CNU May 2008 e-Update
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.
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.
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.
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.
5. What's New @ CNU.org
Here's a sample of what's new at CNU.org:
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.
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?
Pre-registration for conference by June 1: €220 ($340). After June 1: €250 ($390). Registration includes buffet lunches. Inquire about special discounts.
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
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
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
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
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
FBC 201: Preparing a Form-Based Code – Design Considerations
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
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
Harvard University Graduate School of Design · August 4 - 6
Congress for the New Urbanism