Call for Proposals

  • Southside
    Ten acres that transformed a city #thisiscnu

    Build Great Places / #thisiscnu

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

    Build Great Places / #thisiscnu

  • 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>

    Build Great Places / #thisiscnu

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

    Build Great Places / #thisiscnu

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

    Build Great Places / #thisiscnu

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

    Build Great Places / #thisiscnu

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

    Build Great Places / #thisiscnu

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

    Build Great Places / #thisiscnu

CNU 26.Savannah | May 16 - 19, 2018

CNU is now seeking session proposals for the CNU 26.Savannah Congress Program. We invite you to contribute your complete proposals to help CNU 26.Savannah showcase the versatility and effectiveness of human-scaled design and excellent placemaking in building cities and towns that endure through the years, absorbing change and rising to the challenge of growth. 

Please note that at this point, CNU is seeking complete proposals. If you would like to suggest an idea that you feel needs to be explored, please email Kristen Dunphey at CNU will do what we can to match like-minded session ideas.  Additionally, solicitations for Member-led and Open Innovation sessions will begin in January 2018.  

Topics & Themes

Session proposals may be on any topic related to New Urbanism, including (but not limited to) transportation and mobility, coding, suburban redevelopment, development and incremental development, public realm, architecture, and design. We are especially seeking session proposals on the following topics: 

  • Small and Mid-sized Towns | What are the pressing community design and development issues facing small and mid-sized towns? What are the innovative approaches? What does Main Street look like in the age of Amazon? How can places evolve with limited or slow growth? How can towns kickstart revitalization efforts? How is New Urbanism implemented in rural areas? 
  • Climate Resilience | Where have there been successful examples of New Urbanist approaches to address changing climate concerns? What design strategies have been used to help communities mitigate or adapt to changing climate conditions? 
  • Implementation Challenges | What strategies are working well—and not so well? Have you faced a barrier and developed an innovative—or replicable solution—to address it? We want to hear about what HAS been done and not what could or should be done. 
  • Equity and Social Justice | What is the design aesthetic of equity? What successful strategies have been used to engage more of the public? How have practitioners effectively addressed NIMBYism in economically challenged neighborhoods? What strategies have been used to “lift all boats” in revitalization efforts?

We are soliciting proposals for:  

  • Breakout Sessions | Breakout Sessions are a series of in-depth discussions, panels, or lectures on a specific subject area that run concurrently throughout the Congress. Successful breakout sessions incorporate a high level of discourse and provide attendees with tactics for implementation. CNU expects to select between 30-35 Breakout Sessions. 
  • 101 Core Learning Sessions | Core Learning Sessions are in-depth primers on the history, principles, concepts, and tools of New Urbanism, targeted to those that are new to New Urbanism as well as Congress participants who need an introduction to a topic. CNU expects to select between five to seven 101Core Learning Sessions. 
  • 202 Intensive Learning Workshops | Intensive Learning Workshops are advanced learning courses led by innovative practitioners. These interactive sessions are targeted to those who want to deepen their understanding and practice. Successful submissions must have an interactive component, include a leave behind, and provide attendees with tangible learning outcomes. CNU expects to select between five to seven 202 Intensive Learning Workshops.  

Session proposals will be evaluated on the following criteria: 

  • Completeness of proposal | Is the submission complete?
  • Strength of content | Does the session proposal present a new topic or an innovative perspective on an old topic?
  • Diversity of speakers | Does the session proposal represent a range of speakers, e.g., diversity in race, gender, age, discipline, and new or regularly participating CNU voices.  
  • Implementation | Does the session proposal discuss “how” to get something done vs. "why" to do it? 

Session proposals will be evaluated and ranked by a peer review committee comprised of at least two thought leaders from within the New Urbanist movement. CNU National and the Savannah Local Host Committee will curate the program based on the top ranked session proposals. 

CNU reserves the right to combine sessions and direct session organizers to incorporate additional speakers into their sessions. 

The CNU seeks diverse voices from inside and outside of the New Urbanism movement. We are committed to featuring racially, professionally, and generationally diverse voices at our annual Congress. 

By submitting a session proposal, you affirm that you understand CNU's commitment to diversity and commit yourself to helping us make CNU 26.Savannah an inclusive, immersive, and challenging experience for all attendees.

Submissions will be accepted until September 25th, 2017. For more information, please contact Kristen Dunphey at