CNU Seeks Academic Papers for "New Urbanism: Rx for Healthy Places" in Atlanta

Deadline Extended to December 14, 2009

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The Congress for the New Urbanism (CNU) invites academic paper submissions for presentation at the 18th annual CNU to be held in Atlanta May 19-22, 2010. Organized with assistance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, “New Urbanism: Rx for Healthy Places,” will explore the opportunities and challenges of designing and developing communities that promote healthy lives.

Papers offering research on the relationship between the built environment and public and personal health are strongly encouraged, although submissions are welcome on a broad range of issues related to New Urbanism and improvements in community design. Increasing scientific evidence suggests that community design characteristics – land use, design character, transportation systems, sustainability, and density – can have a positive impact on a community’s health, environment, long-term value and quality of life.
December 14, 2009 is the deadline to submit online at . Submissions should be no longer than 2400 words, excluding endnotes, and all papers must also include an abstract not to exceed 100 words. Submissions must represent original work, cannot have been previously published, and must be written in English.

All papers will be read and commented upon by at least two reviewers prior to presentation. Authors will receive copies of reviewer comments. Accepted papers and abstracts will be published on the CNU website at , and the authors of papers selected will be required to complete copyright transfer forms.
All papers must include a cover sheet.

For full Instructions to Submit click here.

Accepted authors are encouraged to submit their full papers to the Journal of Urbanism.

Call for Reviewers
CNU is also seeking reviewers for the academic papers. Those interested are asked to e-mail a short paragraph describing their areas of expertise to It is a plus if potential reviewer volunteers are in academia but not a requirement; practitioners are encouraged to volunteer as well. Because of the CNU 18 theme, reviewers with a health research background are also needed.

The Call for Papers is just one way that CNU’s largest annual event— a leading forum for efforts to re-orient growth and development around compact walkable, mixed-use neighborhoods — will explore the juncture where healthy community design meets sustainable urbanism and green economic development strategies. Everyone engaged in shaping the built environment from planners, developers and health professionals to policymakers at every level will gain valuable insight through inspiring speakers, relevant research, and exemplary projects and policies. Health concerns will be integrated into the various program tracks, including transportation, sprawl retrofitting, green design, finance, codes, public spaces and quality of life issues.

For more information on submitting papers, contact Heather Smith at or 312-551-7300, x15. For more information on the 18th Congress, contact Stephen Filmanowicz, Congress for the New Urbanism,, 312-551-7300, x12, or Charles Green, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention,, 770-488-0626.

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