New Urban Research

  • Crosstown_Concourse_2018_Charter_LooneyRicksKiss
    From former warehouse to "vertical village"
    <strong>Crosstown Concourse</strong>&nbsp; <em>Memphis, Tennessee</em>

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

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

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

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

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  • Southside
    Ten acres that transformed a city #thisiscnu

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

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These New Urban research papers look at the implementation of New Urbanism in regional planning in cities both inside and outside the United States.

As more and more cities consider how to adapt their streets to mobility solutions that de-prioritize automobiles, new possibilities open up for urban development. These New Urban research papers explore new metrics for mobility and the resulting outcomes.


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 were presented at CNU.26 Savannah. 


In 2017, CNU prioritized research that investigated the impacts and effectiveness of the last quarter-century of New Urbanist accomplishments and furthered the study of building sustainable, equitable, livable places. Special attention was paid to submissions that offered lessons to practitioners and policymakers.

The following papers were presented at the 25th annual Congress for the New Urbanism in Seattle, Washington, May 3-6, 2017.


CNU did not hold a Call for New Urban Research in 2016.


For decades, U.S. transportation policy gave priority to automobile movement over the social and economic needs of people living along our streets. A focus on mobility eroded accessibility, degraded the public realm, created travel spaces unsafe for pedestrians and bicyclists, and led to spatial inequalities that characterize our metropolitan regions today.

CNU accepted academic papers that focus on the interaction between equity and transportation - exploring equity impacts of transportation planning decisions as well as incorporating issues of equity into how these decisions are made. CNU's research interest was on particular user groups that have been historically underrepresented in transportation planning decisions (minority and low-income populations, women, children, the elderly, and people with disabilities) and innovations in the decision-making processes that lead to more equitable cities.

The following papers were presented at CNU 23 in Dallas, TX from April 29 - May 2, 2015:


CNU accepted papers which discussed Urban Design Education Methods. CNU looked for academic investigations that address questions of tradition and/or innovation in the education of urban design postulants or in the construction and deployment of responsive urban design programs.

CNU accepted papers which discussed New Urbanism & Transportation. The research undertook critical discussion and practice of New Urbanism with respect to transportation. Topics included, performance measures, travel and traffic behavior and psychology, road safety, transit networks, bikeway networks, street vitality, and highways to boulevards.

The following papers were presented at CNU 22 in Buffalo, NY from June 4 - June 7, 2014 :


CNU targeted the notion of “Tactical Urbanism” – a topic which was acknowledged by the curatorial committee of the Venice Biennale as one of the most pervasive global urban movements since the “Situationist International” protests in May of 1968, in France.

The accepted papers concentrated on real examples which demonstrated the feasibility or lack of practicality of projects motivated by activism rather than politics. This New Urban research delivered a summary of academic investigations exploring the appropriation of cities, the current change in the culture of planning, and the intrusions caused by projects with small life spans.

The following papers were presented from May 29 - June 1, 2013 at CNU 21 in Salt Lake City, UT:


The accepted papers focused on the relationship between urban form and the built world. The New Urban research delivered a summary of academic investigations concentrating on the roots of traditional or contemporary built forms, their physical manifestations, historical processes, and social behavior.

The following papers were presented from May 8-12, 2012 at CNU 20 in West Palm Beach, FL:


CNU accepted papers that addressed urban agriculture and bikeability. 

The following papers were presented from June 1-4, 2011 at CNU 19 in Madison, WI:


CNU accepted papers that addressed health and transportation. 

The following papers were presented from May 19-22, 2010 at CNU 18 in Atlanta, GA:


The accepted papers discussed the theme of the Congress, “Experiencing the New Urbanism: The Convenient Remedy.”

The following papers were presented from June 10-14, 2009 at CNU 17 in Denver, CO:


The following papers were presented from April 3-6, 2008 at CNU XVI in Austin, TX: