Listen to doug Farr in this cnu video: CNU 17 is the place
to gear up for a changed planning and development Landscape
— And now is the time to lock in early registration savings!
If you haven't seen the video below — the first in a series
of text and video interviews with CNU 17 participants — you'll
want to watch it to hear the reasons a top new urbanist agenda-setter
gives for not missing CNU 17. "As hard as they are economically,
these are the times of the most hopefulness I've seen in years."
says Farr, author of Sustainable Urbanism (currently
ranked 10th in Amazon's sales ranking for urban and land-use
planning books). "I've always been interested in the
same two things -- cities and sustainability. Finally those
issues are coming into the mainstream. I'm seeing that in
RFPs that we're getting from developers and from cities."
Taking place June 10-14 in Denver, Colorado, the 17th
Congress for the New Urbanism is built to help you benefit
form the new urbanist advantages Farr identifies —learn how
to make communities more walkable, more energy efficient,
more enduring, and more livable just as demographic and cultural
changes swing demand in our direction.
Compared to other conferences, the Congress is about the
"bigger, more strategic thinking, says Farr who says
he got "about half the material" for his book just
hanging around Congresses. "It's focused on the end of
sustainability that is also about quality of life and is the
kind of attractor that Americans insist on. Americans don't
like denial. They don't like discomfort. Urbanism is convenient.
It offers choices. So we have the facts on our side." Watch
later this week for another video featuring Carol
Coletta, the dynamic president of CEOS for Cities
and a CNU plenary speaker.
AND Save NOW with early-registration rates
Registration for CNU 17 will never be lower than it is between
now and May 8th, when the early registration period ends.
If you're an individual professional member, registering now
will save you $80. For the full package (including party and
three ticketed events including 202s, tours, and Experiences),
your amount saved is $120. Elected officials, non-profit employees,
international attendees, and students save considerably too.
When CNU participants register early, CNU can more efficiently
plan for the amount of space, breakfast food, coffee and other
resources needed. So do yourself and CNU a favor, register
now, or at least by the May 8th deadline.
STAY THROUGH SATURDAY AT THE DENVER SHERATON AND THE BALL
GAME IS ON US
Stay at the heart of the Congress action and unwind with
CNU on Sunday at Coors Field... Act fast
After a productive Congress — and a Saturday night party
with salons on wonderful Larimer Street — new urbanists will
unwind on Sunday with a picnic buffet and Rockies game at
downtown Coors Field. To join us, just be among the first
60 to register for the Congress (4-days or full package),
reserve a stay through Saturday at the Sheraton Denver — this
year's Congress headquarters — and write us to claim your
It's as easy as a trip around the bases after a home-run
First base: Register
by May 8 for at least 4 days of CNU 17, the world's leading
urbanism conference. Second base: Reserve your stay through Saturday
night at the Sheraton Denver, at the heart of all the CNU
17 action. Third base: Be among the first 60 to e-mail
Congress@cnu.org with your CNU 17 confirmation number and
Sheraton reservation confirmation number. Home plate: We'll have a picnic and baseball
ticket waiting for you in Denver (pending quick verification
of your stay).
With a stay at the Sheraton, four indispensable days at the
Congress, and the Sunday
game, you'll be a triple winner.
Housing design ideas at cnu 17 are Green, smart about space,
cutting-edge and often traditional
When the Wall Street Journal devoted several pages
to featuring four "green
homes of the future," one of those homes was by CNU
member and two-time Charter-Award-winning architect Steve
Mouzon, who will share his design expertise in several sessions
at CNU 17. Unlike the three other homes featured, Mouzon's
design (shown here) didn't look particularly futuristic, though
every inch of it was green, with features ranging from solar
panels embedded in the roof to "melon cradles" that
allow heavy vegetables and fruits to grow up walls and a central
"breeze chimney," a ages-old form of air conditioning.
The design fits Mouzon's philosophy of Original Green, which
draws on centuries of traditional design knowledge to create
designs for sustainable and "lovable" buildings.
Two big names in traditional design, Marianne Cusato and
Andrés Duany, will join Mouzon in a much-anticipated Friday
session on housing for the "new era" of weak
economies and energy volatility. With the changing economic
climate presenting an opportunity to redefine home design
in favor of smaller, more efficient dwellings that perform
better environmentally and cost less to build and inhabit,
two initiatives the SmartDwelling and the New Economy Home
seek to integrate the best lifestyle elements of the McMansion
decade with the efficiency, endurance and elegance of traditional
architecture. Learn about “new” forms of housing and their
benefits given today’s state of affairs. Tim Halbur, Managing
Editor of Planetizen, moderates.
And don't miss Ben Bolgar and Hank Dittmar of the Prince's
Foundation with Steve Mouzon in an in-depth Thursday New Urbanism
on integrating craft, architecture, and urban design in
the practice of New Urbanism. Countering the critique of many
new urbanist developments that the architecture and build
quality do not measure up to the quality of the urbanism —
and addressing the fear that desperation in the development
community will lead to a race to the bottom in terms of craftsmanship
— this session will examine the role of long-lived, resilient
and quality-centered approach to building. It will examine
the tools new urbanists use to move from the master plan to
the architecture and construction, while exploring the potential
for good craft-based jobs to be a factor in a resurgent economy
of value rather than consumption, looking at examples in New
Orleans, Jamaica, and Britain. Only at CNU 17. Register
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