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The CNU 25.Seattle will be updated as new sessions are confirmed. Please check back regularly for the most up-to-date schedule.

Tour: Seattle Satellite Town Spurs NW Coastal Renewal
7:30 AM - 7:30 PM

From the Gold Rush to the Tech Revolution, the Pacific Northwest has long been known for its boomtown growth patterns. In this tour, participants will explore Seabrook, WA, a planned community that has added a rush of New Urbanist tourism to Grays Harbor County, WA’s natural resource–based economy. Seabrook aims to revive traditional town-building in a scenic location nestled between the Pacific coast and Olympic National Park, providing a new vision for sustainable prosperity and civic pride in a region shaped by both boom and bust throughout its history.

Stephen G. Poulakos, Director of Town Development, Seabrook Land Company / Laurence Qamar, Principal, Laurence Qamar Architecture & Town Planning Co. / Casey Roloff, Town Co-Founder, Town of Seabrook /

Seattle Small Development Seminar
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM

This seminar is a highly condensed version of our one-day workshop. For reference, you can find a course overview and more information about our workshops and who should attend here.

This event is organized by the Incremental Development Alliance. Register at

John Anderson, Principal, Anderson|Kim Architecture + Urban Design / Jim Kumon, Executive Director, Incremental Development Alliance /

Tuesday Welcome Reception
5:00 PM - 6:00 PM

5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Pick up your badge, bag, and printed program at the Registration Desk and interact with exhibitors in the Grand Lobby of the Benaroya Hall.

Combating the Suburbanization of Poverty
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

The increasing suburbanizing poverty in the Puget Sound basin has been well-documented but the implications on regional equity and social justice are less clear. This event will explore regional and national solutions to this critical issue.

This trend in destabilization and relocation has only intensified as the area economy has soared. As prosperous newcomers flock to the urban core, tremendous strains are placed on struggling families and communities, pushing more toward suburban communities where poverty alleviation services are weak, commute times are long, and social fabric may be thin. Even more nascent is a coordinated response on the part of key actors from the public, private, civic, and philanthropic sectors.

Join local and national experts as they describe suburbanizing poverty regionally, explore implications on governance and service provision, and find common ground in advancing pro-equity development in the face of economic dislocation. Local leaders from Seattle and Tukwila will share how they see impacts and trends and national experts will shine light on how to strengthen housing, jobs, policies, businesses and economic opportunities for low-income residents and communities of color.

Welcoming panelists and audience is nationally known singer and performer, Chenoa Egawa, a ceremonial leader and environmental activist, who will ground the discussion in the local culture and traditions.

This Congress kick-off event is free and open to the public.

Scott Bernstein, President, Center for Neighborhood Technology / Chenoa Egawa, Ceremonial leader, Singer,Environmental Activist and Artist, Coast Salish / Charles Ellison, Washington Correspondent , The Philadelphia Tribune / Elizabeth Kneebone, Fellow, Metropolitan Policy Program, Brookings Institute / De'Sean Quinn, Water Quality Planner and Project Manager, King County Department of Natural Resources and Parks /

7:30 AM - 7:00 PM

Pick up your badge, bag, and printed program at the Registration Desk and interact with exhibitors in the Grand Lobby of the Benaroya Hall.

Orientation Breakfast for First-Time Attendees
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM

First-time attendees are invited to participate in this informational orientation breakfast. Leaders of the Congress for the New Urbanism will guide you through Congress events and sessions.

The Tactical Urbanist's Guide to Civic Engagement, Materials & Street Design
9:00 AM - 10:15 AM

Communities around the world are embracing an incremental approach and grassroots energy to plan and implement neighborhood improvement projects. A persistent challenge in the pursuit of short-term street redesign projects involves materiality and guidance for implementation. This breakout session shares the latest research in temporary street demonstration projects, their materiality, and the policies that help inform them. The session will discuss standardized guidance for design, materials, and safe implementation of common urban design pilot projects (crosswalks, curb extensions, bikeways, plazas etc.), especially as they relate to achieving street safety goals like those outlined in Vision Zero. Participants will discuss how demonstration projects should be integrated with the public planning process, and can help inform the policies that create pilot projects. The session panel will share standards for process, design, and materials, allowing city departments and community groups to “speak the same language” and collaborate on pilot projects that improve the streets and neighborhoods in their communities. Case studies will include ongoing projects in Burlington, Vermont and Miami-Dade County.

Anthony T. Garcia, Principal, The Street Plans Collaborative / Mike Lydon, Principal, The Street Plans Collaborative /

Core: The Principles of New Urbanism
9:00 AM - 10:30 AM

New urbanists measure success by aligning practical strategies with the principles most identified with places people love. Andres Duany, one of the founders of the movement, talks about the components of community, the failure of post-WWII planning to deliver them, and what new urbanists have learned about restoring relationships between planning, design, and great places.

Andrés Duany, Principal, DPZ Partners /

202 Workshop: Pro-Equity Development Training
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Inclusivity. Fairness. Healing. This three (3) hour workshop builds the sensitivities and competencies to reveal and address equity considerations and opportunities in planning communities of all scales. The session starts with a short exercise in cultural competency then walks you through the steps of equity considerations. The project moves the audience towards a holistic and inclusive model for framing and driving toward a pro-equity approach to design and planning a project. Case studies and table exercises push participants to build competencies in equity assessment, inclusive engagement, equity impact review, and the array of design and development considerations that bear on equity outcomes.

Session objectives are to develop and strengthen:

  1. Competencies in designing, fostering, and facilitating inclusive, cross-sector community development processes
  2. Analytic proficiencies for scoping and measuring distributional equity
  3. Conceptual understanding of the key elements of cross-generational equity
  4. Future proofing zoning codes to support the achievement of the projects goals (where necessary)

Richard Gelb, ‎Performance Management Lead, ‎King County Department of Natural Resources and Parks / Patti Southard, ‎Program Manager, King County GreenTools /

202 Workshop: Community-Oriented Housing
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Between developer-driven housing and resident-driven cohousing lies a market that is not being tapped. Across all age groups there is a rising desire for community-oriented living, especially in walkable neighborhoods, yet the demand is left unmet. On one hand, developers of incremental small-scale residential projects can be skittish about getting involved with community dynamics, leaving the new residents on their own to figure out the community part. On the other hand, pioneering cohousing wannabees are trudging through a grueling process of land acquisition, entitlement, financing, site planning, design and construction — with many falling to the wayside before opening day. There is a middle path to delivering socially healthy community housing.

In this engaging session, three designer-developers will share their stories and insights about designing and developing community-oriented housing models at varying sizes and transect locations. They will outline the design elements of small-scale pocket neighborhoods that foster healthy, engaged communities while preserving the need for personal space. They will demystify the soft side of creating community so it becomes more approachable by developers. In breakout groups, participants will use their new understanding to design community-oriented housing in both infill settings and larger sites, and then reflect together on key design patterns.

Ross Chapin, Principal, Ross Chapin Architects / Grace H. Kim, Architect and Principal, Schemata Workshop / Eli Spevak, Developer and Principal, Orange Splot LLC /

202 Workshop: Project for Code Reform Workshop
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM

Seattle is known for its expertise in entrepreneurial ideas and methods. Lean Codes and the CNU Project for Code Reform seriously up equity and social justice in an innovative urban way. We'll start the on-site workshop with reviewing the barriers to development through the Seattle zoning code with input from the City of Seattle’s Planning Department. We’ll review lean code approaches with the goal of facilitating equitable, walkable development. Then we’ll head out on a walking tour through Downtown to assess what it takes to get urbanism right: What are the most critical frontage issues? How do we incentivize redevelopment with the fewest barriers to entry?

We will consider the surrounding walkable, livable neighborhoods for inspiration. We’ll end the walking tour, which will serve as our studio for the afternoon. Here, we’ll develop urban triage solutions that can be built into the Seattle code, review form-based code typical regulations, and develop a map to delineate where S, M, L, XL solutions make sense along A-Grid + B-Grid. At the end of the day, each group will present studio work to the faculty and locals for critique. We’ll wrap up the day discussing common pitfalls.

Hazel Borys, Managing Principal, PlaceMakers / Susan Henderson, AIA, LEED AP, CNU-A, Principal, PlaceMakers LLC / Jennifer Hurley, AICP, NJPP, CNU-A, President & CEO, Hurley-Franks & Associates / Marina Khoury, Partner, DPZ Partners / Matthew Lambert, Partner, DPZ Partners /

OI: Multimodal Transportation: New Solutions to Old Problems
10:45 AM - 12:00 PM

These days, we almost take for granted a sustained effort to challenge the status quo of transportation planning and design. New ideas are being minted all the time, and, at least in our large to mid-size cities, traffic engineering departments are getting wise to the benefits encouraging more active modes of transportation. This session highlights new thinking and new approaches in transportation planning, including ways to accelerate the implementation of bicycle boulevards, to employ new interactive tools for better street design at all scales, and to characterize cycling types and their influence on the built environment.

Presenters will also examine once far-off transportation concepts, such as autonomous vehicles, urban gondolas, and integrated mobility hubs. This session fundamentally challenges how we get around now and into the 21st century, and what opportunities new technologies and new thinking creates.

Sharon Feigon, Executive Director, Shared-Use Mobility Center / William Lieberman, Transportation Planning Coordinator , CHS Consulting Group / Aaron Lubeck, Director, Durham Bicycle Boulevards / Don Miskiman, Associate Professor, University of the Fraser Valley / Kelly Rodgers, Executive Director, Streetsmart, / Chris Saleeba, Senior Associate, Alta Planning + Design / Erin Tarkington, Vice President, RCLCO, Urban Development Group /

Core: Equitable Transit-Oriented Development
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

As the demand for walkable, transit-connected places grows, Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) is one of the most effective tools municipalities and transit agencies can use to increase density, provide affordable housing, and improve land values. Equitable TOD can help communities remain attractive, build sustainability, and make it easier for people to get around. This session takes a deep dive into existing TOD case studies and research—including market analysis, value creation, and value capture—to uncover the most important steps for equitable transit-oriented development.

Shelley R. Poticha, Director, Urban Solutions, Urban Program, Natural Resource Defense Council /

12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

Lunch on your own. Stroll through Pike's Place Market, visit the food trucks at Westlake Park, or dine in nearby Pioneer Square. Or if you're in a hurry, grab lunch in the Benaroya's cafe area.

Core: Climate Change & Urban Heat Islands
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Climate change is a long-term planetary problem that is qualitatively and quantitatively unprecedented. Cities have long played a central role in human survival and evolution, and will continue to do so as we combat climate change. Despite the fact that mixed-use, walkable, transit-served cities in developed nations have lower carbon footprints per person than their hinterlands, Urban Heat Islands are heating up cities twice as fast as climate change, potentially deterring people from moving to or staying in cities. And in developing nations, cities have lower birth rates than rural areas, thereby reducing the earth's total carbon footprint. Fortunately, addressing UHIs simultaneously reduces climate change. Because they are a more immediate, manageable challenge, people are more inclined to address UHIs, thereby rallying them in the war against climate change. This timely session illustrates how cities and towns can address Urban Heat Islands.

Doug S. Kelbaugh, FAIA, Professor of Architecture and Urban Planning, Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning, University of Michigan /

Tour: Greatest Hits: Chart Toppers and Heart-Stoppers
1:00pm - 3:00 pm

It’s a new riff on the city as we focus on the construction, context, and culture which shaped our skyline, from golden oldies like Kirtland Cutter’s Rainier Club to popular favorites like the Rem Koolhaas’ asymmetric, cantilevered Central Library. You’ll develop an appreciation for the social forces which shaped Seattle and our built environment. Featured stops include the Fifth & Madison Condominium/901 Fifth Avenue Plaza and Seattle City Hall.

This tour is in partnership with the Seattle Architecture Foundation.

Tour: Reimagining Seattle’s Waterfront
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

In this tour, Congress attendees will examine the progress and vision of Waterfront Seattle, a multi-year program to transform Seattle’s waterfront following the removal of the Alaskan Way Viaduct. Spanning from Pioneer Square to Belltown, the project area includes new park space, improved connections to and from downtown, a new surface street, access to Elliott Bay, and a rebuilt Elliott Bay Seawall. Led by the director of the Office of the Waterfront, participants will discuss design efforts to capitalize on view opportunities, project partners like the historic Pike Place Market, and the challenges and opportunities of removing an elevated highway to open up a waterfront.

Marshall Foster, Director, Office of the Waterfront, City of Seattle /

Tour: Columbia City - a Streetcar Suburb Transformed
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

One of the nation's most ethnically diverse communities, Columbia City is a historically Hispanic streetcar suburb undergoing a light rail-driven transformation and a mixed-income development boom. Explore this fast-changing district where over 59 languages spoken, from the new HOPE VI project at Rainier Vista to the reemerging Columbia City Farmer's Market, on a community- and people-focused tour led by local business leaders, developers, and residents.

Rob Mohn, de facto Mayor, Columbia City /

Tour: Pocket Neighborhoods Near Seattle
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Pocket Neighborhoods are small clusters of houses or apartments arranged around garden courtyards, pedestrian streets, and indoor atriums. Located beyond a front gate but off the street, their shared common areas offer a safe space for spontaneous conversations, children’s play, gardening, and community potlucks. Whether in single housing clusters on infill sites, or sub-neighborhoods within larger mixed-use developments, their sociable scale make them building blocks for engaged, resilient communities.

In this tour, participants will visit two pocket neighborhood communities near Seattle that pioneered this new prototype for housing development. Along the way, we’ll learn about historic precedents, the zoning and approval pathways that enable such projects, and the key design patterns that make them successful.

*This tour dovetails with a morning 202 Workshop on Community-Oriented Housing.

Ross Chapin, Principal, Ross Chapin Architects / Karen DeLucas, Associate, Ross Chapin Architects /

Beyond the Charrette: Connecting to Communities & Empowering Everyday Citizens
1:30 PM - 2:45 PM

While the theoretical concept of the charrette is one that most New Urbanist practitioners embrace, the devil is inevitably in the details. Too often, community engagement in design and (re)development processes is relegated to uninspired public presentations or meaningless community events. This session brings together innovative community engagement practitioners to discuss ways to connect design with the communities it impacts, in ways and at times well beyond the charrette.

Full description coming soon.

Mallory Baches, Urban Designer, The Civic Hub, The Civic Hub / Anthony T. Garcia, Principal, The Street Plans Collaborative / Jenn Graham, CEO, Founder, Aha! Strategy, Civic Dinners / Gia Hamilton, Founder, Director, Gris Gris Lab, Joan Mitchell Center /

202 Workshop: A Practitioner’s Guide to Street Design
1:30 PM - 4:30 PM

How can you adopt (or create) a street design manual for your community that helps create beautiful, safe, and delightful streets? And is a better manual really the answer to your city’s street design problems? This hands-on session takes participants out into the field to explore these questions and become familiar with streets that could benefit from a redesign.

Participants learn directly from experts of innovative street design manuals, specifically the forthcoming Practitioner’s Guide: A CSS Approach to Multimodal Thoroughfare Design. These manuals serve as the best tools for creating more pedestrian-friendly streets. Participants will apply their new knowledge to streets in Seattle from the site visit.

Andrew Bauer, Senior Planner, City of Redmond / Dongho Chang, City Traffic Engineer , City of Seattle / Paul Moore, PE, Principal, Nelson\Nygaard /

202 Workshop: Art Room — Architectural Design Techniques of Classic European Urbanism
1:30 PM - 4:30 PM

Have you strolled the historic centers of cities in Europe and marveled at the exquisite character of the built environment? Have you wondered how building after building was designed to such a consistently high degree of excellence and harmony – from the large urban forms, down to the small details?

Would you like to know how to employ these design techniques today? Prepare to roll up your sleeves! Together during this guided, highly interactive hands-on workshop, we will explore the specific physical design techniques employed by architects to achieve these stunning results.

As a group, we will learn to design and draw building façades that work together to form a harmonious urban space. Participants will each choose a building site in a small urban ensemble. We will then proceed to learn and test key principles by designing and drawing our building’s façades. We will methodically progress step-by-step: from the design of overall building massing, to the articulation of building elements, and then to the choice and arrangement of architectural details. Each participant will have the opportunity to draw a complete building façade.

Then as a group we will combine our completed building façades side-by-side to observe the important ways they all work together to form a single unified public space!

(Note: Drawing tools and materials will be provided. Participants of all skill levels are welcome! No prior drawing experience is required!)

James Dougherty, Director of Design, Dover, Kohl & Partners Planning /

202 Workshop: Utilizing Affordable Housing to Catalyze TOD
1:30 PM - 4:30 PM

In the world of Transit Oriented Development, “build it and they will come,” is not always an accurate prediction of the future. Quite often the ambitious plans for redevelopment at new or expected transit stations drawn up by cities and towns fail to gain traction in the marketplace even when it is proposed as part of a corridor improvement program into which the municipality has committed funding.

Interestingly, the construction of affordable housing can sometimes be the instrument to catalyze the municipally proposed redevelopment at the same time as it provides homes for those unable to afford market rate units. If the affordable housing is designed with the architectural and urban quality imagined for the whole of the redevelopment, i.e., if it is designed help create ‘place’ by establishing walkable streets, and livable public place, then it can provide the catalyst for market rate development to occur later. Moreover, unlike the Not in My Back Yard objections that often greets proposers of affordable housing in established neighborhoods, there are usually few neighbors to object in such redevelopment areas, and therefore entitlement can be swifter.

This workshop will examine examples of completed and ongoing efforts across the U.S. Participates will apply lessons from the workshop in a classroom exercise.

Murphy V. Antoine, Jr, AIA, AICP, Architect/Urban Designer, Torti Gallas and Partners / Neal Payton, AIA, Principal, Torti Gallas and Partners, Inc. / Stan Wall, Partner, HR&A Advisors /

Core: Street Networks & Connectivity
2:15 PM - 3:15 PM

Street networks are the backbone upon which we build complete and connected communities. Well-connected street networks not only accommodate a region's access and mobility needs, but also help determine the location, type, and form of land development. These days the skills needed to design street networks are no longer part of the typical repertoire of engineers and planners in America. This session explores the history, art, and key characteristics of the well-design street networks and discusses how these characteristics work in tandem to reduce household costs, traffic injuries, and greenhouse gas emissions.

Norman W. Garrick, Associate Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Connecticut /

Public Event: Autonomous Vehicles & the Good City
3:15 PM - 4:30 PM

Autonomous vehicles (AVs) have the potential to be either a boon or a burden to our cities. Walkable City author Jeff Speck lays out rules intended to ease the pain and increase the pleasure of the eventual AV proliferation.

This session is open to the public.

Jeff B. Speck, CNU-A, AICP, LEED AP, Honorary ASLA, Principal, Speck & Associates LLC /

Core: The Region
3:30 PM - 4:30 PM

The last half century has seen the rise of a social and commercial geography that fuses town, city, and suburb into a new but unresolved order—the metropolitan region. To many, it's clear that the economic building blocks of the global economy are regions—not nations, states, or cities. It's equally clear that many of our environmental challenges—air and water quality, habitat restoration, and farmland preservation—are regional in scope. Urban thought-leader and CNU co-founder Peter Calthorpe shares his framework for the 21st-century metropolitan region, drawing on 30+ years of national and international practice.

Peter Calthorpe, Principal, Calthorpe Associates /

Opening Plenary / CNU & ULI / Economic & Political View from Washington: The First 100 Days of the Trump Administration
5:00 PM - 6:30 PM

April 29, just a few days prior to the start of CNU 25.Seattle and ULI’s Spring Meeting, will mark the 100th day of the Trump administration. Considered a benchmark by which to measure the early achievements of a president, the first 100 days also provide clues to the direction an administration will likely pursue for the remainder of the presidential term. Join CNU and Urban Land Institute (ULI) us for an analysis of the economic policies of the first 100 days, a discussion of what’s expected next, and a look at how this will influence real estate and land use going forward.

Chapter Meet-Ups
6:30 PM - 9:00 PM

Looking to connect with other CNU members and like-minded professionals locally? Take the time to mingle over drinks at one of several Chapter Meet-Ups across Seattle's Capitol Hill neighborhood.

CNU Florida & CNU Atlanta

Elysian Capitol Hill Brewery

1211 E. Pike Street, Seattle, WA 98122
CNU New England & CNU DC

Sam’s Tavern

1024 E. Pike Street, Seattle, WA 98122
CNU Cascadia

Oddfellows Café & Bar

1525 10th Avenue, Seattle WA 98122
CNU New York


1530 11th Ave, Seattle, WA 98122
CNU Central Texas

Optimism Brewing Company

1158 Broadway, Seattle, WA 98122
Running With Urbanists
7:00 AM - 8:00 AM

Bring your running shoes and join your fellow urbanists for a no-drop morning run around Central Seattle. Don't worry: you'll get back 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.

John Simmerman, Co-Founder, President & CEO, Active Towns /

7:30 AM - 7:00 PM

Pick up your badge, bag, and printed program at the Registration Desk and interact with exhibitors in the Grand Lobby of the Benaroya Hall.

8:00 AM - 9:00 AM

Enjoy a continental breakfast in the stunning Grand Lobby of Benaroya Hall.

Tour: Pike/Pine Retail District
8:00 AM - 10:00 AM

Framed by historic buildings and a revitalizing waterfront, Downtown Seattle is one of the America’s most successful urban retail shopping districts. This fast-paced tour will explore the Sixth Avenue-Pike Street corridor, highlighting its successes in planning, design, and merchandising. Participants will learn about the latest trends in storefront design, visual merchandising, signage, lighting, parking, streetscaping, and parking management. Expert tour leaders will explain easy-to-use strategies with a focus on applications for growing downtowns and new town centers.

Robert Gibbs, President, Gibbs Planning Group / Terry Shook, FAIA, Founding Partner and Principal, Shook Kelley, Inc. /

Tour: Bellevue's Grand Connection
8:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Located across Lake Washington from Seattle, the city of Bellevue is undergoing a transformation from a bedroom suburb to a walkable retail, business, and employment nexus. In this tour, participants will explore the Grand Connection, a pedestrian-oriented corridor linking the Lake Washington waterfront to Old Bellevue, the Downtown Park, retail areas, transit stations, and City Hall. From Bellevue, attendees will walk along the planned Grand Connection route with an option to eat lunch locally in Bellevue near City Hall.

Bradley Calvert, Community Development Program Manager, City of Bellevue /

Tour: Big Time Revitalization of a Small City Downtown
8:00 AM - 1:00 PM

How does a suburban city embark on one of the most successful and ambitious suburban retrofits in the nation? In 2006, the City of Bothell, WA began a major downtown revitalization project to capitalize and expand on its existing downtown assets with new public and private investment well in excess of $650 million.

Participants will spend the morning seeing Bothell’s amazing ongoing transformation with several of the key planners who have led the effort. Tour a brand new multiway boulevard lined with mixed-use housing, walk through the recently opened renovation of a historic school into an expansive McMenamins hotel and brewpub campus, observe the realignment of a state highway that freed up acres of downtown land for new development, stroll along a newly daylit creek, see and hear about the creation of a new library and city hall and additional public and private development projects underway, and learn about the successful community-driven planning efforts undertaken and what the future has in store for the City of Bothell going forward.

Dave Boyd, Senior Planner, City of Bothell / Steve Morikawa, Capital Division Manager, City of Bothell / Gregory Tung, Principal, Freedman Tung & Sasaki /

A Future Without Urban Freeways
9:00 AM - 10:15 AM

For four decades New Urbanists have targeted select Freeways Without Futures with demolition and boulevard conversion. Now a technological sea change of vehicle-sharing, remote work, and virtual socialization among younger generations has moved us beyond the era of Peak Highway and will provide us with the opportunity to reconsider the presence of all highways in urban areas.

Join our panelists to widen your perspective from a focus on the boulevard to the investigation of effective political coalitions, the design of livable infrastructure that a post-car, shared mobility age requires, and the policy frameworks we will need to leverage the highways of today into the foundational infrastructure of tomorrow.

Andrew Faulker, Urban Designer, Van Meter Williams Pollack LLP / Patrick Kennedy, Founding Partner, Space Between Design Studio / Ian Lockwood, Livable Transportation Engineer, Toole Design Group / Chris Sensenig, Urban Designer, Van Meter Williams Pollack LLP /

Majestic Canopies & the Hidden Life of Street Trees
9:00 AM - 10:15 AM

Some of the most beautiful streets in the world are shaped by magnificent allées, from Parisian boulevards to American Main Streets. Yet New Urbanists know well how hard it can be to build streets like those today. Landscape architects, architects, arborists, and engineers frequently conspire to stop them. In this session, we will look at how to counter the counter-arguments and how to select and plant healthy street trees that will make streets as beautiful as the historic examples we all admire. That includes looking at some secret principles of historic streets that few remember today.

Ann B. Daigle, Urban Regeneration - Design & Strategy , The CityBuilding Exchange / Douglas Duany, Professor of the Practice, University of Notre Dame / John Massengale, Principal, Massengale & Co LLC / Prisca Weems /

The Next Baby Boom: The Future of Families in Cities
9:00 AM - 10:15 AM

The convergence of the childless households of the nation’s two largest generations provided the impetus for the revival of Downtowns and in-town neighborhoods at every scale following the turn of the century. The inevitable family households that Millennials create will challenge us to show the viability of urban neighborhoods for families; in fact, it is an opportunity to demonstrate the superiority of walkable environments as places to raise happy and self-assured children. However, the collective acknowledgment of this demand may not come in time to develop sufficiently affordable solutions unless efforts are made today to address such issues.

Steve Gillespie, Parents for a Better Downtown Seattle / Jennifer Griffin, Founding Principal, J Griffin Design, LLC / Emily Hoober George, Chair, Parents for a Better Downtown Seattle / Priya Madrecki, Senior Manager of Strategic Communications, KaBOOM! /

Art Room — Charrette Drawing Techniques
9:00 AM - 10:15 AM

The ability to quickly communicate ideas visually is a key skill for participating in the fast-paced charrette design process. Learn charrette drawing techniques used by leading New Urbanist practitioners to quickly and collaboratively explore and express design ideas.

Forum: Design Aesthetics of Equity
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

How can new buildings both serve and reflect the communities in which they are built? What role can planners and existing communities play in challenging economic and cultural displacement? How can planners and designers increase equity and opportunity through the built environment? How can existing communities engage in the design process so that their history with and experience of place can inform the evolution of the neighborhoods in which they live?

This session will explore the concepts of design for equity, culturally responsive design, and nurturing community alliances in a collaborative pin-up environment. Three projects in different regions of the country and stages of implementation will provide working examples for discussion. Participants will have an opportunity to work directly with project developers and design teams to share ideas on process, design and measures of success.

Carey Dagliano-Holmes, Senior Associate, Weber Thompson / Stefanos Polyzoides, Principal, Moule & Polyzoides Architects & Urbanists / Jeff Reibman, Principal, Weber Thompson /

Expert Talks
9:00 AM - 5:30 PM

A day and a half of programming discussing the future trends and ideas of citybuilding. These talks will inspire, challenge, and excite CNU members and Congress attendees about the next 25 years of New Urbanism.

  • Jeff Risom / Partner, Gehl / Inclusive Public Spaces
  • Elizabeth Christoforetti / Design Director & Founder, Supernormal / Big Data, Small Places
  • Lisa Picard / COO, ‎Equity Office Properties / Visualizing Place w/ Mixed Reality
  • Jarrett Walker / President, Jarrett Walker + Associates / 7 Principles of a Transit City
  • Jonathan F.P. Rose / President, Jonathan Rose Companies LLC / Our Collective Future
  • Dhiru Thadani / Architect + Urbanist / Small Town Urbanism
  • Andres Duany & Paul Crabtree / Adaptation: The Next 100 Years

Master of Ceremonies: Todd Zimmerman, Principal, Zimmerman/Volk Associates, Inc. /

Tour: Architecture 101: Windows on Seattle’s Style
10:00am - 12:00pm

Is God really in the details? Find out as we focus on design elements of buildings ranging from English Gothic to Brutalism and from Beaux Arts to Modernism. Construction techniques, trends in aesthetics and functional considerations of windows and views contributed to these structures. You will explore how the use and incorporation of glass reflects changing societal trends. Featured stops include the Financial Center, the Plymouth Congregational Church and the Fairmont Olympic Hotel.

This tour is done in partnership with the Seattle Architecture Foundation.

RIP LOS: Protecting the Environment Trumps Protecting Auto Travel
10:45 AM - 12:00 PM

This session would highlight how changes in transportation performance measures such as the switch from LOS to VMT in California due to Senate Bill (SB) 743 are influencing urban design and environmental outcomes.

Chris Ganson, Senior Planner, California Governor's Office of Planning and Research / Ronald T. Milam, Director of Evolving the Status Quo, Fehr & Peers / Chris Yake, Senior Transportation Planner, Policy & Planning, City of Seattle /

Does Your Zoning Implement Your Policy Direction?
10:45 AM - 12:00 PM

As an implementation tool, form-based zoning responds directly to the community’s policy direction to express different priorities by geographic location. Learn how to use the various components within one code to regulate and generate the community vision across very different areas with different expectations. For example, a corridor with high expectations will tend to use most or all of the code’s components and have more detailed regulations while a corridor with modest expectations will tend to use fewer of those components and have less detailed regulations. Join an interactive discussion where leading practitioners discuss ways to respond to community needs and priorities for the next 25 years.

Tony Perez, Director of Form-Based Coding, Opticos Design /

Art Room — Evocative Color and Light
10:45 AM - 12:00 PM

Emotion sells! Learn how to use dramatic color and lighting schemes to magnify the emotional impact of your design illustrations. We will focus on how to emulate the powerful ambiance of urban environments seen at various times of the day and night.

Addressing the Immigration & Homeless Crises: Settlement, Resettlement & Integration
10:45 AM - 12:30 PM

The European refugee migration crisis could well be the biggest settlement challenge of our time and one only likely to get worse with climate change. At the same time, in the US homeless populations have grown considerably over the years. Both populations experience unique needs, which properly addressed, can allow them to integrate successfully into societies.

Moderated by CNU founder Elizabeth Moule, this session will examine both crises, as there are lessons linking both challenges. What are the ways in which refugees can be meaningfully served immediately? How can new migrants interweave into already settled places over the long run and how do we make sustainable communities that can serve multiple populations that will inevitably shift over the decades? What lessons can be learned from the history of neighborhood settlements such as Testaccio in Rome? What opportunities exist for established countries like Italy or Greece? How, along with addressing the mental and physical health issues of the homeless, can cities provide emergency, transitional and affordable housing in conjunction with other services to get people off the streets and into homes?

Michael Lykoudis, Francis and Kathleen Rooney Dean of the School of Architecture, University of Notre Dame / Ettore Maria Mazzola, Associate Professor of the Practice, Rome, University of Notre Dame / Elizabeth Moule, Principal, Moule & Polyzoides Architects & Urbanists / Daniel Solomon, Principal, Mithun | Solomon /

Tour: Walkable South Lake Union—A Neighborhood Transformed
11:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Participants in this tour will explore South Lake Union, a once-sleepy commercial and industrial district that has undergone a profound transformation into a diverse, walkable hub for tech giants like Amazon and the biotech-focused Allen Institutes. Discussion items will include strategies for creating successful mixed use neighborhoods, attracting Millennials and highly-educated workers, integrating a new streetcar, using the right-of-way for more than transportation, achieving LEED-ND certification, and creating a new urban boulevard.

12:00 PM - 2:30 PM

Lunch on your own. Stroll through Pike's Place Market, visit the food trucks at Westlake Park, or dine in nearby Pioneer Square. Or if you're in a hurry, grab lunch in the Benaroya's cafe area.

If you're participating in a member-led session, remember these start promptly at 1:00 PM. Keep in mind that you're not allowed to bring food into our meeting rooms.

Member-Led: Working for the Common Good: Finding the Intersection of Faith, Community, & Design + Christian Caucus
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

The session will discuss the intersection of faith, faith communities and design professionals in shaping the built environment for the Common Good. Set within a historical context, the presenters will illustrate how faith-motivated designers, churches and other faith communities can positively impact the built environment by seeking the “shalom” of the neighborhood. The illustrations will include historic examples and a case study of the Third Church Charrette. (Hosted by the CNU Members Christian Caucus).

Christopher Miller, Professor, Judson University / Andrew Moore, Principal & Director of the Urban Architecture Studio, Glavé & Holmes Architecture / Michael Watkins, AIA, AICP, NCARB, LEED AP, CNU-A, Architect, Michael Watkins Architect, LLC /

Member-Led: UrbanFootprint: Software for Sustainable Urban Design
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

The future of our cities is the future of our society. UrbanFootprint informs their growth with information, design tools, and an expanding range of analysis. It provides a comprehensive data base, state-of-the-art urban design options, and facile scenario tools for projects, cities and regions. It shows real impacts in real time, integrating environmental, social, and economic analysis into the decision making and approval process.

UrbanFootprint can be used at many scales for many users. It supports projects at telescoping scales from infill sites and local neighborhood strategies to corridor, district, city and regional policy and master plans. Learn how you can apply this tool from its creators.

Peter Calthorpe, Principal, Calthorpe Associates / Joe DiStefano, ‎Principal & Co-Founder, Calthorpe Analytics /

Member-Led: Urban Landscape Council
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

The fourth annual Urban Landscape Council (ULC) will be moderated by Stephanie Bothwell, ASLA, Stephanie Bothwell Urban and Landscape Design ( and Tom Comitta, ASLA, Thomas Comitta Associates. The purpose of the ULC is to advocate for great urban landscape design, education and policy. This year, we are joined by Stephen Poulakos, Seabrook Director of Town Planning, who will discuss the role of landscape design and planning in new urbanist communities.

This follows on his all day Seabrook tour that occurred on Tuesday. Preview his projects at,, and Along with other topics, we will discuss the CNU Climate Change Initiative in anticipation of Saturday’s session.

Stephanie Bothwell, ASLA, Principal, Stephanie Bothwell Urban & Landscape Design / Stephen G. Poulakos, Director of Town Development, Seabrook Land Company /

Tour: 19th & 21st Century Infrastructure – Fitting Modern Infrastructure in Historic Districts
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Walk Seattle’s original neighborhood, Pioneer Square, and witness the fusion of modern transportation and the community’s historic character. See recent interventions that meet in the middle, including a new bike rack, reimagined alleys, and creative ADA retrofits. Learn how the 1st Ave Streetcar is working to quietly integrate into the neighborhood. Observe the challenges of ensuring a fully accessible community when nearly all of its sidewalks are hollow.

Jamie Lee, IDEA Space Program Manager, Seattle Chinatown International District Preservation and Development Authority / Carl Leighty, Public Realm Coordinator, Alliance for Pioneer Square / Maiko Winkler-Chin, Executive Director, Seattle Chinatown International District Preservation and Development Authority /

Tour: BelRed / Overlake TOD
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Participants on this tour will visit new transit-oriented communities in Bellevue and Redmond, two fast-changing suburbs with major plans for walkability, development, and high-tech economic growth. The tour includes the Spring District, a 36-acre mixed-use neighborhood with multi-use, office, and residential space adjacent to a light rail station, including the Global Innovation Exchange, a joint venture of the University of Washington, China’s Tsinghua University, and Microsoft, the future headquarters of REI. It ends at the future Redmond Technology Center station site adjacent to Microsoft’s main campus.

Andrew Bauer, Senior Planner, City of Redmond / Emil King, Strategic Planning Manager, City of Bellevue / John Marchione, Mayor, City of Redmond /

Tour: Seattle’s First 21st Century Community - High Point
2:00 PM - 6:00 PM

In Seattle's innovative green urban district of High Point, this tour will showcase how partnerships and great design came together to create a sustainable mixed-income community with 1,600 homes and 3,500 residents—and provide an unvarnished look at the unique challenges that surface when piloting new green technologies and strategies. Led by High Point's developer and civil engineer, participants will discuss topics include the area's 120-acre Natural Drainage System, green affordable housing, public health advances that enriched the site, partnerships with City agencies and local groups, and, crucially, the community outreach that included all High Point neighbors. A diverse panel of High Point residents and service providers will share their perspective on this mixed-income social experiment.

Tour: Documenting Medium-Density, House-Scale Building Types
2:00 PM - 6:00 PM

In Seattle, a growing awareness of the lack of Missing Middle Housing types like duplexes, fourplexes, bungalow courts, and live-work units has highlighted the nationwide mismatch between existing housing stock, changing demographics, and demand for walkability. In this tour, participants will explore and document Seattle’s Missing Middle Housing while discussing challenging affordability issues. The walk will present a chance to learn how to support these types through smart planning and zoning, and to understand barriers affecting the construction of new Missing Middle Housing.

Daniel Parolek, AIA, Principal, Opticos Design, Inc. / Linda Pruitt, President, The Cottage Company / Eli Spevak, Developer and Principal, Orange Splot LLC /

Next Generation Parking Strategies at All Scales
2:30 PM - 3:45 PM

Next Generation Parking Strategies balance supply and demand, identify parking availability, and provide systems that are user-friendly. These strategies are incorporating technologies and evolving as vehicle ownership decreases and users shift travel modes. Private and public entities are considering how to manage curb space as a whole to accommodate varying these shifts in travel models. In addition, decisions are increasingly being driven by data, allowing parking pricing to better align with demand to encourage turnover and improve predictability and availability throughout the day.

A strong parking program requires sound information and resources to maintain reliable access to parking and support businesses and the movement of people and goods. This session brings together transportation analysts, planners, and developers from the private and public sector to discuss how we are planning for parking in the future.

Alex Brennan, Capitol Hill Housing / Stefanie Herzstein, Senior Transportation Engineer, Transpo Group / Dan McKinney, Principal, Transpo Group / Daniel Rowe, Senior Transportation Planner, King County Metro Transit /

Zoning Stress Test
2:30 PM - 3:45 PM

Full description coming soon.

John Anderson, Principal, Anderson|Kim Architecture + Urban Design / Jim Kumon, Executive Director, Incremental Development Alliance /

The Intersection of Historic Preservation & New Urbanism: Building on the Past to Extend Walkable Places
2:30 PM - 3:45 PM

The demand for walkable, urban living is at an all time high yet nowhere does the supply meet the demand. Historic neighborhoods are bearing the brunt of increased density, threatening the very character that makes them successful. New Urbanists and preservationists share principles of human-scale walkability and local identity, making them natural allies for great future city-building. It is time the two joined forces to clearly demonstrate the “why, what and how” of protecting historic districts, building appropriate infill and replicating proven patterns of high quality, walkable urbanism. A high-powered panel explores the challenges, solutions and strategies of celebrating the old and extending characteristic new urbanism in New York City, Seattle and New Orleans.

Ann B. Daigle, Urban Regeneration - Design & Strategy , The CityBuilding Exchange / Lynn Ellsworth, President, Chair, Creative Strategy Group, Tribeca Trust / Pres Kabacoff, Executive Chairman of the Board , HRI, Inc, New Orleans / Mike Powe, Director of Research, Preservation Green Lab, National Trust for Historic Preservation / Steven W. Semes, Director, Notre Dame Graduate Studies for Historic Preservation and Author /

Art Room — Brand Design
2:30 PM - 3:45 PM

Well-designed branding gives your real estate project a strong identity in the minds of your audience. Learn steps to brainstorm your brand and then to how to communicate it with a powerful graphic brand message.

How is Missing Middle Housing Helping Cities Address 21st Century Challenges?
2:30 PM - 3:45 PM

A diverse range of housing types has long been in the arsenal of New Urbanists, but the identification of these types as Missing Middle Housing and the creation of the Missing Middle diagram has enabled the concept to be more readily accepted, easily understood, and utilized across the country, even by the likes of AARP who has added it to their Age-Friendly Living Toolbox. This session will explore how the “idea” is evolving and its application becoming more sophisticated to meet the growing and challenging needs of today’s cities and towns, such as affordability, and what it will take to take this concept to scale to meet the growing demand for these types.

Dennis Allen, Managing Director, Holland Partner Group / Abe Farkas, Senior Project Director, EcoNorthwest / Daniel Parolek, AIA, Principal, Opticos Design, Inc. /

International Next City Forum
2:30 PM - 5:30 PM

The way we plan, design and redevelop our cities is in transition. This transition follows the rapid and current changes in our society towards the circular and versatile ‘Next Economy’ and the emerging and smart ‘Next City’ that is livable, inclusive and cherishes bottom-up initiatives. ISOCARP, the International Society of City and Regional Planners, the host and organizer of the Next City Seminar, six experts and scientists from Europe, Asia, and Africa. They present lessons learned from best practices in the Netherlands, Poland, Switzerland, Australia, China and South Africa. In a concluding panel we will discuss how cities and, as a result of this, the planning and architecture profession is changing.

Martin Dubbeling, Urbanist, Vice President of ISOCARP, Connecting Cities / Yana Golubeva, Head Architect, MLA+ / Hugo Lamb, Co-Founder & CEO , The Space Agency / Bec McHenry, Co-Founder & CEO , Space Agency / Dr. Ana Perić, Lecturer & Senior Researcher, Institute for Spatial and Landscape Development, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology / Dhiru Thadani, AIA, Principal, Architect + Urbanist /

Undoing Exclusionary Zoning in High-Cost Cities
4:15 PM - 5:30 PM

Many high-cost US cities are faced with housing shortages exacerbated by rules that restrict homebuilding. Bringing together experts from Seattle, Portland, and Oakland, this session will examine the latest efforts to improve equitable access to housing by fixing overly restrictive zoning and regulations.

Dan Bertolet, Senior Research, Housing and Urbanism , Sightline Institute / Kate Howe, Director, VIA Architecture / Madeline Kovacs, Programs Coordinator, Portland for Everyone / Spencer Williams /

Art Room — TOD Design Techniques
4:15 PM - 5:30 PM

More and more communities are seeking to grow with less reliance on the automobile by encouraging Transit-Oriented Development (TOD). Design matters! Learn to employ specific physical design principles to ensure these new developments function properly and result in great places.

OI: Community Engagement, To Improve or Hack It?
4:15 PM - 5:30 PM

On improving the public process, Will Dowdy will explore the growing field of economic cartography, which maps and visually presents land values, diving into the nuts and bolts of bringing the ideas that have been developed by Urban3, StrongTowns, and others. Jennifer Griffin will talk about how communities of faith stand in an important position to support vibrant, walkable, mixed-use neighborhoods. Larry Schooler will pull from his experiences in Austin, TX to highlight productive, powerful public engagement for new urbanists. Claire Flurin will present the PUREHOUSE LAB, a non-profit crowd-sourcing platform that facilitates the creation of co-living spaces. Then, David Curtis asks, "Can civic engagement save Murdertown?", examining an ambitious mix of bottom-up and top-down civic engagement initiatives in Wilmington, DE.

On hacking the public process, Jonathan Berk will talk about empowering residents to rebuild their public spaces from the ground up, pairing hyper crowdfunding campaigns with state funding. Timo Hamalainen will share how a grassroots masterplan was designed by a group of activists to hack Helsinki's official masterplan process, bypassing the typical barriers to public participation.

Margaret Wallace Brown will conclude this session by conducting a mini-workshop, asking the audience to identify the biggest issues confronting them and their communities, as well as share their brightest ideas about public engagement.

Jonathan Berk, New England Director, Patronicity / David Curtis, Best Practices / Innovation Specialist , Mayor's Office, City of Wilmington / Will Dowdy, Urban Designer, City of Eugene / Claire Flurin, Vectuel / Jennifer Griffin, Founding Principal, J Griffin Design, LLC / Timo Hämäläinen, Urban Policy Advisor, MDI - Management Design Intelligence / Larry Schooler, Manager of Public Engagement, City of Austin / Margaret Wallace Brown, Deputy Director, Planning & Development Department, City of Houston /

Beers With Engineers
4:30 PM - 6:00 PM

Our friends at the Project for Public Spaces bring round three of Beers with Engineers to Seattle.

Location and information coming soon.

Plenary: The Past and Future City
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

As cities across America experience a remarkable renaissance, and more and more young, diverse families choose to live, work, and play in historic neighborhoods, the promise and potential of using our older and historic buildings to revitalize our cities is stronger than ever. As such, Stephanie K. Meeks, president and CEO of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, provides a detailed look at the innovative ways historic preservation can create thriving communities. She explains the critical importance of preservation for all our cities, the ways the historic preservation field has evolved to embrace the challenges of the twenty-first century, and the innovative work being done in the preservation space now.

This urban resurgence is a national phenomenon, boosting cities from Cleveland to Buffalo and Portland to Pittsburgh. Experts offer a range of theories on what is driving the return to the city, from the impact of the recent housing crisis to a desire to be socially engaged, live near work, and reduce automobile use. However, there is also more to it. Time and again, when asked why they moved to the city, people talk about the desire to live somewhere distinctive, to be some place rather than no place. Often these distinguishing urban landmarks are exciting neighborhoods Miami boasts its Art Deco district, New Orleans the French Quarter. Sometimes, as in the case of Baltimore's historic rowhouses, the most distinguishing feature is the urban fabric itself. While many aspects of this urban resurgence are a cause for celebration, the changes have also brought to the forefront issues of access, affordable housing, inequality, sustainability, and how we should commemorate difficult history. This presentation speaks directly to all of these issues.

At the ceremony, the 2017 Congress Legacy Project teams will present their final reports to their legacy communities.

Stephanie Meeks, President & Chief Executive Officer, National Trust for Historic Preservation /

NextGen Belltown Pub Crawl
7:30 PM - 9:30 PM

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 Beneroya Hall and head to the Belltown neighborhood.

Locations to be announced soon.

Running With Urbanists
7:00 AM - 8:00 AM

Bring your running shoes and join your fellow urbanists for a no-drop morning run around Central Seattle. Don't worry: you'll get back 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.

John Simmerman, Co-Founder, President & CEO, Active Towns /

Member-Led: CNU Members Christian Caucus
7:30 AM - 9:00 AM

The CNU Members Christian Caucus-—whose purpose is to support CNU by extending the concepts and practices of New Urbanism to the Christian community—is convening for a breakfast meet-up and annual business meeting. To learn more about the CNU-MCC go to this link or e-mail Chris Elisara at

Grab your breakfast and head the the mezzanine (2nd) level of the Grand Lobby in the Benaroya Hall.

7:30 AM - 7:30 PM

Pick up your badge, bag, and printed program at the Registration Desk and interact with exhibitors in the Grand Lobby of the Benaroya Hall.

8:00 AM - 9:00 AM

Enjoy a continental breakfast in the stunning Grand Lobby of Benaroya Hall.

Small Developer Morning Meetup
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM

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 Founders Room, in the Benaroya Hall.

Tour: Reimagining Seattle’s Waterfront
8:00 AM - 11:00 AM

In this tour, Congress attendees will examine the progress and vision of Waterfront Seattle, a multi-year program to transform Seattle’s waterfront following the removal of the Alaskan Way Viaduct. Spanning from Pioneer Square to Belltown, the project area includes new park space, improved connections to and from downtown, a new surface street, access to Elliott Bay, and a rebuilt Elliott Bay Seawall. Led by the director of the Office of the Waterfront, participants will discuss design efforts to capitalize on view opportunities, project partners like the historic Pike Place Market, and the challenges and opportunities of removing an elevated highway to open up a waterfront.

Marshall Foster, Director, Office of the Waterfront, City of Seattle / Wren McNally, Associate, EnviroIssues /

Retrofitting Water
9:00 AM - 10:15 AM

limate change, groundwater depletion, and water quality are challenging communities everywhere - especially where suburban development patterns exacerbate the problems. A number of suburban retrofits have seized the opportunity to rethink how we deal with water and provide useful lessons for new urbanists. In addition to an overview of innovative case studies retrofitting water quality, this session will show attendees how Hassalo on 8th in Portland deals with too much water and Parkmerced outside of San Francisco deals with too little.

Ellen Dunham-Jones, Professor of Architecture and Urban Design, Georgia Institute of Technology /

Breaking Down Barriers To Incremental Development
9:00am - 10:15 AM

This session will provide ways to work around and through regulatory barriers to incremental development. We will discuss the concept of Regulatory Blight and discuss ways to get past this from both a municipal and private sector standpoint. There will be a specific focus on putting typical Main Street buildings back into productive use, with pathways to navigate building codes and ADA. Specific incremental redevelopments will be presented to demonstrate these principles as well. The goal is to highlight places that Lean and Incremental Urbanism can thrive and flourish.

Eric Kronberg, Principal, Kronberg Wall Architects / Thomas Pacello, President, Memphis Medical District Collaborative / Paddy Steinschneider, President & Founder, Gotham Design & Community Development Ltd. /

Diversifying Urban Design
9:00 AM - 10:15 AM

Sit at the tables where it's decided where new housing will go, or how to add bike lanes to a city street, or whether resources will be allocated to protect clean water, and you will probably need to ask "where are all the people of color?" In 2016, it remains the case that the majority of the people who design, plan, and build communities and cities lack the diversity of those same places. This panel will explore the dearth of diversity in urban design and planning—and its impact on our practice and the communities we create and serve. It will also suggest ways to build a pipeline of talent that better reflects the cities in which we live and work.

Co-organized by the Island Press Urban Resilience Project

Charles Ellison, Washington Correspondent , The Philadelphia Tribune / Justin Garrett Moore, ‎Executive Director, NYC Public Design Commission / Ron Sims, Retired Deputy Secretary, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Developement / Emily Talen, Ph.D., FAICP, Professor, University of Chicago /

Art Room — Walkable Street Design 01 – Technical Essentials
9:00 AM - 10:15 AM

Walkable streets are fundamental to building livable communities - and their details matter. Join us as we explore the components and dimensions of a wide range of walkable street types, and how to select which street types are appropriate for a given context.

Our Failures: Lessons from 25 Years of New Urbanism
9:00 AM - 10:15 AM

The New Urbanism movement has had a lasting impression on urban planning and design, shifting the conversation from building sprawl to building place. As practitioners, new urbanists constantly test ideas, responding to local contexts, sometimes finding out that what works in St. Petersburg doesn't play in Peoria.

Collectively, the New Urbanism movement has more than three decades of wisdom collected from designing and implementing the Charter around the world. This session asks long-time new urbanist practitioners to ponder into their decades of experience and asks them to speak to their failures and tragic missteps, and how these have informed their practice.

OI: Meeting Our Housing Needs: Innovative Tools for Addressing Infill, Markets, & Affordability
9:00 AM - 10:15 PM

Laura Poncelet will make a pitch for how both "big architecture" and "missing middle housing" have their place or importance within the city and can be seen as tools within a larger toolkit for good urbanism. Then, Delma Palma explore how "missing middle housing" struggles to address market demands at the rate with which needs are increasing. And Ryan Kilpatrick will highlight one state program designed to dis-incentivize sprawl and support infill development using state resources.

Then, George Proakis, Howard Blackson, Judi Barrett, Dan Bartman, and John Anderson will discuss how New Urbanist codes create predictable, quality outcomes, but often fail to address equity and displacement. This discussion will examine inclusionary zoning and community benefit agreements and ask if they can be tools to reach more equitable outcomes.

John Anderson, Principal, Anderson|Kim Architecture + Urban Design / Judi Barrett, Director of Economic Development, Plymouth Regional Economic Development Foundation / Dan Bartman, Senior Planner, City of Somerville, MA / Howard Blackson, Urban Design & Community Planning Manager, RBF Consulting, a Company of Michael Baker International / Ryan Kilpatrick, City Planner, Economic Developer, Michigan Economic Development Corporation / Delma Palma, Architectural and Urban Designer, Torti Gallas and Partners / Laura Poncelet, Architect, Torti Gallas & Partners / George Proakis, AICP, Director of Planning, City of Somerville, MA /

Tour: Hidden Spaces/Public Places: Private Property + Public Amenity = Additional Development Rights
10:00am - 12:00pm

Explore some of downtown’s hidden treasures, like public parks, plazas and open spaces. Many of these spaces are owned by private developers but are in fact places where you can enjoy beautiful landscapes and private art collections away from the hustle and bustle of city streets.

Hidden Spaces/Public Places also features a number of stairs and concludes at the Harbor Steps. Please let your guide know if you, or another member of your party, have any restrictions.

This tour is done in partnership with the Seattle Architecture Foundation.

Tour: Architecture 101: Windows on Seattle’s Style
10:00am - 12:00pm

Is God really in the details? Find out as we focus on design elements of buildings ranging from English Gothic to Brutalism and from Beaux Arts to Modernism. Construction techniques, trends in aesthetics and functional considerations of windows and views contributed to these structures. You will explore how the use and incorporation of glass reflects changing societal trends. Featured stops include the Financial Center, the Plymouth Congregational Church and the Fairmont Olympic Hotel.

This tour is done in partnership with the Seattle Architecture Foundation.

Tour: Comfortable & Connected: Creating a Basic Bike Network in Downtown Seattle
10:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Seattle’s downtown is transforming rapidly, adding jobs and housing at record rates, all while Seattle’s light rail system expands dramatically and downtown bus service is restructured. This growth and expansion creates an unparalleled opportunity to implement a safe, comfortable, and connected network of protected bike lanes from downtown to the outlying neighborhoods—creating a true multimodal transportation system. Join representatives from Cascade Bicycle Club and the City of Seattle to discuss the One City Center project (a 20-year mobility plan for downtown Seattle neighborhoods) and explore the city by bike. Learn about the future of downtown infrastructure from those that know it best, and discuss how bikes and transit can work together as an integrated urban mobility solution.

Jeff Aken, Regional Planning Director, Cascade Bicycle Club / Dongho Chang, City Traffic Engineer , City of Seattle / Sandra Woods, Project Manager, Center City Bike Network /

Friday Plenary: Doug Farr & Majora Carter
10:45 AM - 12:00 PM

A challenging morning plenary held in the historic Moore Theatre. Sustainable Urbanism pioneer Doug Farr draws on years of experience and research from the forthcoming follow up to Sustainable Urbanism.

Leading urban revitalization strategist Majora Carter examines sustainability from the perspective of human capital with her talk "Communities as Corporations: How can talent-retention strategies mitigate fears of displacement in re-urbanizing America?"

Decades of social services spending on education, health, and other deficits found in low-status communities have not resulted in greater prosperity there, in part because the individual success stories usually leave in search of lifestyle infrastructure that meets their demands as soon as they are able. The absence of local reinvestment paves the way so called "gentrification" and bargain hunting by outsiders. How can we help people see the value of where they are, and incite them to build wealth where they are?

Majora Carter, Urban Revitalization Strategy Consultant, Real Estate Developer, Marjora Carter Group / Doug Farr, CNU-A, President and Founding Principal, Farr Associates Architecture & Urban Design / Lynn Richards, President & CEO, CNU /

12:00 PM - 2:30 PM

Lunch on your own. Stroll through Pike's Place Market, visit the food trucks at Westlake Park, or dine in nearby Pioneer Square. Or if you're in a hurry, grab lunch in the Benaroya's cafe area.

If you're participating in a member-led session, remember these start promptly at 1:00 PM. Keep in mind that you're not allowed to bring food into our meeting rooms.

Member-Led: You CAN Finance New Urban!
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

The session will report on major progress recently made by the Federal Housing Finance Initiative that CNU began years ago. It will feature a presentation by Ben Schweitzer from Freddie Mac. Freddie's "Small Balance Loan Program" (SBL) is a close match to what the Initiative has sought. It offers long-term finance for projects with up to 40% non-residential use (49% in some situations, e.g. if rents are affordable). The loan caps were recently raised by 50% for high cost markets (to $7.5 million) and 100% (to $6 million) elsewhere. Yes, Virginia, New Urbanism CAN be financed!

Richard L. Oram, Chairman, Fund for the Environment and Urban Life / Ben Schweitzer, Underwriting Director, Freddie Mac Multifamily /

Member-Led: Implementing the New Urban Agenda (+ CNU Members International Caucus)
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

In the last two years, three important urban initiatives have been agreed by most governments of the world, including the Paris Climate Accord, the Sustainable Development Goals, and the New Urban Agenda. But how will these agreements be implemented, and what role will New Urbanists play? This session will also prepare for an international “council” of urbanists later this year.

This session will also launch the new CNU Members International Caucus, which is preparing to participate in an international “council” of urbanists later this year.

Joanna Alimanestianu, Co-founder, Council for European Urbanism / Andrés Duany, Principal, DPZ Partners / Chris Elisara, Producer, First+Main Media / Doug S. Kelbaugh, FAIA, Professor of Architecture and Urban Planning, Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning, University of Michigan / Michael Mehaffy, President, Senior Researcher, Structura Naturalis Inc., KTH Royal Institute of Technology /

Architectural Character
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

This session is dedicated to discussing the vital subject of architectural character. Architectural character anchors wide-ranging thought about the compositional qualities that fit each building (architecture) and the ways in which multiple buildings additively make a sense of place (urbanism). We see this on the level of the building, the street, the square, quarter, city, region and nation. Discussing architectural character allows us to move beyond the problems associated with stylistic classifications, or the so-called style wars. Architectural character involves reflection:

  1. On what architecture expresses and the role of composition,
  2. On the tasks of architectural expression,
  3. On how is this expression justified, and
  4. Its significance in building the city.

Participants are asked to engage any or all of these four topics.

Stefanos Polyzoides, Principal, Moule & Polyzoides Architects & Urbanists / Samir Younés, Professor, School of Architecture, University of Notre Dame /

Tour: Singing (in the Rain): Walking Seattle’s First Arts District
2:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Take an essential Seattle stroll through the Capitol Hill Arts District, the City’s first official Arts & Cultural District and a nexus of cultural activity for decades. Once known as Auto Row for its 1940’s car dealerships, the Pike/Pine Corridor is now one of the most influential cultural neighborhoods on the West Coast. Seattle Cultural Space Liaison Matthew Richer will lead participants through a tour of several of the area's 40+ arts & cultural spaces—which include music clubs, cinemas, theaters, galleries, studios, art supply houses, a dance center, and even a graffiti supply house.

Matthew Richter, Cultural Space Liaison, City of Seattle, Office of Arts & Culture /

Tour: Remaking Yesler Terrace: A New Urban Place in the Center of the City
2:00 PM - 5:00 PM

In this walking tour, participants will explore the new streets, buildings, and public spaces transforming Yesler Terrace, a low-rise public housing project, into a diverse, thriving neighborhood. Yesler is a lesson in transformation—reintegrating with the Seattle grid, newly connected to the city's International District, and featuring new housing for low-income, moderate-income, and high-income residents. Tour participants will learn about the area's robust arts community, urban farming program, thriving community centers, and new streetcar corridor.

Mark Hinshaw, Senior Development Program Manager, Seattle Housing Authority /

Seeding Urbanism in Latin America
2:30 PM - 3:45 PM

In societies like the United States, top-down planning works because of administrative accountability and legal transparency. Regulation is an effective city planning instrument, and transforming urban policy to reverse sprawl has already shown significant results across North America. By contrast, many Central American countries are far more ambiguous in their administrative workings, and policy initiatives while relevant can only go so far. The notion of private developers as agents of urban change therefore becomes even more critical. As evident through this exchange, developers have become the torch-bearers of a better urban future in the wake of murky entitlement processes and weak public sector direction.

The New Urbanism has produced built work throughout Latin America. This session will discuss the successes and shortcomings of this decade-long trans-national exchange by bringing together some of its key players.

Vinayak Bharne, Director of Design, Moule & Polyzoides Architects and Urbanists /

Art Room — Walkable Street Design 02 – Artistic Placemaking
2:30 PM - 3:45 PM

Take your walkable street designs to the next level! We will explore specific ways to apply principles of artistic composition to elevate a technically competent walkable street into a truly great public space.

OI: Diversity, Affordability, & Social Equity
2:30 PM - 3:45 PM

On affordability, Mark Santrach will talk about alternative home ownership strategies. Scott Polikov will talk about how suburbs can become the new "melting pot" for housing reform in terms of creating opportunities to "move up" without having to move out of the neighborhood, with the possibility of creating great neighborhoods within sprawl. James Bruce and Evan Corey will make a joint presentation on how sustainable e-commerce solutions stand to deliver more walkable communities.

On equity, Nidhi Gulati will talk about how urban greenways linked together can create the innovative new whole of "Networks" as a way of attaining equity, and connecting people to places and each other, forming the backbone of a historic urban fabric. Jay Crossley will conduct an interactive exercise to demonstrate a Quick Equity Assessment program.

On diversity, Andrew Georgiadis will talk about how we can balance streamlined and predictable approvals after the charrette takes place and the Form-based Code has been created with with the needs and desires of the people who live there. Robert Orr will talk about why and how to make small and locally capitalized development viable again. with the goal to restore the ability of small, local developers known by their communities, but limited in their resources, to produce great places.

James Bruce, Senior Vice President of Corporate Public Affairs , UPS / Jay Crossley, Houston Tomorrow / Andrew Georgiadis, President, Georgiadis Urban Design / Nidhi Gulati, Program Manager | Emerald Network, LivableStreets Alliance / Robert Orr, FAIA, LEED, Principal, 2-term President, Robert Orr & Associates LLC, CNU New England / Scott Polikov, President, Gateway Planning Group / Mark Santrach, Architect, Robert A.M. Stern Architects /

Forum: Autonomous Vehicles & Urbanism
2:30 PM - 5:30 PM

Every new transportation technology affects the geography of communities and the structure of people’s lives. Autonomous vehicles (AVs) are one such technology. Just as the freeway system or the streetcar network shaped past cities and lifestyles, AVs will remake the metropolis once again. The question is how and with what unintended consequences? As with most technology, the answer turns on how the technology is used.

In this 3-hour forum, leading urban thinkers take a dive into the future impact of autonomous vehicles on cities—the risks, rewards, and unknowns.

As a primer to this forum, read Autonomous Vehicles: Hype and Potential in UrbanLand.

Peter Calthorpe, Principal, Calthorpe Associates / Jerry Walters, Principal, Fehr & Peers /

Take Action on Inclusive, Sustainable Urbanism
4:15 PM - 5:30 PM

As we mark the 10-year anniversary of LEED for Neighborhood Development, we have made significant progress on walkable, sustainable communities. Yet, today’s headlines grapple with persistent and emerging issues of equity, access, and factors affecting basic quality of life and health. These challenges demand a reinvigorated search for solutions. Speakers will take foundational plenary concepts of resilience, equity, and identity down to ground level, reflecting on the value of LEED-ND and sharing emerging strategies and platforms for neighborhood sustainability. From an industrial and entertainment hub in Denver, to the community of the first African American owned bank west of the Mississippi, to a village in upstate New York; you’ll learn about concrete design, planning, development resources to move from an urgently desired vision to implementation. We will conclude with an interactive conversation and inspiring call to action.

Erin Christensen Ishizaki, Partner, Mithun / Donald King, FAIA, Principal Architect, Visiting Professor of Architecture, Mimar Studio, University of Washington / Jessica Millman, Director, Project Bookends /

Art Room — Seeing the Better City, Making a Better Place
4:15 PM - 5:45 PM

The urban environment is increasingly influenced by digital mapping, simulations, the “internet of things,” and other new technologies. While these tools are valuable for understanding urban space, our increasing reliance on technology puts us at risk of losing sight of the value of personal observation of, and connection to, the cities we live in. This session, based on Chuck Wolfe’s new book, Seeing the Better City, will return attendees to the value of visual sense, immersion, and real-world observation as tools to create lasting positive changes in the urban environment. Attendees will hear a presentation about the value of “what they see,” using immersion, and real-world observation as tools to create lasting positive changes in the urban environment. Then, attendees will conduct a field exercise outdoors, using the book’s “urban diary” principles to observe the impacts of urban form, neighborhood dynamics, transportation, and other elements they witness in their daily lives.

Chuck R. Wolfe, Principal, Principal Advisor, Charles R. Wolfe Attorney at Law, Seeing Better Cities Group /

Charter Awards Reception
5:30 PM - 6:30 PM

Join us for drinks before the 2017 Charter Awards Ceremony in the Benaroya Rectial Hall Lobby.

2017 Charter Awards Ceremony
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

The CNU Charter Awards recognizes exemplary work in architectural, landscape, urban, and regional design, as defined by the Charter of the New Urbanism. Join this year's jury chair Stephanie Bothwell for an evening honoring this year's Charter Awards recipients.

The ceremony will also honor of the winner of the 2017 Groves Award, Barranco Award, and Driehaus Award. To cap off the evening, a very special third class of CNU Fellows will also be announced.

Stephanie Bothwell, ASLA, Principal, Stephanie Bothwell Urban & Landscape Design /

Strong Towns Debate
8:00 PM - 9:30 PM

The Debates are back! 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.

Charles Marohn, P.E., AICP, President, Strong Towns /

CNU 25.Dance Party
10:00 PM - 2:00 AM

Get your dancing shoes ready! Join us at 1927 Events at 1927 3rd Ave.

Immersion Day: Vancouver, BC: City by Design
7:00 AM - 12:00 AM

Discover for yourself why Vancouver, BC is internationally known as a livable, multimodal “city by design”. Join host Brent Toderian, former Vancouver chief planner and noted urbanist, along with a team of leading local planners and designers for this day-long excursion. Arrive in Vancouver Saturday morning by bus and begin with a walking tour of Vancouver’s renowned downtown, followed by lunch at a local eatery. Then choose between continuing the walking tour to explore the Downtown Eastside (including Woodward's Project) and the 2010 Olympic Village or Metro Vancouver's high-density transit-oriented development along the Skytrain, the world's longest automated rail system. Depart Vancouver after dinner to return to Seattle, or stay overnight and continue your own self-guided exploration.

Valid passport required.

Brent Toderian, MCIP, Founder, TODERIAN UrbanWORKS /

Immersion Day: Portland, OR
7:00am - 11:30pm

Break free from your Saturday breakout session and explore the rest of the Pacific Northwest with our Portland, OR Immersion Day. Hop on a Portland-bound bus Saturday morning and spend the day exploring the city’s active neighborhoods, food truck scene, participating in locally-organized walking and biking tours, or setting off on your own with transit pass in hand. Registered participants many sign up for tours departing at 1pm (Portland’s Bicycle Infrastructure, The SOUL District, or Central City: The Pearl to Tilikum Crossing) and tours departing at 4pm (Eastside Streetcar Neighborhoods or Eastside Missing Middle Housing), or opt to venture off on their own for the afternoon.

7:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Pick up your badge, bag, and printed program at the Registration Desk in the Seattle Art Museum lobby.

Tour: Walk N' Roll in Victoria, BC
7:30 AM - 7:30 PM

The increasingly cosmopolitan Canadian harbor city of Victoria, BC offers a rare juxtaposition of heritage, charm, scenic backdrops, outdoor amenities, and classic New Urbanism. After a beautiful passenger-only ferry ride across the Salish Sea, join walkability guru Dan Burden and local guests for an educational tour on the art of healthy city-making—exploring topics of density, sustainability, compact block form, local streets, alleys, street networks, biophilic design, and more. Participants should bring a passport, small backpack, water, snacks, and rain gear.

Dan Burden, Director of Innovation and Inspiration, Blue Zones / Todd Litman, Founder & Executive Director, Victoria Transport Policy Institute / Samantha Thomas, Built Environment Manager, Blue Zones /

8:00 AM - 9:00 AM

Start the final day of the Congress off right: coffee and light breakfast provided at the Seattle Art Museum.

New Urban Research
9:00 AM - 10:15 AM

Over the past 25 years, the New Urbanist movement has created and popularized many now-common practices, including mixed-use development, transit-oriented development, traditional neighborhood design, integrating design standards into affordable housing, and designing complete and beautiful streets. Together, we have fundamentally changed the conversation from debating alternative patterns of development to discussing how best to design, restore, and preserve our cities.

A new wave of urbanists and academics have contributing significant study to the successes and shortcomings of new urban practices. This session features the latest research contributions to the movement from the researchers themselves.

Architecture: Academia & Urbanism
9:00 AM - 10:15 AM

The session would be an exploration of the antagonism (highly destructive in my view) that has existed since the dawn of CNU between most schools of architecture and New Urbanism. Much of this antagonism is superficial and stylistic; some is willful ignorance on both sides; and some is deeply grounded in underlying theories of architecture and urbanism - sometimes acknowledged ideas, sometimes tacit and unstated.

Alan Plattus, Professor of Architecture and Urbanism, Yale School of Architecture / Daniel Solomon, Principal, Mithun | Solomon /

OI: Employing Lean Thinking
9:00 AM - 10:15 AM

What does it mean to be lean? Gerald Erion will sketch out his concepts for a lean ethics framework. Bruce Donnelly will talk about how "demonstration projects" and other provocations can excite people to take chances. Getting these projects right can lead to a process he calls "insurgent competence." Then, Nicole Rebeck will evaluate methodologies of tactical urbanism, identifying ten tools for measuring impacts. Dagmar Frinta will present the idea of a Guild for Boomers—an idea that calls for financially-secure baby boomer retirees to support younger artists/educators by attending/flourishing-in/financing guilds.

Stephen Coyle will discuss the schism between cities favoring big development juxtaposed to small development that can happen incrementally and present a lean way for smaller projects to gain favorable footing. Finally, Robert Orr will present his ideas for creating micro manufacturing centers as a way of bringing personal-scaled clean industry into the neighborhood as another piece of mixed-use—small, nonintrusive industry embedded within neighborhoods.

Stephen Coyle, AIA, LEEP-AP, Owner, Town-Green / Bruce F. Donnelly, Urban Planner, Office of Bruce F. Donnelly / Gerald Erion, Professor of Philosophy, Medaille College, Buffalo, NY / Robert Orr, FAIA, LEED, Principal, 2-term President, Robert Orr & Associates LLC, CNU New England / Nicole Rebeck, Landscape Designer, Design Workshop, Inc /

Tour: King Street Station: Seattle’s Cultural Community Homestead
9:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Explore how the historic King Street Station, built in 1906 as a transportation hub for the City of Seattle, has been reimagined by the City of Seattle and redesigned with a $50 million investment. This hardhat tour will take place right as ground is being broken on the Office of Arts & Culture’s renovations project, which centers around retrofitting the building's top floor to house an 8,500 square foot exhibition hall, a “Gray Box” performance and installation space, a 2,500 square-foot Living Room / meeting space for artists and cultural projects, as well as spaces for lectures, rehearsals, classes, studio art, and more.

Jerry Garcia, Principal, Olson Kundig Architects / Kirsten Murray, Owner, Olson Kundig Architects / Rico Quirindongo, Architect, DLR Group / Matthew Richter, Cultural Space Liaison, City of Seattle, Office of Arts & Culture /

City As Platform — How Green Stormwater Infrastructure Can Help Urban Neighborhoods Thrive
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Belltown is the nation’s 6th fastest growing neighborhood. The community is taking the opportunity to promote sustainable economic development while retaining the neighborhood’s cultural richness and promoting an urban ecology vision. One of the ways to meet these multiple goals is with green stormwater infrastructure (GSI) tools, such as bioretention, green walls, green roofs, and rainwater harvesting.

Seattle’s Belltown is an ideal laboratory for expanding GSI to meet multiple community outcomes. Seattle 2030 District, a non-profit sustainable building organization, together with Growing Vine Street and Project Belltown, lead a tour of existing community projects, future visions, and intersections with the waterfront redevelopment projects. Afterward, engage in a discussion that explores how to scale these efforts so neighborhoods can use GSI to extend enhance their community while also meeting city and regional stormwater management goals.

Amy Waterman, Green Stormwater Program Manager, Seattle 2030 District /

City As Platform — Gentrification & The Threat To Black Churches In Central Seattle
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

With the Seattle’s rapid growth and development, many long-time residents face the threat of displacement. In the Central District, there is an urgent need to slow cultural displacement and a desire for solutions that can preserve a diverse community. Churches and neighborhood groups from the Central District are proposing a strategic plan to do just that, by engaging in the community-led development (and re-development) of land owned by predominately Black churches.

This is innovative model of having churches engage in the development of their own property delivers multiple benefits:

  1. Provides affordable housing for congregations, helping to retain existing residents
  2. Proving income for church programs through housing and retail space rental
  3. Stabilizing affordable rents to retain small, local businesses

This in-the-field session seeks to demystify development for members of the Seattle’s Black clergy, residents, and session participants, empowering each with a new, local model of development—and an alternative to displacement.

City As Platform — Crossing The Canyon: Designing Freeway Lids To Reconnect Seattle
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Seattle’s densest and most active neighborhoods have long been divided by the Interstate 5. As vacant land disappears, real estate values increase, and the need for public infrastructure grows, lidding over the freeway for parks, affordable housing, a downtown school, and other uses becomes a viable way to connect long-separated neighborhoods.

Join the Lid I-5 Steering Committee and Freeway Park Association for a tour of Freeway Park, the first lid park in Seattle and among the first in the nation. Experience the on-the-ground conditions the freeway imposes on local communities. Then, participate in a “mini-charrette” exploring the challenges and opportunities of freeway lids for central Seattle, based on local context and nationwide case studies. The workshop’s goal is to produce recommendations for the scope of an upcoming lid feasibility study, conceptual lid designs, and improvements to the existing Freeway Park

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John Feit, Lid I-5 Steering Committee /

City As Platform — Rainier Arts Center (Re)Design: Arts & Community
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Located at the gateway to the Columbia City Historic District in Southeast Seattle, the Rainier Arts Center (RAC) is an iconic cultural community asset. The facility was purchased in 1997 by SouthEast Effective Development (SEED), and has since operated as an arts venue and community facility. As one of the few affordable spaces in this rapidly gentrifying community, SEED is approaching the modernization of the building, mindful of its mission to provide a performing arts venue and a community-serving space for events and groups.  Moreover, this community anchor needs to financially perform for long-term sustainability.

Preservationists, designers, and artists: Join SEED and fellow Congress participants to help identify multi-purpose improvements that better serve the organization’s programmatic and financial objectives. Preserving the building’s historic character is key! This hands-on workshop will result in a series of design recommendations to help guide future planning and renovation efforts.

Celia Weisman, SEED /

Tour: Sustainable Urban Living in Bainbridge Island
9:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Providing an overview of New Urbanist trends and transportation issues in the Puget Sound Region, this tour follows a typical Seattle ferry trip from downtown to Winslow in Bainbridge Island. Along the way, participants will experience a unique perspective on the waterfront, the Sound, and the City's planned streetcar and light rail expansions. Upon arrival at Bainbridge Island, participants will review recent residential and commercial developments in the downtown area that are helping to increase density and livability and cap the tour with a visit to the sustainable, affordable Grow Community.

Rick Williams, Partner, Van Meter Williams Pollack LLP /

Urban Design's Role in Climate Adaptation
10:45 Am - 12:00 PM

Full description coming soon.

Elizabeth Moule, Principal, Moule & Polyzoides Architects & Urbanists / Anne Tate, Professor, Rhode Island School of Design /

OI: New Urbanist Communication Modalities
10:45 AM - 12:00 PM

A critical yet overlooked and underdeveloped sector of the New Urbanism movement is communications: How the New Urban movement can successfully reach: the general public, the community within which development is proposed, the community that is considering changing land use policies, and other audiences that might otherwise be open to its message. The aim of this session is to analyze and discuss how to grow and advance New Urbanism's communications sector.

To highlight how it's been done elsewhere, Claire Flurin and Clement Bellec will present and demonstrate Victuel, an award-winning European "urban tech" company that develops visual communication and collaboration tools for urban planning and real estate development. Victual's interactive 3D, scenario-based presentation and analysis platforms serve at all stages of urban developments as communication and marketing supports, but most importantly for engagement, collaboration, and participatory planning.

Clement Bellec, Vectuel / Bruce F. Donnelly, Urban Planner, Office of Bruce F. Donnelly / Scott Doyon, Principal | Storyteller, PlaceMakers / Claire Flurin, Vectuel / Steve A. Mouzon, AIA, LEED, Principal, The New Urban Guild / Nathan Norris, Director of Education & Training, Congress for the New Urbanism / John Paget, Paget Films /

OI: Civic Great Rooms: A Remodeler's Guide
10:45 AM - 12:00 PM

A complete, self contained session, using OI rules, on major, recent renovations of signature public spaces of major cities, from charrette to implementation: the place that symbolizes the city, where people gather for when they are very happy, very angry, very proud or very scared. Join the leaders and designers from Cleveland Public Square, Toronto Nathan Philips Square, El Paso's El Jacinto Squre, Philadelphia's Dilworth Park, and L.A.'s Pershing Square for an informative session on what it takes to remodel great civic spaces to meet the demands of the 21st Century.

Larry Gould, Principal, Nelson\Nygaard /

Tour: Placemaking in Downtown Redmond
11:00 AM - 3:00 PM

This tour brings participants to the vibrant downtown core of Redmond, WA, a tech industry and startup hub, and one of two designated regional growth centers in the city. With a newly-approved light rail expansion and a population expected to grow by more than 5,000 by 2030, the city has planned and implemented projects aimed at creating community gathering places as well as making downtown easier to navigate by foot, bike, and transit. This walking tour will look at several projects including the Redmond Central Connector, the Cleveland Street redesign, and Downtown Park. Participants will have the option of having lunch in Redmond before returning to Seattle.

Jeff Churchill, Transportation Strategic Advisor, City of Redmond / Carolyn Hope, Park Planning and Cultural Arts Manager, City of Redmond / Gary Lee, Senior Planner, City of Redmond / John Marchione, Mayor, City of Redmond / Lisa Singer, Senior Engineer, City of Redmond /

12:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Lunch on your own. Stroll through Pike's Place Market or dine in nearby Pioneer Square.

The Project for Lean Urbanism
2:00 PM - 3:15 PM

Get an update on Lean Urbanism, a movement to lower the barriers to community-building and provide more attainable places to live and work. The Project for Lean Urbanism is devising tools to work around the onerous financial, bureaucratic, and regulatory processes of community-building.

Hank Dittmar, Director, Dittmar Associates Limited / Andrés Duany, Principal, DPZ Partners /

OI: Architecture & The Zeitgeist
2:00 PM - 3:15 PM

Daniel Morales will address authenticity in architecture, exploring how humane architecture can return beauty as a guiding principle of great urbanism, both new and old, regardless of changing technologies. Phil Langdon will talk about encouraging local stakeholders to share their efforts to upgrade and improve the streetscape, shared spaces, and façades facing the public realm along neighborhood corridors as a way to create great gathering places. Then, Paul Whalen will present demonstrates how towers can be integrated into the traditional grid of low-rise buildings. adding density to historic cities around the world. At the other end of the scale, Pedro Quintanilla will show about how strip mall retail can be retrofitted incrementally to improve the quality of place.

To elevate the discussion further, Steve Mouzon, Eric Moser, Kenny Craft, and Nathan Norris will provide a critique of modern materials in new urbanist construction.

Kenneth Craft, Principal, Craft Design Studio, LLC / Philip Langdon, Author, Within Walking Distance: Creating Livable Communities for All / Daniel Morales, Company Architect, Parkwood Homes / Eric Moser, Principal, Moser Design Group / Nathan Norris, Director of Education & Training, Congress for the New Urbanism / Peter Quintanilla, Senior Associate, Senior Urban Designer, PlaceWorks / Paul Whalen, AIA, Partner, Robert A.M. Stern Architects LLP /

City As Platform — Lake City Future First: Activating Public Space
2:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Join Lake City Future First as they develop a more consistent and robust activation of our 125th Street Lake City Mini Park. During a brief tour, learn about current programming at the 125th Street Lake City Mini Park and the barriers to activation in this particular park. Then, collaborate with Lake City Future First leadership to brainstorm, sketch, and discuss new activation approaches with Tactical Urbanism experts.

City As Platform — King Street Enhanced Greenway: Reimagining Our Rights To Our Rights-Of-Way
2:00 PM - 5:00 PM

In dense, urban environments, we need to look beyond public space as a single-solution. The planned construction of Seattle's King Street Greenway is an opportunity for the City of Seattle's Department of Transportation, neighborhood community groups, and sustainability think-tanks to collaborate on a demonstration project that can expand what our city-designated Greenways and Greenstreets can be.

Join Living Future Institute, national greenway experts, and your fellow Congress attendees in a workshop exploring how organizations can collaborate and prioritize multi-purpose projects within their rights-of-way and kickstart a new kind of planning process.

Nidhi Gulati, Program Manager | Emerald Network, LivableStreets Alliance / Marisa Hagney, Living Community Challenge Manager, Living Future Institute /

Lean Urbanism Debates
3:45 PM - 5:00 PM

Lean Urbanism is a movement of builders, planners, architects, developers, engineers, activists, nonprofits, municipalities, and entrepreneurs, working to lower the barriers to community-building, to make it easier to start businesses, and to provide more attainable housing and development. Not everyone agrees on the best approach to lean practices

This session gets the Congress back to its roots: contributors and visionaries within the Lean Urbanism movement debate the merits of lean tools and approaches. Dont' miss it.

Hank Dittmar, Director, Dittmar Associates Limited / Andrés Duany, Principal, DPZ Partners /

OI: Sustainability & Resilience
3:45 PM - 5:00 PM

On sustainability, Rachel Carlson will be talking about smart siting for new urbanism and how it affects GHGs. Them Michael Mabaquaio will explore pedestrian happiness, with a focus on improving the pedestrian experience to coax more people out of their cars. To follow up, Anthony Catania will examines humans' interaction with the world around them and how we physically define the human scale.

On resilience, Samoa Kirchner will suggest that coastal cities, like coral reefs, serve as refugees from tyranny and sanctuaries against danger, proposing T7 as an Urban Seascape Transect to guide waterfront development. David Savarese will talk about how design mitigation can add resilience to space, place, and community. Then, Mike Aziz will show cities can transform industrial waterfronts into MakerHoods, applying resilient waterfront design, not the traditional zoning approach.

To round out the session, Michael Murphy will explain “Open Space Equity”, and the import of protecting land in both rural and urban. Laura Clemons will show how the average of a federal disaster declaration every week is costing us a loss of the critical housing stock that we identify as the "missing middle."

Mike Aziz, Urban Designer, Perkins+Will / Rachel Carlson, Environmental Protection Specialist, Office of Sustainable Communities, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) / Anthony Catania, Project Architect, Torti Gallas and Partners / Laura Clemons, Founder & CEO, Collaborative Communities / Samia Kirchner, Professor, School of Architecture and Planning, Morgan State University / Michael Mabaquiao, Designer, Torti Gallas & Partners / Michael Murphy, Land-use Planner, King County Department of Natural Resources and Parks / David Savarese, Urban Planner, Jacobs Engineering Advance Planning Group /