CNU May 2008 e-Update

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CNU e-Update
May 2008

  1. Call for Ideas Now Open for CNU 17: Experiencing the New Urbanism: The Convenient Remedy
  2. New Urbanists, Fire Officials Join in Quest for Narrow Streets and Effective Emergency Response
  3. CNU XVI Archive Now Live
  4. Examples of Accessibility at CNU.org
  5. What's New @ CNU.org
  6. Third International CEU Congress, Sept. 14-16 in Oslo
  7. Class: Designing Pedestrian Facilities for Accessibility
  8. SmartCode News
  9. Upcoming Courses from the Form-Based Codes Institute
  10. National Charrette Institute's Upcoming Trainings

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1. Call for Ideas Now Open for CNU 17: Experiencing the New Urbanism: The Convenient Remedy

CNU is looking for your input to make CNU 17 in Denver a success! In 2009, the Congress will focus on climate change, sustainability, and showing how New Urbanism is the convienient remedy to the inconvienient truth. We are looking for your ideas on session speakers, topics, and panels for CNU 17, June 10-13, 2009. We are especially looking for ideas on transportation, sustainability, myths and lessons of urbanism, implementation, urbanizing the horizontal city, and designing and investing in public infrastructure that creates value. Please submit session ideas and speakers by August 15 here: http://www.cnu.org/cnu17.

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2. New Urbanists, Fire Officials Join in Quest for Narrow Streets and Effective Emergency Response

After years of often finding themselves on opposite sides of disagreements about street design approvals, new urbanists and members of the fire service gathered in Austin just before the start of CNU XVI and discovered they have more in common than many first thought.

Twenty-five participants – fire marshals, civil and traffic engineers, planners, and researchers – discussed and debated the intricacies of urban street design and emergency response in a two-day workshop April 1-2. The workshop, "Smart Growth Streets and Emergency Response," was the first public step in a multi-year effort by CNU and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to reconcile the essential new urbanist need for narrow, pedestrian-friendly streets and the goal of emergency service providers for fast response times.

CNU has opened a new door to learn more: The Emergency Response & Street Design Initiative page at CNU’s website. The page contains an overview of the project, a summary of the workshop’s key findings, links to its presentations and links to other resources, and contact information.

[Read full story...]

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3. CNU XVI Archive Is Now Live

After sorting through the hours of cutting-edge presentations from CNU XVI in Austin, CNU has completed its online archive of the Congress, available now at http://www.cnu.org/cnuxvi. The archive features blog coverage from the Congress, as well as over 60 presentations, many including audio or video. While there is no substitute for attending a Congress, the archive serves as a valuable educational resource for anyone interested in learning more about New Urbanism.

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4. Examples of Accessibility at CNU.org

CNU's Image Bank features numerous Examples of Visitability & Accessibility from several building types -- including detached houses, rowhouses, and small multifamily buildings. We invite our members to add more by uploading photos or drawings to the Image Bank (log in for access to upload). Please tag your images with the word "accessible" to add them to our library of examples of accessibility. Find out more about the Visibility & Accessibility initiative at CNU.org.

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5. What's New @ CNU.org

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

CNU Salons -- New urbanist planners, SmartCode play key role in first deep-green "One-Planet" development in the U.S.
@ http://www.cnu.org/node/2140
...this project, the redevelopment of a 200-acre former Agilent facility in Sonoma County, CA into a 5000-resident mixed-use community, is incorporating New Urbanism into an even more encompassing commitment to sustainable community design. As Katherine Salant described in the Washington Post earlier this month, Sonoma Mountain Village is the first development in the United States that will seek official status as a One Planet community. [read more...]

CNU Salons -- Last Call for Livable Communities Award Applications
@ http://www.cnu.org/node/2011
The Livable Communities Awards, co-sponsored by AARP and the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), recognize builders, remodelers and developers who build homes and communities with features that improve everyday comfort, safety and personal independence. The deadline for applications is June 6, 2008. [read more...]

CNU Salons -- Beyond Great: The New Urbanism and Beyond, edited by Tigran Hass
@ http://www.cnu.org/node/2134
New Urbanism and Beyond, edited by Tigran Hass and published by Rizzoli is now out and appearing in stores. With an all-star list of contributors, it's certainly one of the most insightful and comprehensive examinations of the New Urbanism (and beyond) since the Charter book. [read more...]

In the News -- Opticos Design touted as purpose-driven "B corporation"
@ http://www.cnu.org/node/2133
There's a new group of firms that are so serious about their commitment to environmental sustainability and social benefits for an array of stakeholders, not just shareholders, that they're writing that commitment into their corporate by-laws. The San Francisco Chronicle reported on this trend last week and identified Opticos Design., founded by CNU-members Dan and Karen Parolek, as one of 24 original "B corporations" in the Bay Area. [read more...]

CNU Salons -- Norman Garrick releases new parking study
@ http://www.cnu.org/node/2131

CNU Board member and his student Wesley Marshall released a new study on the benefits of Street Parking for downtowns. [read more...]

CNU Salons -- OK City says OK to Freeway Teardown
@ http://www.cnu.org/node/2111

USA Today reports that the aging Crosstown Expressway in Oklahoma City will be demolished in 2012. The Crosstown Expressway is an elevated 4.5-mile stretch of Interstate 40. An old-fashioned boulevard and a mile-long park will be constructed in its place. [read more...]

CNU Salons -- Leon Krier talks sustainable architecture and urbanism with Jules Lubbock
@ http://www.cnu.org/node/2086

Leon Krier's new book "The Architectural Tuning of Settlements was published in May by The Prince's Foundation. On the day of its publication Krier spoke with Jules Lubbock for the UK's Building Design magazine. [read more...]

Donate Online -- CNU has revamped its online donation system to make it easier to donate to CNU and your local chapter online at http://www.cnu.org/donate.

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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6. Third International CEU Congress, Sept. 14-16 in Oslo

Following successful Congresses in Berlin 2005 and Leeds 2006, the Council for European Urbanism (CEU) will hold its third international congress in Oslo, Norway, Sept. 14-16, 2008.  Learn the latest from Europe and internationally on the rapidly-evolving topic of "Climate Change and Urban Design." What is the latest research from Europe and internationally? What are the policy consequences for urban development internationally? What are the new tools available to reduce climate gas emissions from urban settlements and transportation? What is in store for policy and practice?
  
The congress will welcome government officials, planners, architects, social scientists, ecologists, developers, local community activists, and all other development stakeholders from Europe and internationally, who feel a responsibility to contribute to more sustainable urban development.

Pre-registration for conference by June 1: €220 ($340).  After June 1: €250 ($390). Registration includes buffet lunches. Inquire about special discounts.

For more information, go to www.ceunet.org, or email Audun Engh, Conference Coordinator, audun.engh@gmail.com.

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7. Class: Designing Pedestrian Facilities for Accessibility, June 9-10 in Chicago

Accessibility for Public Rights-of-Way in Metropolitan Chicago, Ill.

Mon.-Tue., June 9-10, 2008 at CMAP, 233 S. Wacker Drive (Sears Tower)

Subject Matter: The class will go through public right-of-way accessibility practice so that design, construction, and operations in your community, as well as local ADA Transition Plans, can be appropriately updated.

Target Audience: local, state, federal, and consulting engineers and planners with responsibility for designing and/or building pedestrian facilities in the public right-of-way; urban designers; public officials; and interested citizens.

Full Details: http://www.cmap.illinois.gov/bikeped/accessibility.aspx

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8. SmartCode News

SmartCode v9.2 Model Code and Supplementary Modules Now Posted

The 2008 SmartCode v9.2 upgrade and new Sustainability Modules are now posted on SmartCode Central for free download. The Version 9.2 base code is further streamlined from last year's v9
http://www.smartcodecentral.com/smartfilesv9_2.html

SmartCode Local Master Class June 18-20, Jamestown, RI

Sandy Sorlien, a co-author of the SmartCode v9 and Manual, leads SmartCode Local, an intensive master class in SmartCode v9.0 calibration. The class is structured charrette-style for only 6 people.

SmartCode Local is a hands-on, site-specific, three-day retreat, after which participants will know how to analyze urbanism, complete a Synoptic Survey, and calibrate the model SmartCode for local conditions. The beautiful Jamestown village study area will be rich with great lessons, as a SmartCode charrette was recently held there. Jamestown Town Planner Lisa Bryer and the charrette leader, architect Don Powers, will join Sandy for instruction and discussion. The group will also study Newport across the bay. For more information, visit
http://sandysorlien.com/smartcode.htm.

New SmartCode and Manual Now Available from New Urban News

The new 234-page SmartCode v9 and Manual has been published by New Urban News. Included are the entire SmartCode v9.2 with comprehensive annotations, the latest transect-based Modules including Susatinability tables, and an extensive Appendix with sample regional and community-scale plans, step-by-step planning protocols, forms, checklists, and resources. To order a copy, visit
http://www.newurbannews.com.

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9. Upcoming Courses from the Form-Based Codes Institute

Save the date for the following Form-Based Code trainings. Visit the Form-Based Codes Institute website for more information and a full list of events.

FBC 101: Introduction to Form-Based Coding
July 15-17, 2008, Ventura, CA

FBC 201: Preparing a Form-Based Code – Design Considerations
June 12-13, 2008, Fort Worth, TX
(Note: Form-Based Codes-An Introductory Course is a prerequisite for this course)

FBC 201 Course Filling Up! Only FBC 201 Course Scheduled for 2008

FBCI offers a number of FBC 101-Introduction to Form-Based Coding-courses each year, as this course is the pre-requisite for the other two courses in the series. Because of the heavy teaching load the entry-level courses places on our faculty members -- who are also busy practioners like yourself -- we are only able to offer one or two of the advanced courses each year.

June 12th and 13th we are offering FBC 201: Preparing the Code: Design Considerations in Fort Worth, Texas. We do not have another 201 course scheduled for this year. The course will provide 16.25 credits for AICP and AIA/CES.

Faculty members Peter Katz, Kevin Klinkenberg, Scott Polikov, Steve Price and David Sargent bring tremendous experience designing Form-Based Codes to this course.

If you have not yet taken this course, we hope you can join us in downtown Fort Worth!

Registrations are being taken on the FBCI website: www.formbasedcodes.org

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10. 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.

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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