New Urban Research Submission Guidelines

The 2014 Call for New Urban Research is now closed.  Thank you to all who participated. 


The education of an urban designer must conform to the centralized impositions of local environments or to the decentralized tactics of contemporary globalization. Within either one of these two complex systems, it is apparent that universities may be the perfect home for scientists but they are not a good abode for urban designers; the real home of the urban designer is the open city and its environs. Two pedagogical systems seem to be emerging from the ruins of this type of oversight in the education of an urban design student: one in which urban design postulants and faculty roam freely around the world and one in which strict rules of decorum are transferred from master to apprentice. The former system calls for action oriented projects and implementation while the latter is a continuation of the scientific traditions of the enlightenment period.

The Congress for the New Urbanism is calling for academic papers dealing with issues regarding urban design pedagogical methodologies and curriculums. The papers must address questions of tradition and/or innovation in:

  • The education of urban design postulants  OR
  • The construction and deployment of responsive urban design programs


For CNU 22 in Buffalo, the CNU Transportation Research Reform group is soliciting papers on a range of issues related to transportation and New Urbanism.  All papers will be peer-reviewed with selection based on the paper’s contribution to the critical discussion and practice of New Urbanism with respect to transportation.  

Topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Performance measures
  • Travel and traffic behavior and psychology
  • Road safety
  • Transit networks
  • Bikeway networks
  • Street vitality
  • Highways to boulevards


Papers will be reviewed by at least two members of a distinguished group of professionals. Final selection will be based on the paper’s depth of content, demonstration of methodological rigor, contribution and advancement to the topic of urban design education, and overall significance to the practice of urban design.

All selected authors are expected to present their papers at CNU 22 in Buffalo, June 4-7, 2014. Accepted papers and abstracts will first be published on the CNU website and the authors will be required to complete copyright transfer forms. Should other publishers be interested in the selected papers, authors must secure copyrights from the Congress for the New Urbanism. All submissions must be unpublished original work and must be written in English. The following instructions will facilitate the work of the reviewers and will guarantee procedural fairness.

DEADLINE: January 15, 2014 at 5:00 PM CST


The subject line of the email should be the title of the paper. The submission e-mail shall have two (2) PDF attachments. The body of the e-mail should also include the author’s name, e-mail address, phone number, and brief bio for the CNU speaker database (not to exceed 100 words). Illustrations incorporated into the text in are strongly preferred, however they can be sent as additional attachments with the email so long as they do not exceed a total of 5MB.


  1. The first PDF file shall contain the author’s name(s) and address, the title and/or subtitle of the paper (BOLD), a current e-mail address, and the author’s phone number. This file will be used by the Congress for the New Urbanism for pure administrative purposes.
  2. The second file shall contain the title and/or subtitle of the paper (BOLD), an introductory abstract of no more than 150 words (must appear at the front page), and a text/graphic submission not to exceed 2400 words or 15 pages –whichever is less. The inclusion of the author’s name(s) anywhere in the context of this file will be enough cause for disqualification. All papers will be reviewed by, at least, two (2) members of a distinguished panel of professionals and scholars. All authors are entitled to receive copies of their reviewer comments.

Email your paper to no later than the deadline posted above.

Please send any questions to