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CNU 17





As BUZZ Builds in Denver, There's still time to register for URbanism's Main event

package in Denver post says New Urbanist principles "will dominate development patterns as we emerge from the recession

With CNU 17 ready to kick off in Denver next week, Denver Post columnist Susan Barnes-Gelt introduced a great package of opinion essays in the paper's Sunday Perspectives section, highlighting how much has changed since the last time the Congress for the New Urbanism held its big annual gathering in Denver.

In 1998, Stapleton airport was 7 square miles of abandoned runways. Lakewood's Belmar neighborhood was a dead shopping center. The Central Platte Valley was an industrial floodplain behind downtown's historic Union Station. Barely 1,000 people lived downtown and a surfeit of surface parking lots — the detritus of failed urban renewal policies — defined downtown.

Now, far from being eschewed as elitist, the principles of new urbanism are not only widely accepted, they also have become a recipe for survival.

Read Susan's essay and those from fellow CNU 17 participants :
Norman Garrick: Stapleton, Belmar redefine "community"
June Williamson: Denver tops in retrofitting suburbia
Peter Calthorpe: The Stapleton paradigm admirable

And if you have been too busy to register for CNU 17 and its four urbanism-packed days, there's still time. Registering only takes a few minutes. Do it now.



Policies that perform

The CNU 17 agenda reforms transportation and housing to deliver benefits we all need more than ever

If handled well, the reurbanization of America won't be just a necessary response to crises in the economy, energy sector, and the environment. It will reward Americans with communities that provide more — more affordable transportation costs, more value from their investment in their homes, more convenient access to daily destinations, and a range of housing types to serve the needs of an aging population (and younger households as well). Through the careful application of the principles and strategies of New Urbanism, the reurbanization will yield diverse, livable communities full of valuable urban activity and humanizing parks and public spaces.

The theme of accelerating a livable reurbanization of America will be highlighted in Wednesday's opening plenary and will weave through sessions and events across the four days of the Congress. In particular, a set of sessions will tackle strategies for aligning government policies with new urbanist principles.

CNU 17 is your chance to help shape and advance this agenda. Register and plan on attending the following sessions:

“What we’re talking about is a vision for high-speed rail in America…” (Thursday) The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act: Dispatches from the Front Lines (Thursday)
CNU Legislative Strategy Session (Friday)
CNU and HUD: Opportunities for Innovation in Affordable Housing (Friday)
New Urbanism and the Transportation Reauthorization (Saturday)

Read about the CNU 17 agenda.


Master new urbanism's advantages with the movement's leaders

The Congress program offers four days of tours, experiences and invaluable exchanges on the most relevant topics in the world of development and planning


Learn how the CNU 17 program can help make you better at what you do, whether the topic is retrofitting sprawl, urbanism for a green recovery, sustainable transportation networks, code reform, or innovative housing design. Read about speakers led by Victor Dover, Carol Coletta, Peter Calthorpe, Elizabeth Plater-Zyber, Mayor John Hickenlooper, Mayor Patrick McCrory Ray Gindroz, John Norquist, and Leon and Rob Krier. Explore CNU 17's exclusive up-close-and-personal, on-site learning Experiences.

Check out Zerista, the social networking site for all CNU 17 attendees that hundreds are already using to connect, share ideas and make preparations to meet up in Denver. CNU 17 attendees are using Twitter and Facebook to connect as well.

Here's the full list of sessions, tours and experiences approved for continuing education credits.


And Partner sessions — such as High-tech/High-Touch Charrettes —build on the considerable expertise of those in the New Urbanism Movement

Partner sessions offer specialized training on urbanist topics such as Form-Based Coding, Sustainable Urbanism, the Original Green from urbanists with extensive expertise in these areas. Read about these sessions.

A great example is "High-Tech/High-Touch Charrettes: Facilitation Tools for Public Design Workshops." This partner event on June 10, by the National Charrette Institute and PlaceMatters, is a half-day guide to high-tech tools for charrettes, the collaborative working meetings that serve as the essential starting point for so much top new urbanist planning and development. For the first time, NCI and PlaceMatters will show how to use most advanced high-tech tools in charrettes. Find out how visualization, computer mapping, and collaborative networking tools can increase charrette productivity and community involvement. Read more and register here .


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