CNU XVI in the News

The Texas media is paying special attention to New Urbanism leading up to CNU's arrival in Austin in April 2008. With Austin and other major Texas cities experiencing rapid population growth and fast-changing cityscapes, the pressure is on to accommodate the growth in ways that result in diverse, livable, and enduring neighborhoods. So expect to see interest in the Congress keep building through April.

Media Coverage of CNU XVI:

Inside MXD: What Works, What Doesn't and Why
March 17, 2008

From the article:
Nearly every development these days in Dallas/Fort Worth, like virtually every other urban and suburban pocket of America, is being built, backfilled and redeveloped with mixed uses. Realistically, some projects will be far more successful than others and some will outright fail.

"It's programming the space to maximize the value of the real estate. It's not just building sticks and bricks, it has to be tailored to where you are," emphasizes Robert Voelker, shareholder of Munsch Hardt Kopf & Harr in Dallas and recognized expert in the mixed-use arena.

Another acknowledged industry expert, Galina Tahchieva, partner of Miami-based Duany Plater Zyberk & Co. and its director of town planning, confidently says mixed-use development isn't merely a fad that will fade with time. "It's all over the place, not just the US. Mixed-use development is the bare minimum requirement today," she tells "This is just a baby step to make up for past mistakes. The smaller communities are absolutely right to require it."

But, Tahchieva and Voelker agree that the concept, as it's playing out today in the US, needs to undergo some changes. Whether urban or suburban, a project's success hinges on its flexibility, concentration, affordability and desirability. If it's done smartly, a CBD can attain 24/7 status, which has been proven in foreign cities, and a suburb can contain sprawl by adding mixed-use, stacked space tailored toward its demographics.

New Urbanism changing cities' faces
Waco Tribune-Herald
March 16, 2008

From the article:
The assembly will focus on methods for enabling communities to expand living and business opportunities in a responsible manner.

Waco will be paying attention as well.

CNU sets its sights on Austin
Austin Business Journal
February 15, 2008

From the article:
John Norquist is on a crusade to set community planning in America
back six decades.

As president of the Congress for the New Urbanism, Norquist is a
champion of restoring the urban design techniques that were civilization's building blocks for centuries before being largely abandoned in the United States post-World War II. Now with population sprawl, energy consumption and traffic congestion growing heavier on the American consciousness, new urbanism -- or the use of dense, mixed-use projects and communities -- is
taking off.

"We're coming to Austin because it's one of the fastest-growing
cities in North America and it's developed a strong commitment to green," he says.

What Would Andres Duany Do? The Town Planning Messiah Fixes Austin
The Austin Chronicle
April 13, 2007

From the article:
Andres Duany is the New Urbanist guru. So when he was in town recently, I took the opportunity to chat him up over a beer at the Cedar Door about solving Austin's various current urban-design and planning conundrums . . . .

Duany gave a public SmartCode talk in Austin at the end of March to help create excitement about Austin's hosting of the 2008 Congress for the New Urbanism conference next April. Afterward, he offered savvy advice about Austin's current development and urban-planning challenges – variations on issues he's seen repeatedly in communities nationwide.

New Urbanism Event Being Held in Austin
Austin Business Journal
March 27, 2007

From the article:
Austin's efforts to create a denser and more active urban core have helped it land a major conference that will draw an estimated 2,000 attendees next year to learn what the capital of Texas is doing right.

Austin has been selected as the host city for the 16th annual Congress for the New Urbanism, a leading national forum dedicated to advancing the urban density model and promoting alternatives to sprawl. The city was chosen because of a multitude of ongoing projects in keeping with new urbanism -- from new rail systems to the boom in downtown high-rise living…