Special Events

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Orientation Breakfast for First-Time Attendees

Thursday, June 2, 2011 | 8:00 AM - 8:45 AM

First-time attendees are invited to participate in this informational orientation breakfast. Leaders of the Congress for the New Urbanism will guide you through Congress events and sessions.


Thursday, June 2, 2011 | 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Charter Awards Lunch *

Thursday, June 2, 2011 | 12:15 PM - 1:45 PM

Elizabeth Moule, CNU co-founder and Principal of Moule & Polyzoides, Architects and Urbanists, in Pasadena California, will honor the best of New Urbanism in the 2011 Charter Awards ceremony. The Charter Awards acknowledge work that fulfills the promise of the Charter of the New Urbanism through outstanding design, often in contexts that cry out for repair and reestablishment of resilient urban communities.

As jury chair, Elizabeth Moule will describe the lessons and trends learned from this year's award winners and frame how New Urbanism is reshaping and redeeming our cities and towns. For more information about the 2011 Charter Awards, visit www.cnu.org/awards.

John Dutton, Principal, Dutton Architects
Elizabeth Moule, Principal, Moule & Polyzoides Architects & Urbanists


Thursday, June 2, 2011 | 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Over the years, CNU has perfected the art of urban-related conversation at our Congresses. CNU provides forums that are lively, fun and engaged. This year, the Salons take on an exciting new format that includes both project critiques and the chance to discuss some of the most pressing urban-related issues of the day.

For more information, go here

John O. Norquist, President and CEO, Congress for the New Urbanism


Thursday, June 2, 2011 | 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM

CNU Member Forum

Friday, June 3, 2011 | 8:00 AM - 8:45 AM

True grits: Join President and CEO John Norquist and CNU Board members for coffee and to share your ideas about how the Congress for the New Urbanism should move forward! Bring an appetite for good conversation.


Friday, June 3, 2011 | 8:00 AM - 7:00 PM

Exhibits Reception

Friday, June 3, 2011 | 5:30 PM - 6:30 PM

Meet our CNU 19 exhibitors and network with other New Urbanists. Cash Bar.

Silent Auction

Friday, June 3, 2011 | 6:30 PM - 7:00 PM

Join us for the second annual CNU Auction! Pieces from established artists as well as your favorite New Urbanists will be on display in the exhibit hall. Some of the highlights include an original oil painting by noted author James Howard Kunstler and other art by many new urbanists. In addition to the beautiful works of art, we will auction off a Trek bicycle, a year’s worth of organic dairy products, and full access to the Sitephocus photo database. And don’t miss the Sustainable Urbanism lunch with Doug Farr at the Cliff Dwellers restaurant! The silent auction opens Thursday at 8 AM and closes at the end of the Exhibits reception on Friday, on the dot at 6:30 PM.

Chapter Meet-Up

Friday, June 3, 2011 | 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Chapter Meet-Ups are evening receptions where you can gather with other new urbanists from back home to network and learn about what’s happening in your region. Individual chapters may require an RSVP or registration fee.

CNU Atlanta Chapter Meet-Up
Friday, June 3, 7:30 PM – 9:30 pm
Brocach Irish Pub, 7 West Main Street
Come meet up with your fellow Georgia New Urbanists for an informal happy hour. Hear about local CNU Atlanta initiatives, upcoming chapter events, share your experiences at the conference or talk about the latest goings on in Georgia. No RSVP is required and the cost of attending is what you’re willing to pay for a drink.

CNU New Jersey Chapter Meet-Up
Friday, June 3, 7:30 PM – 9:30 pm
Paisan’s, 131 West Wilson Street
Meet up with fellow New Jersey New Urbanists for a happy hour at Paisan’s, an attractive Italian restaurant and bar located just one block southwest of the Monona Terrace and two blocks from the Capitol Square. No RSVP required. Questions? Contact Marvin Reed, Chapter Chair at (609) 610-3311.

CNU DC, New York, and New England Chapter Meet-Up
Friday, June 3, 7:30 PM – 9:30 pm
Great Dane Pub & Brewing Co., 123 East Doty Street
The Northeast descends on the Great Dane Pub! New Urbanists from DC, New York and New England will be refining their pool skills enjoying delicious hors d’oevres and using (free) drink tickets to consume beverages of their choice. Come play and chat!

CNU Central Texas, Houston, and North Texas Chapter Meet-Up
Friday, June 3, 9 pm
Brocach Irish Pub, 7 West Main Street
Meet up with Texas New Urbanists in the downstairs/cottage area for an informal happy hour. No RSVP required, cash bar.

CNU Florida Chapter Meet-Up
Friday, June 3, 7:30 PM – 9:30 pm
The Brink Lounge, 701 East Washington Ave, Suite 105
CNU Florida has been entrusted with hosting CNU20 in West Palm Beach in May 2012. Bring your thinking caps, energy and creativity and join us for brainstorming on how to shape this landmark event celebrating 20 years of the CNU and help chart the future of the movement. No RSVP required, join us for cocktails (cash bar) and hors d’oevres.

CNU Northern California Chapter Meet-Up
7:30 PM – 9:30 pm
Zander’s Sports Lounge, 118 State Street
Californians are invited to the Northern California Chapter Meet-up. At this casual affair, we’ll meet each other face-to-face for a change. We’ll review our program calendar and ask you to pitch in!

CNU Southern California Chapter Meet-Up
Friday, June 3, 7:30 PM – 9:30 pm
Francesca’s al Lago, 111 Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard
Join us for an informal meeting to discuss the status of the local chapter and work plan for the upcoming year. It will provide a great opportunity for Southern California’s CNU members to meet and network and help plan the chapter’s future. No RSVP, cash bar.

CNU Cascadia Chapter Meet-Up
Friday, June 3, 7:30 PM – 9:30 pm
Great Dane Pub & Brewing Co., 123 East Doty Street
Join the new regional CNU Cascadia Chapter (WA, OR, BC) at Great Dane Pub for our cross-disciplinary meet-up. We welcome you to celebrate our new Chapter status, learn more about how you can get involved, and join the dialog about creating enduring, resilient cities. No RSVP required, look for the CNU Cascadia signs.

CNU Wisconsin Chapter Meet-Up
7:30 PM – 9:30 pm
Great Dane Pub & Brewing Co., 123 East Doty Street
CNU Wisconsin invites you to join them in celebration of becoming a chapter of CNU as well as having CNU 19 in Madison! Meet the committee that helped make this happen, including former Madison Mayor Dave Cieslewicz. No RSVP, cash bar and menu available.

For more information about CNU chapters, visit www.cnu.org/chapters.

Farmers' Market Experience

Saturday, June 4, 2011 | 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM

The center of Saturday morning activity in Madison begins at the State Capitol and Dane County Farmers’ Market that winds around the square. Madison invites all CNU 19 attendees and guests to experience Madison's great public activities. There’s a lot to see and do!

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The Groves Award

Saturday, June 4, 2011 | 5:30 PM - 5:35 PM

The Groves Award for outstanding leadership and vision in the promotion of Transect-based planning will be given jointly by the Transect Codes Council and the Congress for the New Urbanism.

The award is given in honor of Ken Groves, the late Planning Director of the City of Montgomery, Alabama. His leadership in using land development and planning to create better communities is a gift that he left for all. Through his planning and development leadership, Alabama’s capital city began its journey back to prominence and sustainability.

The inaugural award will be presented to former former Miami planning director Ana Gelabert-Sanchez and former Miami Mayor Manny Diaz for their work on the Miami 21 code, at the Saturday evening plenary session.

Closing Event *

Saturday, June 4, 2011 | 7:30 PM - 10:00 PM

CNU 19 attendees will be sent off with a warm farewell from Madison by celebrating Saturday night on the rooftop of Madison’s Frank Lloyd Wright-inspired Monona Terrace. CNU’s Closing Party will be set against the dramatic backdrop of Lake Mendota, and the evening will feature locally sourced, sumptuous Wisconsin foods and drink, with entertainment provided by the city’s own Ben Sidran.

Although best known in some circles for writing Steve Miller’s hit song “Space Cowboy,” Sidran is more widely recognized as the host of NPR's landmark, Peabody Award-winning jazz series Jazz Alive, and as the host of VH-1’s Ace Award-winning New Visions series. A pianist, producer, singer and composer, Sidran has recorded 25 solo albums, including the Grammy nominated Concert for Garcia Lorca. He has produced recordings for artists such as Van Morrison, Diana Ross, Mose Allison, and Jon Hendricks, composed the soundtrack for the acclaimed film Hoop Dreams, and scored the award winning-documentary Vietnam: Long Time Coming.

A prolific author, a world traveler, and holder of a PhD. in American Studies from Sussex University, Sidran is an ardent urban lover who us generously donating his fee for this appearance due to his love for Madison and commitment to the principles of New Urbanism.

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