Core Sessions
  • South Main | Buena Vista, Colorado
    An inspiring town extension. #thisiscnu

    Build Great Places / #thisiscnu

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

    Build Great Places / #thisiscnu

  • Ponce City Market | Atlanta
    A unique building becomes a hub for historic neighborhoods. #thisiscnu

    Build Great Places / #thisiscnu

  • Storrs Center | Mansfield, CT
    A mixed-use center for town and gown. #thisiscnu

    Build Great Places / #thisiscnu

  • Village of Providence | Huntsville, Alabama
    Expanding options for a car-oriented suburban area. #thisiscnu

    Build Great Places / #thisiscnu

Core Sessions are in-depth primers on the history, principles, concepts, and tools of New Urbanism geared to first-time Congress attendees.


Wednesday, May 3

 
 
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. AIA 1.5 HSW / AICP 1.5 CM

Andrés Duany, Principal, DPZ Partners

 
 
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. AIA 1 LU / AICP 1 CM

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

 
 
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. AIA 1 HSW / AICP 1 CM

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

 
 
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. AIA 1 LU / AICP 1 CM

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

 
 
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. AIA 1 HSW / AICP 1 CM

Peter Calthorpe, Principal, Calthorpe Associates