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.


Thanks to everyone who attended CNU 22 in Buffalo! We'll be building an archive soon with lots of pictures, the full program, blogs, etc. We'll have videos of all the plenaries and 75% of the sessions up on our YouTube channel ( over the next few weeks. Thanks to all who attended for making CNU 22 such a success!

CNU 22 is finally here! Some tours are already underway, intensive 202 trainings begin Wednesday and internationally-renowned architect Ken Greenberg kicks off the Congress at 5:15PM Wednesday evening. As you find your way to the Congress, here are a few basics:

  • The Congress is being held at the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center at 153 Franklin Street in Downtown Buffalo. DRIVING DIRECTIONS
  • The Airport-Downtown Express 204 Metro will take you directly from the airport to the Convention Center in half an hour, and it runs every 30 minutes. Get off at Pearl Street and walk one block right to Franklin, then turn right and you will find it.
  • You can download a PDF of the full program here, browse the schedule online here, and download the App for iPhone here.
  • Remember your passport! You might find yourself joining our Canadian colleagues in an urban adventure.
  • The registration desk opens Tuesday evening at 5pm, and you can register at the Congress if you have not yet done so.

The ever-helpful staff at the Buffalo Niagara Convention and Visitors Bureau will be monitoring the #CNU22 hashtag on Twitter and have offered to help with any questions you might have, down to "Where can I buy a toothbrush?" to "How can I find the pop-up park?" See you in Buffalo!

CNU 22 App Now Available for iPhone and Android, Mobile Website for Blackberry

The CNU 22 App for iPhone and Android is now available! Built by CrowdCompass in collaboration with CNU 22 staff, the App provides everything that is in the printed schedule and more. The App includes an interactive map that will show you exactly where your session is being held, and profiles and pictures of everyone attending the Congress for networking. Scroll quickly through tour descriptions, speaker bios, extra materials like PDFs for in-flight reading and links to social media. The App works online and off, and will update for the latest news and changes when connected to the internet.

Download the App now for iPhone
Download the App for Android
Access the mobile site for Blackberry and other platforms

New Urbanism on the International Stage: Peter Calthorpe and Enrique Peñalosa

Two of the world's leading urban visionaries, CNU co-founder Peter Calthorpe and former Mayor of Bogotá Enrique Peñalosa, share their international work and ideas for how CNU should expand its global purview.

Calthorpe's work in Europe, Asia, the Middle East, and Central and South America has demonstrated that community design with a focus on environmental sustainability and human scale can be adapted throughout the globe. His current work throughout China is focused on developing standards and examples of Low Carbon Cities in Beijing, Chongqing, Kunming, Zhuhai and other major Chinese cities.

As Mayor of Bogotá, Peñalosa attracted international attention for his successful revitalization efforts. He currently serves as President of the Institute for Transportation and Development Policy (ITDP) a non-profit organization providing technical assistance to cities and local advocacy groups on sustainable transportation development throughout Asia, Africa, and the Americas.

Join Calthorpe and Peñalosa in Buffalo on Saturday, June 7th at 10:45am for what is sure to be a stimulating discussion.

Famed Architect Robert A.M. Stern Talks About His Latest Book at CNU 22

Robert A.M. Stern, FAIA, has a highly impressive pedigree: Dean of the Yale School of Architecture, he also heads a 300-person firm of architects, interior designers, and supporting staff. His work is in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Art Institute of Chicago, among others. And he is one of a select few architects honored with a CNU Athena Award.

Stern's latest book has been called "a 1,072-page behemoth" that aims to be a comprehensive history of the garden suburb - the original planned, self-contained villages located just outside of cities and intended to provide a countrylike respite for city workers. "They're fantastic models," said Stern in a recent interview. "You can develop them at the edges of cities as a better solution for handling exurban development (...) But most importantly, they provide a fantastic example for redeveloping inner-city sites."

Stern is bringing his comprehensive look at garden suburbs to CNU 22, with a breakout session that is sure to be enlightening. Stern says these developments are unfairly lumped in with placeless sprawl, and promises to make his case at the Congress for reevaluating their value.











AIA Buffalo WNY
Batavia Business Improvement District
Council for Canadian Urbanism
Empire State Future
Greater Buffalo Building Owners and Managers Association
Joy Kuebler, Landscape Architect, PC
Land Use Law Center of Pace University School of Law
New York Conference of Mayors
New York Upstate American Planning Association
Niagara Arts and Cultural Center
Smart Growth America
The National Complete Streets Coalition
Walkable and Livable Communities Institute