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While delivered virtually, the CNU 29 program breaks the mold of previous Congresses, with multiple formats that maximize the benefits of the online format and encourage creativity and innovation from those proposing content. Below are the session formats contributing to CNU 29. You can submit a proposal through February 5, 2021 here.
Main Session Formats
- Panel Discussions: The closest thing you’ll find to a traditional Congress session at CNU 29 is in the Panel Discussions, which will feature a small panel of short presentations followed by discussion and Q&A that engages attendees. New to CNU 29 is the opportunity to forgo a panel presentation in favor of an emcee who will ask specific questions of each panelist to get their perspectives, before launching into a robust guided discussion. Panels will be 75 minutes long and run concurrently with other sessions.
- Deep Dives: Recreating the depth of discussion that happens in smaller groups at each Congress is one of the main goals of CNU 29. Deep Dive sessions are shorter than a traditional Congress panel and can focus on a single question, topic, idea, or discussion. Deep Dives require a “room host” or emcee and a list of potential speakers, but will not require presentations. Deep dives concepts must be focused on audience engagement, a structured concept of how you will encourage discussion, and sample questions for how you will guide attendees throughout. These sessions will be from 30-45 minutes and occur concurrently with others.
- Virtual Tour: While we won’t be walking neighborhoods and main streets together at CNU 29, our Virtual Tours provide the opportunity for you to show off your favorite place, project, city, or streetscape. Get creative and do a multi-city tour with colleagues or friends to show similarities or differences between projects, places, or even approaches. Virtual Tours will be pre-recorded, require post production from submitters, and can run from 5 to 20 minutes.
Other Session Formats
Outside of the main sessions listed above, CNU staff will be curating sessions that fall into the categories listed below. You are encouraged to submit a proposal that fits into these concepts, but CNU staff will continue to promote these opportunities outside of this call for proposals.
- Debates: In case you haven’t had your fill of debates in 2020, CNU 29 brings back this popular session type to two sides to a question or topic with the help of a moderator. Debates will occur throughout the Congress week and will last from 60-75 minutes.
- Social Events: Last summer’s virtual Congress included happy hours and game nights that lasted well into the evening. These critical opportunities for attendees to learn, network, and blow off steam are organized by members and partners. If you’re interested in hosting a social event, please email Matt Lambert (firstname.lastname@example.org).
- Innovations in Urbanism: A small group of sessions will focus specifically on uplifting new groups, voices, and topics within the movement, Innovations in Urbanism will be round-table format discussions featuring four speakers learning from one another. These sessions will be 75 minutes.
- Marketplace of Ideas: New to the Congress, CNU 29’s Marketplace of Ideas will provide a flexible platform for attendees to share lessons learned, take a quick look at new projects or innovations, or participate in a critique. These sessions will be a variety of length and format, stay tuned.
- Critiques: Learning from each other is one of the most valuable aspects of any Congress gathering. For many years, plan critiques lasted late into the night and resulted in some of the more heated discussions - with lasting impact. This year, we bring back this format. Please contact Todd Zimmerman (email@example.com) if you are interested in participating in the critiques, including as a jury member.
- Shoulder Events: While the Congress main Congress program will last from Wednesday-Friday, we are encouraging you to think about events that could happen before or after that window. Send ideas to Margaret O’Neal (firstname.lastname@example.org).