At A Glance Schedule

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

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

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

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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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  • Southside
    Ten acres that transformed a city #thisiscnu

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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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Curious to know what the 26th annual Congress for the New Urbanism will discuss? Below is the At A Glance Schedule to help you plan your trip to Historic Savannah. Click here for a visual overview.

Tuesday, May 15 / Pre-Congress
Shoulder Event: CityBuilding Express
9:00 AM - 8:45 AM

The CityBuilding Exchange is taking learning on the road May 12-16, 2018 with its first CityBuilding Express (CBX) (formerly known as the Magical Mystery Tour), an intensive tour of over 20 innovative neighborhoods/developments that highlight CityBuilding best practices and how to implement them (with the assistance of local experts and leading practitioners).

The CBX will start at the Mississippi River and end on the Atlantic Coast. Specifically it will begin at Miss Cordelia's in Memphis, and speed its way to CNU 26 in Savannah with stops in Huntsville, Chattanooga, Atlanta, Greenville, Charleston and Beaufort.

After visiting each site, the participants will discuss and identify the lessons to learn from each place. This is the perfect learning environment for community leaders wanting to enhance their knowledge in a compressed amount of time.

Shoulder Event: CNU Form Based Code Bootcamp
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Form-based codes are being drafted regionally and nation-wide at a steady clip, with the question remaining of how to achieve the greatest implementation success? Some results are off the charts, and others are almost as if nothing happened. This bootcamp will have you roll up your sleeves and do some heavy lifting to dig into those details.

The session is a series of short talks followed by working sessions, closing the day with a round table discussion on the issues you’re facing locally. The bootcamp should toughen up your muscle needed to legalize the traditional American neighborhood, using form-based code to foster greater economic, environmental and social resilience, and increased options for businesses and residents alike.

Hazel Borys, Managing Principal, PlaceMakers / Susan Henderson, AIA, LEED AP, CNU-A, Principal, PlaceMakers LLC / Joseph Kohl, Co-founder, Dover, Kohl & Partners / Mary E. Madden, Principal, Ferrell Madden Lewis, LLC /
TOUR: Coastal Georgia: Brunswick, Small is Good, Too
12:00 PM - 4:30 PM

This coastal Georgia city has squares and streets that mimic Savannah, however subtle differences in scale and orientation create a much different urban experience. Local leaders are fostering development and embracing the concepts of Complete Streets and infill development.

Shoulder Event: Placemaking and New Urbanism; Complimentary Approaches and Tools
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
What if we built our communities around places? In this 4-hour training session, new urbanists, smart growth practitioners, esteemed thought leaders, and placemakers extraordinaires will share ideas and knowledge around the pioneering, bottom-up approach to engagement and design known as placemaking. As both an overarching idea and a hands-on approach for improving a neighborhood, city, or region, placemaking integrates innovation, creativity, and provides tangible, concrete ways to maximize inclusive and sustainable growth. To quote Rip Rapson of the Kresge Foundation: “It’s more than just enhancing a location. It’s about creating an essence—identifying, elevating, or assembling a collection of visual, cultural, social, and environmental qualities that imbue a location with meaning and significance. “ In this session, Project for Public Spaces facilitators will share a sampling of their world-renowned Placemaking: Making it Happen training and open up a dialogue of idea-sharing built on what works and what can work better. We’ll dive in head first (and hands on) with tools used in creating vibrant places. Participants will experiment with placemaking tools used to transform public spaces including Placemapping (aka the Power of 10) to look at placemaking at multiple scales, developing streets that function as places, not just moving vehicles, and implementing and managing public spaces with a Lighter, Quicker, Cheaper approach. But, what makes a great place? Weather permitting, participants will use PPS’s Place Game tool to evaluate [NAME A PUBLIC SPACE] in downtown Savannah. [Conference planners and PPS will work ahead of time to define a plaza, square, waterfront, or street to audit.] By placing the evaluation and analysis of a space in the hands of its users, we put full trust in the idea that “the community is the expert.”
4:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Pick up your badge, bag, and printed program at the Registration Desk and interact with exhibitors in the Foyer of the DeSoto.

Welcome Reception
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Join CNU and CNU Savannah for a special welcoming reception in Madison Square located just behind the DeSoto.

Wednesday, May 16
202: Sustainable Nation: How to Change Faster Than Ever Before

Can urban design change the U.S. in just four generations? We believe it can. It starts with inspiring small groups of people—society’s most effective accelerant—to transform neighborhoods into microcosms of a just and sustainable future. In this three-part workshop, participants will gain actionable guidance on how to build prosperous and sustainable urban communities. Using Savannah as a classroom, participants will be paired with local community members on a walk-through of a nearby Savannah neighborhood to identify patterns of change that can transform the community into a microcosm of a just, beautiful, and sustainable future.

Doug Farr, CNU-A, President and Founding Principal, Farr Associates Architecture & Urban Design /
7:30 AM - 9:00 AM

Orientation Breakfast for First-Time Attendees
7:45 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.

Local Government Breakfast
7:45 AM - 9:00 AM

Book Presentation: Doug Farr
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM

TOUR: The Oglethorpe Plan
8:00 AM - 10:00 AM

Multilayered and connecting the urban core to agricultural areas, the Oglethorpe Plan was intended by its author to both exhibit and foster his utopian ideas of agrarian equality. Participants will learn about Savannah's historic urban design and the events that shaped the city's form.

TOUR: Beaufort County- North of the Broad
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

This full day tour will explore Historic Beaufort, Newpoint, Port Royal, and Habersham. A wide range of topics from historic preservation to town design will be discussed.

Leslie Pickel, Habersham Ambassador, Habesham Land Company /
Authenticity: How to Create Experience, Not Just Retail
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

National Model for Social Equity in Real Estate Development
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

Core: 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. Andrés 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.

TOUR: Secrets of Preserving a City
9:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Learn the ins and outs of how Savannah became famous for preserving one of the largest urban historic districts in the country. Daniel Carey, president of Historic Savannah Foundation, will show how HSF’s Revolving Fund and easement program saved nearly 400 buildings and revitalized blighted neighborhoods. Power Point presentation and trolley tour of Savannah’s neighborhoods.

Daniel Carey, President and CEO, Historic Savannah Foundation /
202: Threat or Savior: Adjusting Urbanism to Autonomous Vehicles
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Connected Autonomous Vehicles will have profound impacts on cities. They offer the potential to improve the safety and efficiency of streets, allowing for more walkable, vibrant places. On their current trajectory, they’ll do far more damage to cities than autos did in the 20th century. If you can sleep, meet, and watch cat videos on your commute, why not live three hours away from your job? Why take the bus when you can be whisked door-to-door alone in a Google pod for the same price? How will your city fund streets as parking, gas tax, and sales tax revenue plummets?

In this workshop participants will learn the likely unintended consequences of autonomous vehicles and the steps city and state governments must take now to avoid the worst outcomes, and ensure technology is in the service of the public good. Participants will leave with detailed policy and legislative strategy for cities and states, along with design guidance for architects dealing with vehicle transition, including current effect of Uber/Lyft on curb management, and curb and parking design.

Corey Ershow, Transportation Policy Manager, Lyft / Eric Ganther, Principal, Nelson \ Nygaard / Rahul Kumar, Vice President of Growth, TransLoc / Nico Larco, Associate Professor of Architecture, University of Oregon / Meg Merritt, Principal, Nelson\ Nygaard / Gerry Tierney, Associate Principal, Perkins+Will / Jeffrey Tumlin, Principal, Nelson\Nygaard Consulting Associates /
202: Resilience and the Transect
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Now, more than ever, resilient design is critical to maintain the health of our cities and towns. As we articulate where and how resilience fits in the New Urbanism lexicon, collaboration is essential to organizing our approach. By leveraging our capacity to share and learn about existing resilience solutions, we can better understand where there are gaps and how innovative approaches might fill these gaps. In Resilience and the Transect participants will learn how to address changing weather patterns and natural hazards through resilient design. Grounding the workshop in three cities— Miami, FL, Savannah, GA and Wharton, TX— with different risk factors, participants will learn which design solutions are best applied. Participants will leave feeling empowered to better engage with emergency planning, response, and recovery in their communities.

Laura Clemons, Founder & CEO, Collaborative Communities / David Savarese, Urban Planner, Jacobs Engineering Advance Planning Group / Daniel Windsor, Senior Urban Designer & Planner, Perkins and Will / Marc Wouters, Partner, Marc Wouters Studio /
202: Frontages, Frankly: How to write a character-based code.
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

In a place with rich historic character, like Savannah, the most crucial thing to get right in your zoning ordinance is where the building meets the street: the frontage. In this intensive half-day session we will be coding the diversity of frontages within historic downtown of Savannah. Bring your sketchbook and walking shoes – all ranges of drawing skill welcome. No power points — it’s all clipboards, coffee houses, and plazas. Long-term code nerds will lead smaller groups that reconvene throughout this walking tour. We will begin the morning on the bench on the north side of Chippewa Square, and conclude in front of E. Shaver Book Sellers in Madison Square. Clipboards will be stocked with inspiration from other place-based codes along with illustrations of common frontage types that you may want to take home to your town, and graph paper for sketching out your own as the day progresses.

Along with our team of form-based code nerds, Savannah will be our instructor. Places like Jones Street, perhaps the most beautiful street in the U.S., along with the public frontages of Savannah's squares and the shopfronts of the frequent neighborhood centers, will be our local mentors. Keeners can join us for breakfast before this 202 gets started at Collins Quarter on the NW corner of Oglethorpe and Bull for preliminary discussion over dutch breakfast.

The 202 starts with short talks from our 5 instructors, who will go over the walking tour handouts for instruction and reflection. Then we will break up into groups that will each take a suggested route to make an in-depth analysis of Savannah's frontages. We will use a ""codes on the road"" approach to writing a form-based code as we walk, and sit, and sip. Participants will take home possible zoning approaches to use in their own hometowns, along with capacity analysis of political will and administrative ability, to get local tools in line with local aptitude, to move toward walkability.

Hazel Borys, Managing Principal, PlaceMakers / Susan Henderson, AIA, LEED AP, CNU-A, Principal, PlaceMakers LLC / Marina Khoury, Partner, DPZ Partners / Matthew Lambert, Partner, DPZ Partners /
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Pick up your badge, bag, and printed program at the Registration Desk and interact with exhibitors in the Foyer of the DeSoto.

Core: Main Streets & Placemaking
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Patrice Frey, President & CEO, Main Street America /
Tactical Urbanism- Materials and Design Guidance
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Anthony T. Garcia, Principal, The Street Plans Collaborative / Mike Lydon, Principal, The Street Plans Collaborative /
Designing Cities for New-Aged Transportation
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

TOUR: Savannah Urban Tree Canopy
12:00 PM - 2:00 PM

This tour will cover the history of the famous Live Oaks, Magnolias, and Palmettos that line Savannah’s streets. The presentation will discuss ongoing efforts to preserve and enhance the city’s trees.

Core: Building Economically Resilient Communities: A Strong Towns Approach
1:00 PM - 2:00PM
Charles Marohn, P.E., AICP, President, Strong Towns /
Senior Housing: One Size Fits All? Opportunities and Challenges in Designing Communities for ALL Populations
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

A roundtable session will focus on innovative ideas and techniques for designing and implementing communities that accommodate the needs of an aging, yet discerning and consumer-driven, population. The lively discussion will delve into such topics as: How do we meet the needs of aging populations who do not want to act like or be known as ‘seniors’? Is it all about price point? Sociability? Convenience? What products are out there? What metrics can we use to measure successful, healthy communities and guide design? Is there a 'perfect retirement community’? How can we design communities that are healthy and support the full spectrum of life? Join in for a thoughtful and engaging conversation that will, if we are fortunate, one day affect us all.

Andrés Duany, Principal, DPZ COdesign / Joanna Lombard, Professor, University of Miami /
VR and the Future of Urban Design
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

202: Principles for Urban Retail Planning & Development
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

This session will demonstrate how principles of modern retail development can be combined with the best practices of traditional urban planning and landscape architecture to create successful and sustainable mixed-use urban commercial centers and historic town centers. In addition, this program will discuss integrating large format retailers in the city and new town centers.

Participants will learn the nuts and bolts of how to program, plan, and develop both historic downtowns and new urban town centers, including market research, site selection, land use, office, residential, parking, building, site planning, streetscape, zoning, tenant mix, and store design. The participant will gain an insider's look at how leading shopping center developers, retailers, department stores, and architects program, plan, design, and manage some of the highest-performing commercial centers in the business.

Robert Gibbs, President, Gibbs Planning Group / Terry Shook, FAIA, Founding Partner and Principal, Shook Kelley, Inc. /
202: Fostering Authenticity: New Tactics for Mixed-use Development
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Does your downtown have an empty parking lot that needs infill development? Does your town need a small and unique hotel? What can you do about that failing shopping mall?

From City Market to Broughton Street, this session will explore the hard lessons learned and tactics used in creating great places. This session will bring together key team members that helped implement several of the New Urbanist movement’s most unique projects to share stories about how empty historic buildings were given new life as hotels and apartments, how long forgotten vacant lots and parking fields were infilled.

Participants will discuss the culmination of close to a decade of work by some of the New Urbanism’s most skilled practitioners to create and expand shared knowledge base that small-scale developers, and builders can utilize.

Russell S. Preston, Design Director, Principle Group /
202: Design Lessons of Savannah’s Squares
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Savannah is known for its public space and human-scale design. This hands-on workshop will teach the fundamentals of designing great public spaces in an urban context. Participants will learn the grammar and vocabulary of Savannah ‘s squares, then venture into the field to measure these squares and the streets that surround them. Afterward, participants will apply these skills in an exercise where they will redesign one of Savannah’s “lost squares”.

Eric Brown, Principal, Brown Design Studio / James Dougherty, Director of Design, Dover, Kohl & Partners Planning / David Gobel, Professor of Architectural History, Savannah College of Art and Design / Christian Sottile, Sottile and Sottile, Urban Analysis & Design / Robin Williams, Architectural History Department Chair, Savannah College of Art and Design /
202: Hacking FEMA: How to Help Cities in the First 60 Days
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Laura Clemons, Founder & CEO, Collaborative Communities /
TOUR: Introduction to Savannah's Architecture
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Savannah has a world class mix of architectural styles which have been preserved. Participants will learn about the reasons people used various materials and building techniques, what builders were trying to convey with specific styles, and how all of this fits into the context of Savannah’s urban design.

Core: Designing, Financing, and Building Small-Scale Affordable Infill Housing
2:15 PM - 3:15 PM

More than a half-century of contorting regulatory and finance systems to support large single-family homes in the ‘burbs has made it tough to resupply small-scale housing types (cottage courts, duplexes, quads, etc.) that provided affordable choices before the era of auto dependency. New urbanist practitioners have been exploring strategies to restore “Missing Middle” housing using combinations of “lean,” incremental development techniques. This session, led by Bruce Tolar, an architect/planner/developer who’s been among the pioneers in small-scale infill, will present case studies linking innovative design, finance and construction oversight in projects throughout the U.S. Emerging success stories point to the potential for applying similar strategies wherever infill supply/demand gaps are growing.

Bruce B. Tolar, P.A., Architect, Architect Bruce B. Tolar, P.A. /
Harnessing Self-Driving Vehicles: Actions to Take Today for Better Cities Tomorrow
2:30 PM - 3:30 PM

The first self-driving vehicles are already on the street, picking up passengers, carrying freight, and sometimes crashing. As William Gibson said, "The future is already here – it's just not evenly distributed yet." The transition from horse and buggy to motorcars reshaped our cities, and the age of autonomous vehicles will as well. Passively waiting to see what automakers deliver is inadequate. Designers, planners, and city leaders need to take action today to harness the remarkable capabilities of self-driving vehicles, and restrain their potential to send us galloping down the road toward further sprawl, pollution and social inequality. Leaders in transportation planning and the city design will share the specific actions, policies and strategies they are taking now, and how those could be applied to cities from Savannah to São Paulo to Stockholm.

Catherine Ciaro / Michael Lim / Art Pearce / Patrick Siegman, Principal, Nelson/Nygaard /
2:30 PM - 3:30 PM

Harnessing Self-Driving Vehicles: Actions to Take Today for Better Cities Tomorrow
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Core: Walkability
3:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Jeff B. Speck, CNU-A, AICP, LEED AP, Honorary ASLA, Principal, Speck & Associates LLC /
4:30 PM - 5:15PM

Join CNU for a pre-plenary reception in the Lobby of the Savannah Civic Center and mingle with fellow attendees, exhibitors, and friends.

Plenary: Just Sustainabilities in Policy, Planning and Practice
5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

In his keynote, Julian will first outline the concept of 'just sustainabilities' He will argue that integrating social needs and welfare, offers us a more ‘just,’ rounded, and equity-focused definition of sustainability and sustainable development, while not negating the very real environmental threats we face. He will then look at examples of just sustainabilities in policy, planning and practice focusing on ideas about ‘Complete Streets’ and urban design, planning for intercultural cities; urban agriculture and food justice, and Sharing Cities as a more relational concept than the largely transactional notion of the sharing economy.

VIP/ Sponsor Reception
7:00 PM - 9:30 PM

Reception in Johnson Square
7:15 PM - 8:30 PM

Bar Crawl
8:30 PM - 10:00 PM

Thursday, May 17
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 Historic Savannah. 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.

CNU Christian Caucus Breakfast
7:00 AM - 9:00 AM

7:00 AM - 7:00 PM

Pick up your badge, bag, and printed program at the Registration Desk and interact with exhibitors in the Foyer of the DeSoto.

Small Developer Morning Meet Up
7:45 AM - 9:00 AM

TOUR: The Savannah Plan
8:00 AM - 10:00 AM

As the city of Savannah expanded into its open space it adapted the original town plan in ways never anticipated by General Oglethorpe. These variations helped shape architectural design and led to remarkable subtlety and hierarchy in the city's building stock.

David Gobel, Professor of Architectural History, Savannah College of Art and Design / Robin Williams, Architectural History Department Chair, Savannah College of Art and Design /
TOUR: Canal District/ Arena Vision
8:00 AM - 10:30 AM

Join the design team and city officials to learn about plans to transform a drainage canal into a vibrant urban waterfront and new municipal arena.

TOUR: Beaufort County- South of the Broad
8:30 AM - 12:00 PM

This half day tour will explore Palmetto Bluff and Old Town Bluffton.

Active Ground Floors in the Changing Face of Retail
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

Creative Placemaking Success for Middle-Sized Cities
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

Emerging Tools
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Antwi Akom, Associate Professor of Environmental Sociology, Public Health, and STEM Education, Co-Founder, San Francisco State University, I-SEEED / Peter Calthorpe, Principal, Calthorpe Associates /
Art Room: Savannah's Rowhouses 01 (Classroom Session)
9:00 AM - 10:15 AM

Affordability: The Intersection of Everything, Part 1, FORUM
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
The battle for affordability in America’s most desirable places is the challenge of our times. Anxious awareness of a growing gap between household wealth and the costs of access to the benefits of great urban environments will influence growth management and redevelopment decisions for decades. New urbanism and new urbanists should be up to the tasks of identifying and implementing ways forward. The movement recognizes the complex ways high-opportunity places evolve, and its practitioners have developed design, policy and finance strategies that address that complexity. Now it’s about how to better organize efforts to face the challenge. How to account for emerging issues and leverage best practices. We set the table for a day of discussion and debate by highlighting the experiences of CNU leaders working on affordability solutions and innovators who share new urbanists’ goals but are new to Congresses. Ben Brown, Principal | Storyteller, PlaceMakers /
TOUR: Infill in Savannah
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

A surprising number of Savannah's buildings are infill properties constructed in the last three decades. Participants will see how these buildings fit into the urban fabric or clash with their surroundings.

Sara Farr-Newman, Preservation Planner, Chatham County-Savannah MPC /
The End of Real Estate
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

Incremental Solutions to (Re)Activating Big Sites and Spaces
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

Art Room: Getting the Proportions Right: Laying out Architectural Orders
10:45 AM - 12:00 PM

Member Led: Who is Reinventing the Suburbs?
12:00 PM - 1:45 PM

Member Led: Designing a City State in the Caribbean
12:45 PM - 1:45 PM

Member Led: Board Listening Session
12:45 PM - 1:45 PM

Member Led: Religion in the Public Squares and Other Savannah Models for Emulation
12:45 PM - 1:45 PM

Member Led: AARP
12:45 PM - 1:45 PM

Complete Streets and New Urbanism: Can We Converge Once and For All?
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

TOUR: Lean Urbanism
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

The Project for Lean Urbanism will restore common sense to the processes of development, building, starting small businesses, community engagement, and acquiring the necessary skills for community-building. Savannah is one of four cities selected as a pilot for testing lean urbanism concepts in practice. Tour participants will visit two areas where pink zones have been proposed and meet the people working locally on this issue.

Brian Falk, Director of Publications, Center for Applied Transect Studies /
TOUR: Beyond the Landmark District
2:00 PM - 4:30 PM

These highly desirable residential neighborhoods just outside of the urban core were developed as cars were becoming commonplace, leading to unique twists on urban squares in lower-density settings. Participants will also visit Daffin Park and see historic Grayson Stadium.

Nick Palumbo, Founder, Smart Growth Savannah /
TOUR: Bike Savannah, City on a Chainring
2:00 PM - 5:00 PM

This bicycle tour will show participants what makes Savannah’s squares, streets, and neighborhoods work. The tour will explore some of the essential and hidden features of city design.

Addressing Community Benefits within a Predictable Form-Based Code
2:15 PM - 3:30 PM

For many years, CNU has advocated for predictable codes that create great places. Meanwhile, community groups often advocate for developers to individually negotiate benefits. This is a challenge for CNU: CNU must remain committed to the charter's goals on equity and affordability. But, in a strong real estate market, a fast-tracked project that does not include negotiated benefits could be approved without benefit to the most vulnerable members of a community. Is the concept of a 'predictable' code still relevant when new development must addresses equity and displacement? This session will explore how to address equity and community benefits from development while maintaining the benefits of predictable codes. It will explore the role of inclusionary zoning, linkage fees, programs for local business and the arts and strategies to engage the public in establishing these programs while ensuring that development remains financially viable.

Scaling Up Tactical Urbanism
2:15 PM - 3:30 PM
Anthony T. Garcia, Principal, The Street Plans Collaborative /
Art Room: The Human Figure in Architectural Sculpture and Ornament
2:15 PM - 3:30 PM

Addressing Community Benefits within a Predictable Form Based Code
2:15 PM - 3:30 PM

Affordability: The Intersection of Everything, Part 2
2:15 PM - 3:30 PM

Going ROGUE; Insights on How to do What is Right, Not What is Easy
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

How do you inspire, create, and implement groundbreaking projects when the reigning leadership does not recognize, or is threatened by, the imperative for change? Building on the 2016 workshop in Seattle which laid out the groundwork for how you can act without permission, ask forgiveness later and get away with it, the first half of this session will present some unexpected national and international strategies by change-makers that altered the course of now commonly-accepted history and communities. The second half will take visionaries and practitioners through a process that will help each participant chart a course to solve their most wicked problem.

Prisca Weems, Principal, FutureProof /
Redevelopment & Code Reform in Michigan
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

After serving as the canary in the Great Recession coal mine, Michigan’s economy has rebounded. But outside of a few hot markets in larger cities, its communities have had difficulties realizing the high-quality development they seek. The state government, non-profit organizations and over 100 small and mid-sized cities have partnered to attack this problem, with help from CNU. This session will discuss lessons from a range of technical assistance and implementation approaches that have worked in Michigan. Specific topics include: CNU’s Project for Code Reform, the City of Kalamazoo’s zoning code “stress test,” the Michigan Economic Development Corporation’s Redevelopment Ready Communities and Redevelopment Ready Sites programs, and strategies for getting redevelopment sites moving in weak markets.

Luke Forrest, Director, Civic Innovations, Michigan Municipal League / Dan Gilmartin, Executive Director & CEO, Michigan Municipal League /
Art Room: Savannah’s Rowhouses / Classic Architectural Orders 02 (Practice in the Field)
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Eric Brown, Principal, Brown Design Studio / Kenny Craft /
Small Towns, Big Ideas: Progressive Transportation Solutions, Tactics, + Tenacity
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

While our urban areas and large cities account for a rapidly growing percentage of the world's population, small towns play an integral role in the overall development of the economic, social and environmental health of our planet and related settlement patterns. Traditionally designed around the human-foot, small towns-- like all American cities-- became car dependent. Today, small towns are making great strides in transitioning back into pedestrian-friendly, transit-driven communities.

From innovative demand-based transportation planning, the nation's first rural Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) system in the Roaring Fork Valley, Colorado and Transit Oriented Developments (TOD), to walkability action plans and "Highway to Main Street" transformations, Small Towns are using progressive transportation solutions to evolve from car dependent to pedestrian friendly and transit-powered.

In this session, participants will explore some of the latest, innovative transportation solutions implemented in Small Towns. In addition, participants will: consider civil participation strategies that educate and create advocacy, equip and empower local change and discuss, with specific examples, ways that transportation can support a car-oriented to pedestrian-oriented transition. Participants will contemplate new ways to foster strong, resilient and inclusive small towns which bridge the urban-rural divide.

Marianne Stuck, Urban Designer, Design Workshop /
Redevelopment and Code Reform in Michigan
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

The Future of Education in Urbanism
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Ellen Dunham-Jones, Professor of Architecture and Urban Design, Georgia Institute of Technology /
Affordability: The Intersection of Everything
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Plenary: Economic Development in Small and Mid-sized Cities & What I Found in a Thousand Towns
5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Kennedy Smith, Principal, Community Land Use and Economics Group / Dar Williams, Singer, Songwriter, Author /
Chapter Block Party
7:30 PM - 9:00 PM

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

Friday, May 18
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 Historic Savannah. 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.

7:00 AM - 7:00 PM

Pick up your badge, bag, and printed program at the Registration Desk and interact with exhibitors in the Foyer of the DeSoto.

TOUR: The Squares of Savannah
8:00 AM - 10:00 AM

Downtown Savannah has a wide variety of squares including CNU Charter Award winning Ellis Square. While all roughly the same size and configuration, the squares serve different functions within the city. We will discuss the 'wall' of buildings around the square as well as the effect that the surrounding building types has upon the use of the squares.

David Gobel, Professor of Architectural History, Savannah College of Art and Design /
TOUR: Missing Middle Housing: Found!
8:00 AM - 10:00 AM

Housing types that have gone extinct in other cities seem to thrive in Savannah. This walking tour will examine preserved housing and new infill construction.

TOUR: SCAD Buildings- Anchoring Urbanism
8:00 AM - 10:00 AM

Participants will learn about the SCAD campus to understand its history and its impact on the surrounding city. The tour will highlight CNU Charter Award winning SCAD Museum of Art and other buildings.

Health Challenges in Low Income Communities
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

Affordability/ Low Income & Mobility
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

Small Town Urbanism
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

NUR: New Urbanist Parking Problems & the Future of Transport
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

New Urbanists have long been challenging the efficacy of municipal regulations – such as zoning ordinances, street and intersection design standards, as well as parking minimums – trying to prove that building great places with such guidelines is nearly impossible. Over the last decade, the research has finally started to catch up with what we’ve been doing. While this has helped make what was once peculiar more commonplace, much work remains to be done.

We continue in this tradition with a new generation of researchers that are trying to make significant contributions to the practice of New Urbanism. This session features the latest research contributions to the movement from the researchers themselves.

The following papers – on the topic of New Urbanist Parking Problems & the Future of Transport – will be presented.

Converting Garages into Houses A Comparison of Parking Requirement Strategies Impacts of Ride-Hailing on Parking The Future of Sustainable Transportation Wesley E. Marshall, Ph.D., P.E., Assistant Professor of Civil Engineering, University of Colorado Denver /
Intersections of Social Capital and Inclusion with Sprawl Retrofits
9:00 AM - 10:15 AM

How can New Urbanists incorporate new approaches for fostering social inclusion and social justice in sprawl retrofit projects and initiatives? In this session we will hear from planning and design activists and researchers with fresh insights into intersections between building social capital and retrofitting sprawl into better, stronger, and more resilient suburban places. The approaches include careful observations of emplaced social life in a large suburban retrofit (Daybreak, UT) from an embedded anthropologist, tools for sustainability activism to redevelop brownfields and greyfields in a distressed suburban hamlet with community benefits (Wyandanch, NY), suburban community blogging informed by deep local knowledge of neighborhoods (Silver Spring, MD), and cutting edge academic research into incorporating social science into public space design. Short presentations will be followed by a lively moderated discussion.

Rachel Heiman, Associate Professor of Anthropology, Chair of Urban Studies, The New School / Vanessa Pugh, Chief Deputy Commissioner, Department of Labor, Licensing and Consumer Affairs, Suffolk County, New York / Dan Reed, Writer, Urban Planner, Blogger, / June Williamson, Associate Professor of Architecture - Spitzer School of Architecture, The City College of New York/CUNY /
Art Room: Travel Sketching, Painting and Photography 01 – Classroom Session
9:00 AM - 10:15 AM

Learn techniques to enhance your powers of observation through on-site sketching and painting. Leading practitioners share their methods for quickly and vividly capturing key forms and details that contribute to the character of a place.

Plenary: Liveable Cities for the 21st Century
10:45 - 12:00 PM
Jan Gehl, Founding Partner, Gehl Architects /
Member Led: Implementing Context Sensitive Streets; The New Handbook (ITE)
12:45 PM - 1:45 PM

Member Led: Highways to Boulevards- Lessons from the Past, Present, and Future
12:45 PM - 1:45 PM

Member Led: Moving Forward from the Climate Summit
12:45 PM - 1:45 PM

Member Led: What is a Healthy Neighborhood? Developing a Neighborhood Health Score
12:45 PM - 1:45 PM

Member Led: Chatham Legacy Project
12:45 PM - 1:45 PM

Art Room: Travel Sketching, Painting and Photography 02 – Practice in the Field
12:45 PM - 2:00 PM
Dede Christopher / Bill Dennis, Architect & Urban Designer, B. Dennis Town and Building Design / Kenneth Garcia, Town Planner, Dover, Kohl & Partners / Dan Osborne / Joe Skibba, Illustrator, Urban Design Associates / JJ Zanetta, Founder, Zanetta Illustration /
NUR: Realizing Safe, Resilient, and Equitable Cities
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

If New Urbanists build it, they will come. This is a nice sentiment – and usually true – but are we doing enough to make sure these places will also be safe, resilient, and equitable? The last decade has brought a renaissance of New Urbanist research to the Congress, and this session features researchers attempting to get at the heart of these issues.

The following papers – on the topic of Realizing Safe, Resilient, and Equitable Cities will be presented: Milwaukee Junction Creative Campus Buildings Don’t Bounce: The Design Paradox of Urban Resilience Seeing the ‘Unseen’ in Devens, MA Exploring Neglected Safety Equity Issues

TOUR: Downtown Churches
1:30 PM - 4:30 PM

The Historic Houses of Worship Tour allows the visitors to explore the architectural history of Savannah. The unique designs of the 4 churches and 1 synagogue tell an important story about Savannah and its plan. A portion of the registration fee will support the Downtown Savannah Association local community grant program.

Social Justice & Equity
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

TOUR: Urbanism and the African American Experience
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

The history, culture, and legacy of the African American peoples of the Sea Islands - also known as Gullah Geechee - has had a profound impact on the city of Savannah. Participants will learn the complex connections between Savannah’s built environment and its racial history.

TOUR: Boxport Re-visited
2:00 PM - 4:30 PM

Participants will experience a concept for a multi-use, sustainable shipping container public space that bridges the existing gaps between Savannah’s low-income community, Savannah residents, the port and tourists.

Engaging the Unlikely
2:15 PM - 3:30 PM

What sorts of new engagement tools welcome groups who don't usually come to the table? To get that complex mix of age, income, and race that truly reflects the collective local vision and makes for resilient, equitable places? In this session, we’ll get an update on the latest action techniques, like tactical urbanism, as well as communications techniques, like open space technology. Tactical Urbanism is being used as a public engagement technique at the metropolitan scale in places like greater Los Angeles, Miami-Dade County, and Thessaloniki, Greece. The tool helps address many issues at once: mistrust in government, language/cultural barriers, and lack of leadership from municipal government. We’ll also discuss emerging electronic tools, including a Minecraft lounge, where participants are encouraged to work together to model what they love about downtown and calm what they fear using to-scale buildings of existing conditions.

Hazel Borys, Managing Principal, PlaceMakers / Jennifer Hurley, AICP, NJPP, CNU-A, President & CEO, Hurley-Franks & Associates / Mike Lydon, Principal, The Street Plans Collaborative / Christine Wacta, Professor of Architecture, Savannah College of Art and Design /
Art Room: Design of Public Spaces
2:15 PM - 3:30 PM

Make your public spaces really sing! The art of public space design has evolved considerably through New Urbanist practice. In this hands-on session, learn how to build upon timeless design fundamentals while incorporating the latest ideas for programming public spaces with landscaping, lighting, architecture and activities to create truly compelling destinations.

Saving Nature with Walkable Urbanism
2:15 PM - 3:30 PM

This session explores how two award-winning plans used walkable urbanism to preserve open space, create access to nature, and encourage infill and redevelopment. Both the Beaufort Civic Master Plan (2014 CNU Charter Award) and the Davidson Rural Area Plan (2017 Sustain Charlotte, 2017 NC APA Awards) employ form-based frameworks to achieve desired growth within and immediately adjacent to their historic communities.

Beaufort’s focus on strategies at the neighborhood, block and building scale enabled protection and expansion of the public waterfront and natural infrastructure, while also strengthening downtown’s image, neighborhoods and corridors, and economic development. The plan clarified Beaufort’s capital investments, established partnerships, attracted grant funding, and led to a city-wide form-based code. Davidson’s RAP emphasizes open space preservation, connectivity, and walkability that innovatively conserves 65% of the Town’s rural area via publicly-accessible open space centered around mixed-use village centers. Ultimately, each plan illustrates walkable development and conservation going hand-in-hand.

Trey Akers / Libby Anderson, City of Beaufort / Jason Burdette, City of Davidson / Lauren Kelly, Project Development Planner , City of Beaufort / Craig Lewis, Stantec /
Comparing Different Form-Based Code Platforms
2:15 PM - 3:30 PM

Waterfronts and Urbanism
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Sharon Woods /
Financing New Urbanism
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Ward Davis, Developer, Ruskin Heights / Frank Starkey, President, Longleaf Development Co. /
Whose Plaza Is It? Placemaking and Equity Meet Head On
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

CoDesign and Collaboration in Creative Commuity-Led Practice
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Art Room: ABCs of PUDs
4:00 PM - 5:15 PM

Like it or not, Planned Unit Developments are a dominant means by which mixed-use master plans are realized in most municipalities. During this highly interactive hands-on workshop, facilitators will guide participants through specific techniques used to create winning PUD designs. Participants will then have the chance to exercise those techniques by developing master plans for a hypothetical site. Sustainability strategies for stormwater, solar orientation, and district systems will also be built into the process. A voluntary pinup at the end of the workshop will allow participants to discuss their designs with the group. ALSO: Drawing tools and materials will be provided. Participants of all skill levels are welcome! No prior drawing experience is required. (Farr Associates will provide all drawing materials).

Charter Awards Reception
5:00 PM - 6:30 PM

Join us for drinks in Telfair Square after the 2018 Charter Awards Ceremony.

Charter Awards Ceremony
6:30 PM - 8:00 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 co-chairs Jennifer Hurley and Maurice Cox for an evening honoring this year's Charter Awards recipients. The 2018 Congress Legacy Project Design Teams will also present their final reports to their legacy communities.

Friday Night Debates
8:00 PM - 9:30 PM

CNU 26.Dance Party
9:30 PM - 11:00 PM

Get your dancing shoes ready! DJ PlaceMakahs will be spinning your favorite dance tunes. Join us at Savannah Spirits.

Saturday, May 19
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM

TOUR: Lost Savannah
9:00 AM - 11:30 AM

As Savannah grew and evolved, Oglethorpe’s original ward structure with its gridiron street pattern and central square, continued to be utilized as the building blocks for city expansion well into the mid-nineteenth century. A total of 24 squares were laid out—however only 22 remain today. This tour will focus on the western edge of the Savannah Landmark Historic District which has seen deterioration (and in some areas restoration) of the ward structure over the years, primarily due to automobile-centric thinking and ideas in the twentieth century.

TOUR: Sea Level and Coastal Savannah
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Coastal communities are faced with unique challenges from sea level rise, increasing storm surge, habitat transformation and salt water intrusion. Both traditional and modern forms of development will be explored and contrasted in both a local, regional and scaleable frame. Locations include Pin Point Fishing Community (former childhood home of Clarence Thomas), Wormsloe Plantation and Isle of Hope.

Todd Hollaway, Founder, Holloway Environmental Planning /
TOUR: Historic Pavement
9:00 AM - 12:30 PM

Pavement was integral to the creation of the modern city. Savannah preserves a greater variety of historic pavements in a concentrated area than any other American city. Explore the various types of historic pavements as well as modern variants reintroduced for drainage and traffic calming.

Plenary: Talkin’ ’Bout My G-G-Generation
9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
Kristen Jeffers, Grassroots Planner and Placemaker / Kevin Klinkenberg, AIA, Executive Director, Savannah Development and Renewal Authority / Todd Zimmerman, Principal, Zimmerman/Volk Associates, Inc. /
Savannah Day: Savannah as Platform- Southside Legacy Project
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

TOUR: Downtown Homes
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Savannah’s Tour of Homes features exquisite architecture, beautiful furnishings, and gracious hospitality. This intimate tour experience allows guests to look “behind the doors” at some of Savannah's most beautiful private residences *Some of the funds from the tour support the Downtown Savannah Association local community grant program ... this tour should be available for partners/spouses of registered CNU attendees.

TOUR: Sketching Rowhouses/ Lane Houses of Savannah
12:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Participants will sketch a variety of building in close proximity to learn creative and graceful ways that a variety of housing types can co-exist.

TOUR: Tactical Urbanism Thomas Square Retrofit/ Starland District
12:00 PM - 3:30 PM

The most diverse and eclectic mix of what Savannah has to offer can be found in the Starland District. This vibrant area contains a test zone for Lean Urbanism. Major institutions such as SCAD, Live Oak Public Library, Creative Coast, and a new charter School call this neighborhood home. Participants will learn about recent and upcoming development in the area. Following the tour participants will be invited to participate in a tactical urbanism activity at nearby Thomas Square led by Clinton Edminster.

Kevin Klinkenberg, AIA, Executive Director, Savannah Development and Renewal Authority /
Savannah Day: Savannah as Platform- Brunswick Legacy Project
12:15 PM - 1:15 PM

Savannah Day: Savannah as Platform- Eastside Legacy Project
1:30 PM - 3:00 PM

Savannah Day: Lessons Learned in Savannah
3:15 PM - 5:00 PM

Closing Party
5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

Registration queries should be directed to: Kelly Moran,