CNU XV

Is Small the New Big? New Trends in a Slowing Building Industry*

Description:  This panel looks at the national trend toward quality spaces, away from the McMansion to smaller, better-built homes, such as the Katrina Cottage. The demand for building smaller comes from homeowners who want comfortable places to live... read more »

New Urbanism 101

Description:  An in-depth primer on the history, principles, and concepts of New Urbanism. This day-long course provides an illustrated introduction to New Urbanism and a foundation in key concepts such as suburban retrofits, revitalization, and the ... read more »

Sunday Closing Plenary*

Description:  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 w... read more »

Saturday Evening Plenary*

Description:  Opening Welcome John Norquist, President and CEO of CNU, will introduce Congressman Barney Frank (D-MA), Chairman of the House Committee on Financial Services. Since the departure of Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan, no other member of e... read more »

Oil and Gas Update by James Howard Kunstler*

Description:  Jim Kunstler, author of "Home From Nowhere" and "The Long Emergency," will update new urbanists on the future of oil supplies and prices. A future with scarce oil will have dire implications for the U.S. economy and especially for auto-... read more »

Louisiana Speaks: Pattern Book and Toolkit

Description:  Learn about the Louisiana Recovery Foundation’s manuals to guide the reconstruction effort. The Louisiana Speaks Pattern Book provides regional urban and architectural patterns for homeowners repairing their houses, builders replacing... read more »

The Detroit Sessions Part I: Downtown Development Strategies*

Description:  Conventional wisdom fails to capture downtown Detroit’s potential, from its institutional assets to its excellent architecture. Building on the 9th annual University of Michigan Detroit Charrette and the Brookings Institution study of... read more »

Green, Fair, and Fun: Local Living Economies

Description:  The Local Living Economy movement offers solutions to the dual challenges of climate change and peak oil. It envisions a decentralized global network of independent, locally owned businesses and farms that not only reduces transportatio... read more »

Beyond the Blue: What's Next for CNU, ITE and the Project for Transportation Reform?

Description:  The CNU/ITE collaboration on Context Sensitive Solutions for Major Urban Thoroughfares has been a Proposed Recommended Practice for over a year. CNU members and others recently submitted comments that will determine the future of this d... read more »

New Urbanism & The Old City

Description:  Definite differences exist between the “Old Urbanism” and the New Urbanism, most clearly manifested in the work done within the existing historic city. Unlike prior attempts at creating a more competitive inner city by making it mor... read more »