Special Events
  • Historic arcade houses young professionals
    <strong>Microlofts at The Arcade Providence</strong>&nbsp;<em>Providence, Rhode Island</em>

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  • Expanding options for a car-oriented suburban area
    <strong>Village of Providence</strong> <em>Huntsville, AL</em>

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  • Mercado District | Tucson, Arizona
    A timeless place from the ground up. #thisiscnu

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  • Southside
    Ten acres that transformed a city #thisiscnu

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  • Jazz Market New Orleans Audience Seating
    Jazz Market New Orleans Audience Seating
    Trumpeting a cultural revival
    <strong>Peoples Health New Orleans Jazz Market</strong>&nbsp; <em>New Orleans, Louisiana</em>

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  • From parking lot to urban tour-de-force
    <strong>UCLA Weyburn</strong>&nbsp;<em>Los Angeles, California</em>

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  • A mixed-use center for town and gown
    <strong>Storrs Center</strong> <em>Mansfield, CT</em>

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  • A unique building becomes a hub for historic neighborhoods
    <strong>Ponce City Market</strong> <em>Atlanta, GA</em>

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  • Crosstown_Concourse_2018_Charter_LooneyRicksKiss
    From former warehouse to "vertical village"
    <strong>Crosstown Concourse</strong>&nbsp; <em>Memphis, Tennessee</em>

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Art of the New Urbanism

The New Urbanist movement has dramatically transformed the way that illustrations and renderings are incorporated into the dialog of community planning and placemaking. New Urbanism has provided a means of visual communication that enables citizens from all walks of life to become engaged in planning their neighborhoods and communities. Beautiful artwork, vivid illustrations, compelling plans and communicative explanatory diagrams are all part of The Art of the New Urbanism. This important exhibit features visualization artworks produced by a broad range of new urbanist practitioners throughout the history of the movement.


Magical Mystery Tour 2016

This year's Magical Mystery Tour promises to be as great as ever! We will be touring urbanist projects from Louisville, KY to Detroit, MI. The tour will include Prospect, KY, Cincinnati, OH, Mariemont, OH, Columbus, OH, Ann Arbor, MI, Birmingham, MI and more...

Cost includes: Transportation; Guided Tours; Lunch Monday and Tuesday; Hotel Sunday and Monday

Single Room Ticket Price = $525
Shared Room Ticket Price = $425 

Learn more on their Eventbrite page and check them out on Facebook!

Hamtramck Small Developer Training Workshop
8:00 AM - 5:30 PM . BANK SUEY

This 1 day workshop serving the Detroit/Southeastern Michigan area is an overview to the basics of small scale real estate development. Faculty members include Monte Anderson, Jim =Kumon, John Anderson and Gracen Johnson. Promotional Support provided by Model D, Metromode and the Congress for New Urbanism - CNU 24.

$159 for Early Bird Registration - Until end of the day Friday, May 6
$185 for Regular Registration - Until Wednesday, June 1
$215 for Walk-In Registration - If room until Monday, June 6
All registration payments are final.

Learn more 

Wednesday | June 8

NextGen Corktown Pub Crawl
7:00 PM - 11:00 PM . THE FILLMORE

A CNU tradition! Make new friends and catch up with the old ones on the annual NextGen pub crawl. Meet from the CNU reception at The Fillmore and head to Corktown on the westside of downtown.

Locations to be announced soon.

Thursday | June 9

Morning Events

Running with Urbanists: Morning Run
7:00 AM - 8:00 AM . GEM THEATRE

Experience Detroit at street level. Join Victor Dover and John Simmerman on a morning run around town! This no-drop run will be no more than 4 miles, and will get you back to the hotel in plenty of time for morning sessions. We will form a couple of pace groups if desired, including a slower one and a moderately-paced one, so runners of all speeds and experience are welcome.

Meet us outside of the Hilton Garden Inn. Don't be late!

Evening Events

Drinks x Design
5:30 PM - 8:00 PM . TBD

Drinks x Design is a monthly open studio that provides exposure and networking opportunities for Detroit’s creative community. Held in a new location on the second Thursday of every month, Drinks x Design offers an opportunity for creative businesses throughout the city to open their doors and share their work with the public. Attendees come to meet new people, make connections, promote their creative endeavors and learn about other projects in their community.

City Lobby

Join us in the parlor for urban exchange! Thursdays 6pm in Detroit. Hosted by Claire Nelson & Wayne Ramocan. Locals & travelers welcome!

Follow us or visit urbanconsulate.com.

Urban Consulate
4470 Second Avenue
Detroit, MI 48201

Conversations + Cocktails

Join us after the Charter Awards for beverages, bites, and mingling, compliments of HAA. Hamilton Anderson office, 1435 Randolph Street in Harmonie Park

Evening Events @ Detroit Beer Co.

Big Ideas, Small Projects
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM . DETROIT BEER CO.

Join Issue Media Group, Key Public Strategies, and the IncDev Alliance for a Happy Hour at the Detroit Beer Co.

Code Hacking Confidential
8:30 PM - 9:30 PM . DETROIT BEER CO.

Top 5 code hacks for Zoning and Building Code workaround by practioners. Brought to you by IncDev Alliance and CNU NextGen.

Cards Against Urbanity
9:30 PM - 10:30 PM . DETROIT BEER CO.

Back for more and with new cards for CNU 24. Brought you by Do Tank DC and CNU NextGen.

Evening Events @ Chrysler Black Box Theater

New Urban Film Festival

The New Urbanism Film Festival showcases short and feature length documentaries about the urban environment. Held every Fall in Los Angeles, audiences are engaged in new urbanism theory, history, and practical case studies. This event showcases the winning films from the 2015 festival.

For a complete line up of films, check out newurbanismfilmfestival.com/detroit.

Evening Events @ Gem Theatre

The Fit 2 a T: Transect-based Fashion Show
8:30 PM - 9:30 PM . GEM THEATRE

The Fit 2 a T: Transect-based Fashion Show is back for the second year in a row--brought to you by Do Tank DC, the same crew who is partly (ir)responsible for Cards Against Urbanity. In keeping with our goal of making urbanism fun and approachable, Fit 2 a T is a new way of looking at the transect--through the lens of fashion!

Watch your friends - both male and female - walk the runway while wearing appropriate clothing for each transect. Do you know what's appropriate for T-2? or T-4? Come find out! This year, outfits will have a special Detroit flair--don't miss it! Brought you by Do Tank DC and CNU NextGen.

CNU Fellows Inaugural Talent Show
9:30 PM - 10:30 PM . GEM THEATRE

Comedians, magicians, snake charmers, dancers, musicians, storytellers whose talents celebrate urbanism.

To get on the program, please contact: Emily Talen. Read the full ANNOUNCEMENT.

Friday | June 10

Morning Events

Running with Urbanists
7:00 AM - 9:00 AM . GEM THEATRE

Experience Detroit at street level. Join Victor Dover and John Simmerman on a morning run around town! This no-drop run will be no more than 4 miles, and will get you back to the hotel in plenty of time for morning sessions. We will form a couple of pace groups if desired, including a slower one and a moderately-paced one, so runners of all speeds and experience are welcome.

Meet us outside of the Hilton Garden Inn. Don't be late!

Small Developer Morning Meetup
9:00 AM - 10:30 AM . CADILLAC CAFE @ DOH

A gathering of developers and aspiring developers interested in building smaller scale/incremental urban projects. Rookies, come and find a mentor, expand your network, and reduce your learning curve! Seasoned developers, come and help rookies avoid your mistakes.

Grab breakfast beforehand or bring it with you to the Cadillac Cafe, right off Broadway in the Detroit Opera House.

Build Bazaar

Build Bazaar is a rotating pop-up marketplace celebrating emerging entrepreneurs from our Build Institute programs. From artisanal candles and soap, to fresh baked goods and handmade wares, every event will feature an exciting and diverse range of local vendors. Shop the bazaar and support the small business economy in Detroit!

5 Cent Help Booth
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM . DETROIT BEER CO.

Details coming soon

Brought to you by CNU NextGen.

Evening Events

Chapter Block Party

Come join other CNU members working in your area at the first Annual Chapter Block Party. Chat with other Chapter members in a temporarily activated outdoor space while unwinding over a drink.

Deep Dive Detroit: Dinner & Dialogue (CNU Edition)

Please join us for a special evening of robust conversation over dinner at the new Urban Consulate in Detroit. Led by community planner Lauren Hood of Live6 Alliance, Dinner & Dialogue allows conference attendees the opportunity to discuss the Detroit story with actual Detroiters. Enjoy a family-style Creole meal prepared by a local Detroit chef with New Orleans roots. Commune with small business owners, artists & activists as we engage in an open dialogue about where Detroit is, how we got here, and where we're going!

Seating is limited. Menu & directions will be emailed to guests in advance.

Tickets: $75 per person. Registration site coming soon!

PlaceMakers | Farr Dance Party
9:00 PM - 12:00 AM . LEVEL 2 ROOFTOP, 535 MONROE AVE

DJ: PlaceMakahs and Farrside.

Evening Events @ Detroit Beer Co.

Pecha Kucha
7:00 PM - 8:15 PM . DETROIT BEER CO.

CNU Partners with Pecha Kucha Detroit for an evening of talks that address this year’s Congress theme, "The Transforming City." Interested in presenting? Read the full announcement HERE.

Debate Night
8:30 PM - 10:00 PM . DETROIT BEER CO.

The Debates are keeping to their edgy roots. Loud music: check. Audience voting: check. Snarky panel: check. Oh, and beer. A hardcore mashup of Oxford Debating meets American Idol. Match-ups to be announced soon.

Brought to you by Strong Towns and CNU NextGen.

Saturday | June 11

Morning Events

Riverside Drive Road Diet

Riverside Drive, once a thriving commercial street separating downtown Windsor from the Detroit River Waterfront, is now utilized by speedy motorists as a quick way to move across the City of Windsor. Recently the subject of debate, turning this four-lane highway of sorts into safer and more comfortable place for people has offered an immense challenge to Windsor’s urban planners hoping to better connect the city centre with a world class riverfront park.

The Windsor Region Society of Architects in association with the City of Windsor and the Downtown Farmers Market will leverage tactical urbanism to calm traffic on Riverside drive and reactive the space for pedestrians, cyclists and merchants. Demonstrating that a street can function as a both a corridor for transportation while accommodating other users, the road diet will reactive Riverside Drive for a day with tactical urbanism demonstrations, opportunities to participate in the construction of guerilla street furniture and play host to a pop-up farmers market.

In-The-Field Tour: Documenting Detroit's Missing Middle Housing
9:00 AM - 12:30 PM . LOCATION TBD

Explore the West Village and Indian Village Neighborhoods on foot and complete documentation of Missing Middle Housing types including duplexes, fourplexes, multiplexes, and some unique townhouse configurations. We will complete photographic and sketch documentation while discussing the following: location of types within blocks and neighborhoods; ; typical lot sizes and associated densities; and unit sizes and layout of rooms. In addition we will discuss the important role of these types in providing diverse housing choices and revitalizing Detroit’s neighborhoods. This exercise will leave you with the tools and knowledge to explore and document other Missing Middle Housing throughout Detroit or in your communities and to add them to the national database. This session will take public transit to the location and back, likely sharing a cold drink at one of the local establishments to wrap up the discussions.

For links to interactive Missing Middle maps, hashtags, and instructions to collect Missing Middle photos while in Detroit visit cnu24.opticosdesign.com.