CNU 19 Sessions Open to the Public


Opening Plenary


Wednesday, June 1, 2011 | 5:15 PM - 6:45, Overture Center For the Arts, 201 State Street.  
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CNU opens its 19th annual Congress in Madison, Wisconsin with a focus on "Growing Local." Over the course of four days, CNU 19 will investigate the how and why behind the local option. Whether it is biking and walking as a means of transit, or frequenting local organic restaurants and farmer’s markets, the theme of growing local is revolutionizing how development, food systems, and community fabric thrive.

CNU 19 will explore the relationship between humans and their landscape both natural and manmade. And to deliver the opening plenary, CNU welcomes preeminent historian William Cronon, the Frederick Jackson Turner Professor of History, Geography, and Environmental Studies at the University of Wisconsin Madison. Cronon, author of Nature’s Metropolis: Chicago and the Great West, examines the forces that have shaped the transformation of cities and the interaction with their surrounding ecosystems. Cronon will offer his perspective on how New Urbanists can mend sprawl and create towns and cities that respect historical tradition while remaining sustainable for future generations.

Come early to hear Melanie Hammet, performing songwriter and elected official, offer her unique commentary on urban planning by singing selections from Edifice Complex, her CD inspired by real land-use events.

Dave Cieslewicz, Mayor, City of Madison
William J. Cronon, Frederick Jackson Turner and Vilas Research Professor of History, Geography, and Environmental Studies, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Melanie Hammet, Documentary Songmaker, City Councilperson, City of Pine Lake, Georgia
John O. Norquist, President and CEO, Congress for the New Urbanism



John Nolen’s Plan for Madison: The Enduring Power of a Great Civic Vision

Wednesday, June 1, 2011 | 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM 
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To appreciate today’s Madison, one must understand John Nolen’s defining vision of the city. John Nolen, the preeminent landscape architect and urban planner of his day, was invited to come to Wisconsin’s capital city in 1908 to prepare a plan for the city. Inspired by Madison's beautiful isthmus and lakes and its civic spirit, Nolen challenged civic leaders to make Madison a “world class” city that would serve as a model for the nation. On the 100th anniversary of Nolen’s plan, Madison: A Model City, this lecture will answer several questions: Who was John Nolen? What was Nolen’s plan for Madison? Why are Nolen's urban visions so powerful? Why do they still inspire civic leaders today?

A bus tour highlighting John Nolen’s vision for Madison will immediately follow the lecture. Please register early as seats are limited and will be available on a first come, first served basis.

David Mollenhoff, Local Historian


Do you love learning about John Nolen as much as we do? Then you think about attending CNU 19's other, John Nolen-focused events throughout the weekend. Immediately following this session, David Mollenhoff will also be leading a tour of Madison tracing Nolen's landmark plan for the city (as well as registration info for the event). Also check out our breakout sessionJohn Nolen's Career and Design Influence: Regional, National and International.

What Are Livable Communities?

Wednesday, June 1, 2011 | 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM 
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Livable Communities improve the quality of life for residents and visitors by addressing how transportation policy and land use initiatives create healthy and safe environments that promote active living. Participants will learn from case studies that demonstrate a whole spectrum of livable community properties: complete corridors, town centers, revitalized main street environments, safe routes to school and great streets that demonstrate creative, effective ways to manage traffic and growth that encourage place making. This session provides an optimistic view of building and points towards a more sustainable, happier future for communities.

Dan Burden, Executive Director, Walkable and Livable Communities Institute

Looking for more? Dan Burden will also be leading an innovative Walking Audit of Madison. Please visit our Registration Page for more info about attending this exciting event.