Hank Dittmar talks "Building Beautifully" in New Urbanism 202 course at CNU 17

Hank Dittmar thinks you should attend his New Urbanism 202 class, and he wants you to know why.

Dittmar is Chief Executive of the Prince’s Foundation for the Built Environment, a charity established to promote traditional practices of urban design in the UK. Its Design Theory & Networks department is responsible for pushing the organization’s design theory principles, the sixth of which is the subject of his CNU 17 session.

“Building Beautifully” will break down the growing critique of many new urbanist places as being architecturally lackluster. Focusing on the ways in which architects and planners can use the current economic situation to their advantage, Dittmar, along with Steve Mouzon and Ben Bolgar, will respond by offering first-hand examples of how long-lived, resilient and quality-centered building approaches are essential in beautifying a place.

Dittmar’s list of the top three reasons to sign up for his session is certain to have you hooked:

  1. One of the top critiques of new urban projects is that they look like crap. Responding to this means getting better at linking design with construction.
  2. The recession is partly about the collapse of the old economic model for development. A new model for the economy might rely on a local building economy, integrating training and employment as a key part of sustainable communities. This session will explore that model.
  3. The session will be really interesting, looking at the role of craft in sustainable urbanism through projects in England, Jamaica, New Orleans and Afghanistan.

Find out more about his session here, and don’t miss your opportunity to register! Sessions are filling up fast, and we’d hate for you to miss out.

On a related note, learn about the Prince's Foundation's latest award, which honors their work for "Outstanding Performance and Quality in Community Involvement."

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Innovation Meets Craft

See more on this session in a news posting on housing design innovation featured at CNU 17. The posting features recent coverage in the Wall Street Journal of architect and CNU member Steve Mouzon, also a participant in this Craft 202 session. Mouzon designed one of four "green homes of the future" for the WSJ special feature.

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