CNU March 2008 e-Update

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CNU e-Update
March 2008

  1. John Norquist on Robert Caro and Gigantism's Threat to Urbanism
  2. Follow CNU XVI as It Happens at the Congress Blog
  3. Help Promote New Urbanism Through Facebook!
  4. What's New @ CNU.org
  5. Second Annual Driehaus Form-Based Codes Award Winners
  6. Active Living Research Call for Proposals
  7. New USGBC LEED Committee Positions Open Soon – Help Bring the New Urbanist Perspective to Green Building
  8. Call for Papers for New International Journal of Neighbourhood Renewal
  9. SmartCode Workshop Coming to Denver May 29-31
  10. Upcoming Courses from the Form-Based Codes Institute
  11. National Charrette Institute's Upcoming Trainings

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1. John Norquist on Robert Caro and Gigantism's Threat to Urbanism

In 1974, I ran for the Wisconsin House of Representatives at the age of 25. I won. My victory over an incumbent was fueled in part by opponents of a proposed freeway in Milwaukee, the Stadium South. They objected to it cutting through hundreds of homes and beautiful Jackson Park designed by Frederick Law Olmstead's stepson.

After the election, I visited the Capitol in Madison. A veteran legislative leader who shared my aversion to urban freeways handed me a copy of Robert Caro's book the Power Broker: Robert Moses and the Fall of New York and said "read this." I was riveted and read it in two days. It confirmed my still-forming view that grade separated highways degrade the value of cities. Caro, like Jane Jacobs before him, understood that highways channel and speed traffic, but can have negative consequences on cities and the people who live in cities.

With the help of other legislators and Governor Patrick Lucey, the Stadium South was stopped; so were two other freeways, and five years ago Milwaukee joined the growing list of cities that have actually removed a freeway. The Park East Freeway is gone and replaced with McKinley Boulevard, a four-lane surface street connected to downtown Milwaukee's rich street grid. Perhaps none of this would have happened without the inspiration of Caro's book.

Others in similar fights in San Francisco, Seattle, and Buffalo have drawn on Caro's book for encouragement. On Friday evening, April 4, Caro will address CNU in Austin. He'll talk about the threat of Gigantism to Urbanism; not just freeways, but self-referential giant slab architecture promoted by star architects and the sometimes brutal insertion of convention centers and stadia into the fine grain fabric of cities. He'll say a bit about Austin having experienced it over the 30 years he's spent on his biographical series about Lyndon Johnson.

This theme, Gigantism's Threat to Urbanism, will be carried through a number of sessions, including Correcting the Moses Freeways with UM Professor Robert Fishman. Fishman will review Moses' impact on the proliferation of limited-access roads throughout the U.S. and will look ahead to correcting these roads and building cities with complexity.

My wife, Susan Mudd, and I had dinner with Caro and his wife about a month ago on the west side of Manhattan. Caro looks forward to his speech to CNU. He knows that he will be among friends and admirers who realize he wrote one of America's most profound and pro-urban books.

John Norquist
CNU President and CEO

P.S. If you cannot attend CNU XVI, watch for recordings of Caro and other speakers following the Congress.

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2. Follow CNU XVI as It Happens at the Congress Blog

Regardless of whether you're attending CNU XVI or not, you can follow along by checking the live Congress Blog next week for coverage of the many exciting events and seminars. You can also find daily recaps at CNUXVI.org. CNU will have a crew of dedicated bloggers on-site, and members are also encouraged to add their own observations and notes.

To post your own commentary to the Congress Blog, log in to CNU.org, go to the CNU Salons, and post a new Salon conversation in the Congress category. Logging in also allows you to join in on conversations by commenting on other posts. Click here for help logging in. Don't forget to upload your photos!

Following the Congress, CNU will post an archive of multimedia recordings and presentations from various sessions.

It's not to late to register for CNU XVI! Online registration ends today at 5 p.m. EDT. And those of you who live closer to Austin can register onsite. Click here for onsite registration hours and online registration.

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3. 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.

Visit CNU on Facebook.

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4. What's New @ CNU.org

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

CNU Salons -- DPZ Receives Green Award from USGBC Charlotte Chapter and Charlotte Business Journal
@ http://www.cnu.org/node/1935
The Charlotte Business Journal and the Charlotte Chapter of the US Green Building Council want to recognize those who are going green. [read more...]

In the News -- Big Dig's Big Bad Example
@ http://www.cnu.org/node/1918
Noah Bierman, in the Boston Globe piece, 'No Big Dig Copycats' notes that the $15 billion dollar tunnel has led cities around the nation to look for lower cost, less disruptive solutions. [read more...]

CNU Salons -- Is there hope for good urban Aldi stores?
@ http://www.cnu.org/node/1892

Both Aldi and Trader Joe's make the most of their square footage, creating worthwhile shopping experiences at around 15,000-18,000 square feet -- quite a contrast with street-killing, 200,000 square foot Wal-Mart superstores. [read more...]

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.

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5. Second Annual Driehaus Form-Based Codes Award Winners

The Board of Directors of the Form-Based Codes Institute (FBCI) is pleased to announce the winners of the second annual award for achievement in the writing and implementation of Form-Based Codes, sponsored by the FBCI with the generous support of the Richard H. Driehaus Charitable Lead Trust:

Downtown Mixed Use Master Plan

Benicia, California

Adopted: September 4, 2007

Download full code (6.6 MB pdf)

Near Southside Development Standards and Guidelines

Fort Worth, Texas

Adopted: November 6, 2007

Download full code (6.7 MB pdf)

Midtown Corridors Development Code

Ventura, California

Adopted: December 17, 2007
Download full code (26.9 MB pdf)

CNU XVI registrants are invited to attend the awards session in Austin on Saturday, April 5, from 9:45 AM – 12:30 PM in Room 9 of the Austin Convention Center.
Code award winners and the awards jury members will discuss each of the winning codes in depth and invite questions and comments from all who attend the session. The 2008 Driehaus Form-Based Codes Award Jury members are Richard Bernhardt, FACIP, Jury Chair and Executive Director of Metropolitan Nashville-Davidson County Planning Department; Mary Madden, AICP and Partner, Ferrell Madden Lewis Associates; Wendy Morris, MPIA, VPELA Fellow, and Director, Urban Design and Planning, Ecologically Sustainable Design Pty Ltd. in Melbourne, Australia; and Scott Polikov, AICP, Gateway Planning Group, Inc.

This session will be a great opportunity to explore best practices in Form-Based Coding! Visit the FBCI website for more information about FBCs: www.formbasedcodes.org

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6. Active Living Research Call for Proposals

Active Living Research is pleased to announce the release of its Call for Proposals (CFP) – Round 8.  This call for proposals is the first to reflect a new emphasis for Active Living Research, which will focus on supporting research to inform policy and environmental strategies for increasing physical activity among children and adolescents, decreasing their sedentary behaviors and preventing obesity.

All proposals must be submitted through The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) Grantmaking Online system.  The full proposal submission deadline is Wednesday, May 14, 2008, 1:00 p.m. PDT.  Please visit the Web site http://www.activelivingresearch.org/grantsearch/grantopportunities for more information and to link to the RWJF Grantmaking Online system.  If you have any questions about the proposal submission process, please contact Amanda Wilson, Research Coordinator, at awilson@projects.sdsu.edu or 619-260-5538.

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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.

USGBC will soon be seeking core committee members for the Technical, Certification, and Market Sector core committees. Any USGBC member interested in applying to serve on one of these committees must join the respective corresponding committee first to be eligible for nomination. Join a Corresponding Committee Today.

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8. 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.

The first edition of the Journal will be published in September 2008 and a call for papers is now being made. If you wish to submit a paper for inclusion in the Journal please visit the website www.ijnr.co.uk, visit the "Call for Papers" section and complete a synopsis form.

Subscriptions are also now being taken for the Journal, and the range of subscription options are available on the website at www.ijnr.co.uk.

Articles that are published in the Journal will be reviewed by a high quality support team that is made up of representatives from across the world.

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9. 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.

View a self-guided tour of Colorado TNDs.

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10. 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
(This is a prerequisite for the other courses.)
July 15-17, 2008, Ventura, CA
September 26-27, 2008, Arizona State University, Phoenix, AZ
November 20-21, 2008, Oak Park, IL

FBC 201: Preparing a Form-Based Code – Design Considerations
June 12-13, 2008, Fort Worth, TX

FBC 301: Completing, Adopting and Administering the Code
January/February 2009, Phoenix, AZ (tentative)

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11. National Charrette Institute's Upcoming Trainings

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.

Austin, TX · April 2
"Introduction to NCI Dynamic Planning"
In conjuction with CNU XVI (conference registration not required)
For more information and to register, visit: http://charretteinstitute.org/programs/reg_current/pdx_reg_cnu08.html

Asheville, NC · April 16 - 18
"Introduction to NCI Dynamic Planning" and "Continuing NCI Dynamic Planning"
NCI Charrette Planner® Certificate
"Continuing NCI Dynamic Planning" has also been approved for 10 continuing education hours by the North Carolina Board of Landscape Architects.
For more information and to register, visit: http://www.charretteinstitute.org/programs/reg_current/asheville_reg_april08.html

Portland, OR · May 19 - 21
"Introduction to NCI Dynamic Planning" and "NCI Public Meeting Facilitation"
NCI Public Meeting Facilitator™ Certificate
For more information and to register, visit: http://www.charretteinstitute.org/programs/reg_current/pdx_reg_FAC08.html

Portland, OR · July 14 -18
"Introduction to NCI Dynamic Planning," "Continuing NCI Dynamic Planning" and "NCI Charrette Management"
NCI Charrette Planner® Certificate
NCI Complete Charrette Manager™ Certificate
For more information and to register, visit: http://www.charretteinstitute.org/programs/reg_current/pdx_reg_july08.html

Harvard University Graduate School of Design · August 4 - 6
Executive Education Summer Program
NCI Charrette Planner® Certificate
For more information and to register, visit:
http://www.gsd.harvard.edu/cgi-bin/exec_ed/details.cgi?offering_id=101397

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