Sunday Closing Plenary*


New Urbanism Is Almost All Right?
CNU Board member Ellen Dunham-Jones will introduce acclaimed urbanist Denise Scott Brown,recipient of the Athena Medal. CNU recognizes Brown for her extensive contribution of writings and projects, as well as for incorporating pop art, social science, and media studies into her architectural work in ways that have broadened the field of modern architecture and urbanism. Denise Scott Brown will give a lecture entitled, “New Urbanism Is Almost All Right?”

What can we learn from criticism of New Urbanism by a pioneering advocate for Main Streets over megastructures, for “the ugly and the ordinary” over “the heroic and the original”? Why does she expect New Urbanism and New Orleans to produce projects that are dull at first? Why does she get her shoes mended in Geneva, Switzerland? Moving from Petit Saconnex to NOLA, with an (almost) admiring glance at Levittown on the way, Denise Scott Brown will present her take on various issues facing new urbanists. She will also put forward her sometimes surprising beliefs and preferences, illustrating them with examples from her work.

The 2030 Challenge
Following Denise Scott Brown's lecture, CNU Board member Doug Farr will introduce Edward Mazria, architect and founder of Architecture 2030, to explain "the 2030 Architecture Challenge." Scott Bernstein, President of the Center for Neighborhood Technology, will offer a response.

Open Microphone
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Moderator: John O. Norquist, President and CEO, Congress for the New Urbanism

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