth issues facing the 110th Congress. It's your chance to support a smart growth agenda in Congress.
Participation couldn't be easier and it's free. Your congressional meetings will be conducted with other advocates from your state and district. All the scheduling details will be handled for you based on your registration. Plus, you'll receive free issue briefing and advance legislative advocacy training. We also provide all the materials you need to leave behind with your elected representatives.
Make your voice heard. Join your fellow smart growth advocates on Capitol
Hill. Get more information and register to participate by January 25, 2008
9. 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
10. 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.
Houses for Great Neighborhoods
11. 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
Brisbane, Australia · February 4-6
Portland, OR · March 10-14
Austin, TX · April 2
Portland, OR · May 19-21
Portland, OR · July 14-18
Portland, OR · September 10-12
Congress for the New Urbanism