CNU February 2008 e-Update
1. Announcing the Recipients of the 2008 Charter Awards
Jury Selects 15 Projects that Set the Standard for Today's Urbanism
The Congress for the New Urbanism announces the recipients of its 2008 Charter Awards, the annual prize honoring the best of the New Urbanism. The 14 winning professional submissions and one student/faculty submission were chosen by a seven-member jury of leading urbanists last month, with Andrés Duany serving as chair. In fulfilling and advancing the principles of the Charter of the New Urbanism, the projects reveal the power of well-executed urbanism to strengthen communities, achieve broader sustainability and create places worthy of respect and admiration.
The awarded projects are found in the U.S. and four other countries: the Bahamas, India, Saudi Arabia, and Scotland. Among U.S. regions, the Southeast again had a strong showing, followed by the Midwest. All but one of the awarded neighborhood- and block-scale projects in the U.S. are built or under construction, and none are on true greenfield sites. Several projects directly address quality affordable housing design, including one HOPE VI development from Chicago and a national pattern book for affordable houses. Several projects bring well-executed, innovative housing types to unexpected locations, like small Southern cities.
Duany and other jurors said winning projects demonstrated excellence, often in the face of difficult contexts or other challenges requiring ingenuity to overcome. The awards will be presented on April 5, 2008, in conjunction with CNU XVI in Austin. See images and descriptions of all awardees.
2. CNU XVI Early Registration Ends March 5 -- Register Now!
The March 5 early registration deadline for CNU XVI is quickly approaching. Register and make your travel plans now to save on registration and hotels. The full program schedule is available online to help you plan your trip. CNU XVI takes place April 3-6 in Austin, Texas. Don't miss this exciting exchange of ideas to learn about hot topics in New Urbanism ranging from creating value in a challenging market to the role of urbanism in global warming.
3. Top Teardown Survey
Contribute to CNU's list of top highway-to-boulevard opportunities
Is there an aging highway running near your downtown that disrupts the street grid and keeps property values down? Given the "success" of America's twentieth century highway-building era, your city probably has one of these roads. Often along waterfronts, the highways cut huge swaths across our cities, decimating neighborhoods and reducing quality of life for city residents.
Cities all around the world are replacing urban highways with surface streets, saving billions of dollars on transportation infrastructure and revitalizing adjacent land with walkable, compact development. Learn more about our Highways-to-Boulevards Initiative and the current battles residents are taking on in Seattle and Buffalo.
Do you see potential for your city's highway to be replaced with a surface street and a connected street grid? Please fill out the Top Teardown Survey to tell us about the highway and the surrounding area.
The Congress for the New Urbanism and the Center for Neighborhood Technology are pulling together a national list of highways that are excellent candidates for the teardown model. With your input, this list will identify opportunities to offer less expensive, urban alternatives to the reconstruction of urban expressways.
Transportation models that support connected street grids, allow for more investment in transit, and revitalize urbanism will make reducing our greenhouse gas emissions that much more convenient -- particularly as the U.S. evaluates its federal transportation and climate policy.
4. Invitation to Participate in Visitability and Accessibility Lunch
The Visitability and Accessibility Initiative of CNU invites participants and presenters for the 2008 Accessibility Lunch (12:45-2 PM on Friday, April 4). Everyone who would like to share ideas, applications, and success stories regarding visitabiltiy is invited to attend.
Those who have graphics to present should email a 1-3 slide PowerPoint presentation to Shannon.Chance@HamptonU.edu one week prior (by Friday, March 28). Selected images will be posted to the CNU Image Bank as well.
5. Help Promote New Urbanism Through Facebook!
CNU has entered the world of Facebook as a way to reach out to a new audience through our network of members and as another tool for our members to connect with each other. We have posted a Congress for the New Urbanism page, as well as a New Urbanism cause, where visitors can donate to CNU through Facebook.
If you have a Facebook profile, please consider becoming a "fan" of CNU to help grow the movement through your network.
6. What's New @ CNU.org
Here's a sample of what's new at CNU.org:
CNU Salons -- HOPE VI reauthorization passes House
In the News -- "The Next Slum?" in Atlantic Monthly
CNU Salons -- Agree or Disagree with Prince on Tall
Towers in Old Cities?
CNU Salons -- New Urbanism and the other half of the city?
If you haven't experienced CNU.org yet, it's time for you to see what you're missing. Please take a moment to log into our site and learn about the features it has to offer. Please read our Login Instructions to get started.
Visit http://www.cnu.org/features to learn more about the website.
7. New USGBC LEED Committee Positions Open Soon – Help Bring the New Urbanist Perspective to Green Building
In 2008, the LEED
committees will be restructured to include three core committees
to oversee the certification process, market responsiveness, and technical
rigor of LEED. The Technical, Certification, and Market Sector committees will
work on harmonizing and aligning credits, maintaining the technical rigor of
LEED, ensuring an effective certification process, and monitoring the responsiveness
of LEED to the different markets within the building industry.
8. Smart Growth Leadership Institute Releases Toolkit to Help Communities Implement Smart Growth
The Smart Growth Leadership Institute (SGLI) has released a suite of tools to help communities identify and overcome barriers to smarter growth and more sustainable development. The Smart Growth Implementation Toolkit will help communities across the nation to encourage development that creates safer, healthier, more livable neighborhoods; helps to protect the environment and reduce energy consumption; expands housing options; helps households lower their expenses; and, maximizes returns from existing community investments.
The Toolkit is designed to help community leaders review and revise their land use policies, zoning and development codes, and project design standards. It includes step-by-step "audits" of policies and codes, as well as a scorecard for evaluating proposed development projects.
The toolkit and the individual tools are available as free downloads via http://www.smartgrowthtoolkit.net.
9. Call for Papers for New International Journal of Neighbourhood Renewal
On January 30, 2008, at the "Regeneration is 30" Conference
in Liverpool, U.K., a new journal focusing on the promotion of effective
Neighbourhood Renewal strategies was launched. The International
Journal of Neighbourhood Renewal is an exciting new journal that seeks
to publish articles and book reviews that focus on sharing good practice in
Neighbourhood Renewal and promoting good research and evaluation in the field.
10. Call for Entries: New Sustainable Cities Award -- Deadline: March 31
The Sustainable Cities Awards, sponsored by the Financial Times and the Urban Land Institute, acknowledge exceptional examples of sustainable land use models that exhibit significant new ideas and perspectives for future practice, rather than simply celebrating past achievements. The winning initiatives will demonstrate state-of-the-art contributions in advancing the market’s understanding and acceptance of the concept of sustainability in real estate. This may be reflected in economic and social as well as environmental sustainability. Nominations should be able to demonstrate financial viability as well as replicability and a capacity to inspire others. The Awards will recognize real estate programs in corporate strategic programs, public agency initiatives, non-governmental organization programs and private development company initiatives.
The announcement of up to seven winners will be the closing highlight of the first-ever Sustainable Cities conference, which will be jointly hosted by the Financial Times and the Urban Land Institute in London on June 16, 2008.
Entering makes it more likely that new urbanist strategies in cities get recognized, as they should be!
Visit www.sustainablecitiesaward.org for details.
11. SmartCode Workshop Coming to Denver May 29-31
The SmartCode Workshop is coming to Denver May 29-31, 2008. This event is an opportunity to join planners, architects, developers, elected officials, professors, and students to learn how to implement practical solutions for quality livability using form-based and transect-based development codes.
Andrés Duany will lead the workshop, where the SmartCode will be studied with respect to principles, calibration, implementation, and administration. A synoptic survey walking tour will be followed by a hands-on calibration session in charrette format.
Speakers include Andrés Duany, John Norquist, Howard Blackson, Hazel Borys, Bill Dennis, Geoff Dyer, Chad Emerson, Doug Farr, Ken Groves, Rick Hall, Susan Henderson, Jennifer Hurley, Nathan Norris, Dan Slone, and Peter Swift.
A public lecture by Andrés Duany and John Norquist will occur on Thursday, May 29, 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. No registration is required for this evening lecture at the Adams Mark Denver.
More information for the full event available at www.smartcodecomplete.com/learn.
12. Upcoming Courses from the Form-Based Codes Institute
Visit the Form-Based Codes Institute website for more information and a full list of events.
FBC 101: Introduction to Form-Based Coding
FBC 201: Preparing a Form-Based Code – Design Considerations
13. 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
14. National Charrette Institute's New Blog and Upcoming Trainings
NCI invites you to inquire, share and learn about charrettes and NCI Dynamic Planning on their new blog, the National Charrette Institute Community Forum. The blog currently contains dozens of valuable tips, tools and techniques that were previously found in NCI’s monthly e-newsletters, now categorized and searchable.
Visit the National Charrette Institute (NCI) website for details on upcoming trainings. Current CNU members receive a 10% discount on NCI registration fees for public trainings held in Portland. Please note that all NCI trainings in the United States will qualify for AICP credit hours.
Portland, OR · March 10-14
Learn from the Leaders in Charrettes and Sustainable Urbanism
NCI Charrette Certificate Module One: Introduction to NCI Dynamic Planning
Take the first step toward your NCI certificate. Introduction to NCI Dynamic Planning is a stand-alone course that describes how a charrette works within the context of NCI Dynamic Planning. Learn all of the 45 tools involved in the three phases of charrette planning, management and follow-up and participate in a simulated charrette workshop exercise. Upon the completion of this course you will be eligible to complete your certificate by taking just one additional NCI module.
For more details and to register, please visit: http://www.charretteinstitute.org/programs.html
The Techniques and Metrics of Sustainable Urbanism
Sustainable urbanism, the integration of walkable, transit-served urbanism with high performance buildings and infrastructure, needs to become the preferred pattern of growth over the next generation. Using Doug Farr's newly published Sustainable Urbanism: Urban Design with Nature, participants will learn the techniques and metrics of this emerging area of practice.
For more details and to register, please visit: http://www.farrside.com/events
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