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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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  • Southside
    Ten acres that transformed a city #thisiscnu

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202 Workshops are advanced learning courses led by thought leaders and innovative practitioners. These sessions include high-level instruction that goes beyond that of a typical breakout session. 202 Workshops are longer—typically lasting three to four hours—and more in-depth; they're geared toward professionals who already know the basics. These courses are much more personal than breakout sessions, and are hands-on and interactive. All 202 Workshops incur an additional fee.

Wednesday, May 3

202 Workshop: Community-Oriented Housing
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
$125 member / $200 non-member

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 and engaging 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 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. And they will show how these communities fit into and fill out larger new urban neighborhoods.

Ross Chapin, Principal, Ross Chapin Architects / Grace Kim, Founding Principal, Schemata Workshop / Eli Spevak, Owner, Orange Splot LLC

202 Workshop: Pro-Equity Development Training
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
$125 member / $200 non-member

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)

Scholarships are available for this Pro-Equity Development Training. If you're a government official/employee or NGO/community organization employee, please consider applying for a scholarship here. Applications are open until March 1, 2017.

202 Workshop: Project for Code Reform Workshop
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
$125 member / $200 non-member

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.

202 Workshop: A Practitioner’s Guide to Street Design
1:30 - 4:30 PM
$125 member / $200 non-member

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 for Walkable Urban 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.

202 Workshop: Art Room— Architectural Design Techniques of Classic European Urbanism
1:30 - 4:30 PM
$125 member / $200 non-member

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!)

202 Workshop: Utilizing Affordable Housing to Catalyze TOD
1:30 - 4:30 PM
$125 member / $200 non-member

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 is 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.