Throughout CNU’s history, the ideas and passions of our members have spun off in a multitude of directions to enable deeper work and research on the core components of New Urbanism. The organizations listed here are closely affiliated with CNU—in scope of work, in principles, and in their tireless commitment to building better places.


Form-Based Codes Institute

The Form-Based Codes Institute (FBCI) is a non-profit professional organization dedicated to advancing the understanding and use of form-based codes. FBCI pursues this objective through three main areas of action.

  • We develop standards for form-based codes.
  • We provide education.
  • We create a forum for discussion and advancement of form-based codes.

National Charrette Institute

The National Charrette Institute (NCI) is a nonprofit educational institution. We help people build community capacity for collaboration to create healthy community plans. We teach professionals and community leaders the art and science of the NCI Charrette System™, a holistic, collaborative planning process that harnesses the talents and energies of all interested parties to create and support a feasible plan. And we advance the fields of community planning and public involvement through research and publications.

National Town Builders Association

As a peer-to-peer organization, The NTBA provides an unequaled opportunity to share information and insight with the nation’s premier Town Builders. This give and take among equals in a collegial setting has proven to be the most efficient way to problem-solve, improve quality and energize the vision necessary to execute the very best of town building principles.

The NTBA is Town Builders learning from one another and committed to the following mission:

  • We are town builders committed to the successful development of smart growth neighborhoods that are economically, socially and environmentally sustainable.
  • We believe that it is important to support each other and future colleagues in creating communities of excellence that will serve as local and regional models of responsible development.
  • We wish to enhance the skills and meet the business needs of our members through peer networking and collaborative education.
  • We believe that in the development and redevelopment of America’s neighborhoods it is not only possible, but highly desirable, to do well by doing good. The pursuit of this goal requires continuous professional collaboration and leadership.

 

Center for Applied Transect Studies

The Center for Applied Transect Studies (CATS) promotes understanding of the built environment as part of the natural environment, through the planning methodology of the rural-to-urban transect. CATS supports interdisciplinary research, publication, tools, and training for the design, coding, building and documentation of resilient transect-based communities.

CATS is committed to transect-based environmental and land development principles that encourage the following outcomes:

  • Walkable, transit-connected communities
  • Comprehensive zoning reform
  • Context-based thoroughfare design and engineering
  • Affordable housing and income diversity
  • Regional, local, and individual food production
  • Passive climatic response in building and urban design
  • Reduction of environmental impacts and costs of infrastructure
  • Development and use of renewable energy technologies
  • Repair of unsustainable sprawl patterns

Seaside Institute

The Seaside Institute is dedicated to the following purposes:

  • Documenting the founding and development of the community of Seaside, which is widely considered the birthplace of land use planning philosophy known as the New Urbanism,
  • Educating public officials, students, professionals and the general public about the benefits and techniques of New Urbanism, including the study of historical precedents, and
  • Fostering education, cultural activities and the arts within Seaside and the surrounding area.
  • The Seaside Institute brings together the best thinkers and practitioners in the field of New Urbanism to discuss and debate at the highest level. Like-minded organizations are linked together so that they can learn from one another. The necessary tools to improve the way communities are formed and developed are then shared with the Institute’s partners through collaboration.

 

New Urban Guild

The New Urban Guild is dedicated to promoting the creation of better places through traditional patterns and languages of architecture and urbanism. We view the pervasiveness of disposable buildings, placeless buildings, forgettable buildings and unlovable buildings as the natural end-product of any theory of architecture that is not based primarily on human beings.

 

CNU Chapters

CNU Chapters provide a local framework to collaborate on building more great places for everyone. Chapters are a leading voice to promote and define urban design in communities and across regions. They gather local leaders, like-minded organizations, and practitioners looking for peer networking, professional development, and strategies and tools of what works in their communities.


International Organizations

Australian Council for New Urbanism

The ACNU represents an alliance of Australian and New Zealand practitioners, who are working together to improve the quality and sustainability of our urbanism.
Australian New Urbanism is a growing and evolving practice, with strong values and on a steep learning curve.

Its basic aim to improve the urban sustainability, vitality and quality of life for existing Australian towns and cities, as well as for new urban extensions. Primary tools include design, regulation, development and education, at all scales from buildings to regions.

Council for Canadian Urbanism

The Council for Canadian Urbanism (CanU) is a movement and organization of city planners, urban designers, architects, landscape architects, engineers, developers and other urbanists operating across Canada, in urban design leadership positions within city governments and the private or community sectors.

CanU strives to connect urbanists across Canada and has actively promoted the inclusion of all regions with representation in both English and French, in the use of best practices and in sharing experience in the building of great communities.

Council for European Urbanism

The Council for European Urbanism believes that European cities, their environs, and countryside are threatened by development trends which cause:

  • waste of natural and cultural resources
  • social segregation and isolation
  • the expansion of monofunctional uses/ single use zones
  • the loss of local, regional, and national uniqueness and cohesion

Since the fall of the Iron Curtain, it has been recognized that the political, economic, and social division of Europe must be overcome.   The Council for European Urbanism believes that cities and regions will play a special and integrating role in this process.   Their renewal will influence the development of a diverse European Culture.

The Council for European Urbanism perceives itself as in the tradition of recent European urbanism.