Agenda and Session Types

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

    Build Great Places / #thisiscnu

  • Southside
    Ten acres that transformed a city #thisiscnu

    Build Great Places / #thisiscnu

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

    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

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

    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

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

    Build Great Places / #thisiscnu

  • Crosstown_Concourse_2018_Charter_LooneyRicksKiss
    From former warehouse to "vertical village"
    <strong>Crosstown Concourse</strong>&nbsp; <em>Memphis, Tennessee</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 30.Oklahoma City | Resilient Together

The story of Oklahoma City is one of self determination, of overcoming obstacles, and of investing together - again and again. 

The challenges we face this century are without precedent: a rapidly changing climate, increasing wealth disparity, and an overdue adjustment to the way we recognize racism in the built environment. Yet in all that we face, we can learn from Oklahoma City - a city in the true middle of the country - that has experienced the forced relocation of Native Tribes from the Southeast, the boom and bust of the oil and gas industries, and being named the least walkable city in 2008.

Since 1993, Oklahoma City residents have participated in an unprecedented transformation, driven by three broad-scale, comprehensive capital improvement programs that have leveraged more than $7 billion worth of private investment in downtown and nearby neighborhoods over the past 27 years. Equally impressive, Oklahoma City residents have agreed to a sales tax and pay-as-you-go approach which has made the process debt-free.

Today, Oklahoma City has a lot to show for playing the long game, including the ambitious reclamation of the Oklahoma River as a civic asset; restoration of historic areas like Bricktown to productive, mixed-use districts; and realization of the new 70-acre urban Scissortail Park—a vision championed by four consecutive mayors. Because of these civic improvements, residents are returning to downtown neighborhoods, like the walkable, bikeable Wheeler District.
Join us in Oklahoma City for the 30th annual Congress for the New Urbanism. Learn how a clear commitment to urbanism, careful financing, and resident engagement can spark a city’s renaissance.

Be part of a brave, bold rebirth of a boomtown. Join us at CNU 30.OKC. 


The 30th annual Congress will take place Wednesday through Saturday, March 23-26, 2022 at the Sheraton Oklahoma City Downtown. The following session types will be all four days, including additional Tours and Workshops (to be announced) to be held on Tuesday, March 22. 

  • Snack Bites: A Short-Format Presentation: Submit your individual, short (5-to-7 minute) presentation that will be combined with others into themed sessions. If you are familiar with Open Innovation, this is a similar format. Snack Bites  is intended to provide space for new voices alongside long-timers, cross-pollination  subjects and developing  emergent dialog.
  • Charcuterie: A Group of Themed Short-Format Sessions: 75 minute sessions featuring a group of short-format (5-to-7 minute presentations). Topics may be thematic or juxtaposed to prompt conversation. Accepted sessions must have a designated emcee, a clear concept, and 5-to-7 topical presentations already lined up to be submitted. Individual presenters should represent a variety of backgrounds and professions.
  • Debates: CNU 30 brings back debates, which will occur during evening social hour sessions. Proposals must have a clear concept for the issue or topic being discussed, the sides that will be presented, and a moderator who is capable of managing the personalities (as well as the audience.)
  • Critiques: Learning from each other is one of the most valuable aspects of any Congress gathering. Critiques teach through analysis of proposals or executed projects, offering alternative approaches and discussion of constraints and trade-offs. Proposals must include general topics, projects, or production (codes or policy) as well as the proposed jury for the critique. Members do not need to be confirmed in order to submit a proposal.
  • Topical Discussions and Salons: 60 minute sessions in smaller rooms aimed at having a working session or discussion around a focused topic. Accepted sessions must have a designated topic leader as well as outcomes for the discussion. For complex discussions, a series of sessions or salons may be proposed. Evening discussions will be in the salon format, which are social hour sessions.
  • Panels: 75 minute sessions featuring a panel of 2-4 presenters on the same theme or topic. Accepted sessions must have a clear demonstration of what the audience will get out of the session, and how the session ties into the Congress theme. Presenters must represent a variety of backgrounds and organizations.
  • Tours: Explore Oklahoma City and the surrounding region by bike, foot, and bus by joining one of the tours, organized and executed by the Local Host Committee. Tours require an additional fee and can be added during registration or as an add on after you have already registered. 
  • Workshops: Advanced learning hands-on workshops led by thought leaders and innovative practitioners.
  • Core Sessions: In-depth primers on the history, principles, tools, and concepts of New Urbanism.
  • Evening Events, Socials, and Meet-ups: As always, the Congress presents numerous opportunities for attendees to gather, network, and finally be TOGETHER. Stay tuned for more updates to the schedule

Visual Schedule:

The following DRAFT visual schedule demonstrates the general flow of the CNU 30.OKC week:

Tour Visual Schedule: