CNU 22: THE RESILIENT COMMUNITY
When you think of Buffalo, New York, what do you picture? A "rust belt" city, maybe some hot wings? Prepare to broaden your perspective. It is no accident that the next Congress is happening in Buffalo. "The Queen City" is in the midst of a locally-driven upswing. Local leaders and city planners made a compelling case to CNU that Buffalo is both a fascinating case study of architecture and revitalization and also a meaty challenge for new urbanists to sink their teeth into.
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. Famed urbanists like Enrique Peñalosa, the transformative mayor of Bogota, and Ben Hamilton-Baillie, shared streets pioneer from the UK, are already confirmed for this year's plenary sessions.
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LATEST CNU22 NEWS
“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.