CNU 22: THE RESILIENT COMMUNITY
The annual Congress for the New Urbanism is the leading venue for new urbanist networking, collaboration, and education. CNU members come from far and wide to discuss development practices and public policies, learn from recent innovative work, and advance new initiatives to transform our communities. Join us in Buffalo, New York - the city Frederick Law Olmsted deemed "the best planned city in the United States, if not the world" - and be a part of CNU 22.
LATEST CNU 22 NEWS
Planning Stars Harriet Tregoning & Jennifer Keesmaat at CNU 22
Two of North America's most influential urban planners - Harriet Tregoning, who was until recently Director of the Washington, DC Office of Planning (now moving to HUD), and Jennifer Keesmaat, Chief Planner for the City of Toronto - will examine the biggest planning challenges facing their cities and how they are adapting to be more resilient.
Harriet Tregoning is a prominent smart growth advocate largely responsible for making DC walkable, bikeable, and eminently livable. She led a re-write of the city's zoning code and collaborated with her transportation colleagues to expand transportation choices in the district. Recently she announced she'd be moving to become Director of the Partnership for Sustainable Communities at HUD.
Jennifer Keesmaat has been recognized numerous times for her innovative work in municipalities across Canada, amassing a variety of awards for planning excellence. She set Toronto's planning agenda back in September 2012 - her first day as Chief Planner - in an op-ed in the Globe and Mail, declaring, "I believe this is the best possible moment, both locally and nationally, to engage in city building and taking ownership of our shared future."
Tregoning and Keesmaat promise in their plenary presentation to address urban resiliency, comment on the future of their respective cities, and offer useful advice to local host Buffalo.
Renowned Toronto Architect Ken Greenberg to Kick Off CNU 22 in Buffalo, NY
CNU is pleased to announce that Ken Greenberg - architect, urban designer and author of the book Walking Home: The Life and Lessons of a City Builder - will be the opening plenary speaker at CNU 22. Greenberg's American roots and Canadian experience make him the perfect person to commence this year's Congress near the border of the two countries.
Having worked on several projects with prominent landscape designer Michael Van Valkenberg, Greenberg is sometimes described as Landscape Urbanism's favorite new urbanist. He grew up in Brooklyn, leaving the city after college and ultimately settling in Toronto. In Canada, Greenberg became a close ally of Jane Jacobs (who herself had left the tumult of New York for Toronto during the Vietnam War). For the past three decades, Greenberg has played a pivotal role on public and private projects in urban settings throughout North America and Europe, focusing on the rejuvenation of downtowns, waterfronts, and neighborhoods.
Greenberg's Opening Plenary will address the common challenges faced by cities on both sides of the Canadian/US border as 21st century cities worldwide transform themselves based on more dynamic city building models that stress mix, overlap, shared space and flexibility. Greenberg is also interested in the integrating 'concepts' at the intersection of economy, community, and environment.
“Shared Space” Guru Coming to Buffalo for CNU 22
CNU is thrilled to announce that architect, urban designer and movement specialist Ben Hamilton-Baillie will be a plenary speaker at CNU 22 in Buffalo, NY, June 4-7, 2014. Hamilton-Baillie is a pioneer of “shared space”, an urban design approach that removes features such as curbs, road surface markings and traffic signs so that drivers and pedestrians must actively negotiate the space together. Ben was lead designer on a highly shared space project in the town of Poynton, UK.
Hamilton-Baillie teaches at the Universities of Bath and the West of England, and worked with the late Hans Monderman on groundbreaking research into shared space and low-speed traffic design. He helped shape the UK Government's recent guidance Manual for Streets, and he also developed his own toolkit, Traffic in Villages.
VIDEO CAPTURES SPIRIT OF BUFFALO
Filmmaker John Paget is a CNU member, and is actively promoting and supporting new urbanism in his adopted home city of Buffalo. His video (RIGHT) captures the spirit of the city as locals work to restore the city to its former glory. Locals have been known to weep when seeing the video, and almost 100,000 people have already watched it on YouTube. If you've never been to Buffalo, this video will surely change your perspective.
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