CNU Salons

What can Detroit learn from Istanbul?

“When you hear Detroit,” John Norquist told me cryptically yesterday morning, “think Istanbul.” I had just been shown an essay John wrote for the latest issue of the magazine Monocle, a

Security Measures Are Degrading the Urban (and Human) Experience

Several times each day, a military helicopter flies over my house in Washington. It flies much closer to the ground than other aircraft, and it's seriously noisy.

An Introduction to LEED-ND for CNU Members

To encourage informed participation in the LEED-ND vote, the CNU DC Chapter has released An Introduction to LEED-ND for CNU Members.

Buffalo: Dead or Alive?

Buffalo is a port on Lake Erie with no visible connection to the lake. The entire shoreline is separated from the neighborhood fabric of Buffalo by grade separated highways.

Sustainble house in sustainable place : Urban net zero energy home by Farr Associates

This morning's Chicago Tribune has a piece on a green-built house that is noteworthy because it is u

Maybe transcripts as well as presentations?

I just started reading the slideshows of CNU 17 presentations- certainly an excellent resource, since there were typically several presentations going on at one time (which means that I inevitably mis

Urbanism for all stripes: Evangelical-oriented magazine's take on CNU17

Cities are so profoundly shaped by political decisions, from local zoning codes to federal transportation allocations, that it's easy to lose sight of the fact that good urban form knows no political

The Interface Effect: Good Urbanism Spreads

For those who remember my previous post on Property Value Theory, today I wanted to share a photographic comparison I made between two urban infill projects of similar age here in Houston.

LEED-ND issues

Nora Beck asked me to post some of my thoughts about the LEED-ND rating system in advance of the upcoming member ballot.