CNU Florida Chapter Meeting Attracts 300
The third annual CNU Florida Chapter statewide meeting, Jan. 18-19 at Rollins College, attracted almost 300 new urbanists from across the state. Attendance this year has grown tremendously over last year's meeting, which brought in 200 attendees. The event allows members to come together to discuss issues of local concern, learn about the latest advances around the state, and meet other new urbanists. CNU Florida was CNU's first chapter and now has over 200 members.
Topics on Thursday included concurrency and New Urbanism, transportation and the Florida Green Book, the backlash against TNDs and New Urbanism, and implementing New Urbanism at the regional scale. Keynote speaker James Howard Kunstler spoke on Florida and the Long Emergency, and urged new urbanists to plan ahead and anticipate the coming energy shortage.
The agenda also included two awards presentations. The John Nolen Medal for contributions to urbanism in Florida was presented to the Miami School of Architecture, and the Charles Barrett Award for excellence in Architecture and Urban Design was awarded to Scott Merrill.
Meeting attendees will spend Friday morning in breakout groups to discuss and draft chapter positions on the topic covered at the meeting.
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