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November 2010


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CNU Seeking Academic Papers and Reviewers for CNU 19 in Madison
Deadline is December 3, 2010

The Congress for the New Urbanism (CNU) is gearing up for CNU 19, which means it is time for the annual Call for Academic Papers. Every year, CNU asks for the submission of academic papers representing the most creative and innovative ideas in New Urbanism. Several papers are then selected for presentation at CNU's annual Congress, which this year is in Madison, Wisconsin, from June 1-4, 2011. All submitted papers are critiqued and commented on by at least two reviewers. Last year, we received twenty-five submissions and had nine academics present papers.

The deadline for paper submission is December 3rd, 2010. We are particularly interested in papers that address Urban Agriculture and Bikeability, but all papers that feature discussions of New Urbanism are welcome.

CNU is also searching for reviewers for these academic papers. Reviewers should be familiar with New Urbanist projects and issues and be willing to thoughtfully review submitted papers. Each reviewer will be matched with one or more papers based on the reviewer's particular expertise. If you are interested in serving as a reviewer, please send a short description of your expertise to

Visit for more details on paper submissions or on volunteering as a paper reviewer.

Thank you for your time, energy, and commitment to New Urbanism. We hope to see you at CNU 19: "Growing Local," from June 1-4, 2011, in Madison, Wisconsin.

Cash Prizes Added to 2011 Charter Awards
Grand Prize will be given for outstanding fulfillment of Charter Principles

The CNU Charter Awards now comes with a financial prize. Through the generous support of the Fund for the Environment & Urban Life, CNU will be offering $5,000 for the best professional project and $1,000 for the best academic project.

From its inception, the CNU Charter Awards seek to recognize the best of new urbanists' work. Going into its 11th year, CNU's Charter Awards have generated more than 1,200 entries and recognized over 150 projects from more than 100 firms or schools.

CNU is now seeking submissions for the 2011 Charter Awards. The awards recognize outstanding design, development and policy achievements from around the world that embody the principles of the Charter of the New Urbanism. CNU invites your submissions - whether the work is architecture, landscape, and urban design, or the publications, policies, plans, and codes that shape urbanism. Awards are invited across the Charter's three scales, from broad regions to individual blocks and buildings, and at any step in the implementation process.

Awards are selected by a jury of distinguished urbanists, led this year by CNU co-founder Elizabeth Moule, Principal of Moule & Polyzoides, Architects and Urbanists, and judged on the extent to which they fulfill and advance the principles of the Charter of the New Urbanism. Submitters also have the opportunity to describe how projects advance the operating principles in the Canons of Sustainable Architecture and Urbanism, found at

The format of the Charter Awards will remain largely the same; projects will be asked to submit under three scales of the charter and the jury will select a group of award winners - typically between 8 and 12 projects. For their outstanding fulfillment of the principles of New Urbanism, the Grand Professional Prize and the Grand Academic Prize will be chosen from the final group.

Submit your projects by the January 12, 2011 deadline. For more information on eligibility and submission requirements, please visit the awards site at

a3 Launches, Registration Right Around the Corner
Registration for CNU 19 will open December 1, 2010

If you are excited to start learning about CNU's congress in Madison, the wait is over! You can now head over to for details on our most exciting congress yet! Our site has information on Monona Terrace, the city of Madison, and the tracks you can follow at CNU 19. So what are you waiting for? Go check out now!

Once you explore the site be sure to bookmark it because CNU 19 registration is opening on December 1, 2010. Register early to put your company budget to good use. Don't wait to register and risk losing out on the best tours and 202 classes, as well as our early bird discount!

Starting on the first of the month, head over to for more details. We look forward to seeing you in Madison, WI, from June 1-4, 2011!

John Norquist Visits Australian New Urbanists
Travels to Brisbane, Sydney, and Melbourne

CNU President John Norquist joined US DOT Asst. Secretary Polly Trottenberg, New York Planning Association Executive Director Robert Yaro and HUD Asst. Secretary Raphael Bostic at Sustainability Conference in Brisbane Australia. The four spoke to a conference organized by the Sydney University's US Studies Center. Australian federal, state and local officials attended along with people from the environmental, design and development sectors.

The conference also gave Norquist the opportunity to meet with Australian new urbanists Wendy Morris, Chip Kaufman, Steven Bowers and Peter Richards. ACNU has held several conferences and is moving toward becoming a fully operational NGO.

Australian cities are challenged by sprawled development patterns similar to US cities. Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne have all experienced auto centric growth in the post WW II era, but recently have embraced transit and tighter and more connected development patterns as a goal. The goal is undermined by an aggressive road building program that parallels the US post war road building boom. See Brisbane's downtown Riverside Expressway above.

Sprawl is also abetted by separate use zoning that plagues even projects that claim to be high density green. The three cities do have greater transit assets than most US cities. Brisbane has a vast commuter train system which will soon be supplemented with a new downtown subway rapid transit line. Melbourne saved its extensive streetcar system and also enjoys a large commuter rail system. Sydney, like Stockholm and Seattle is served by a complex network of ferries in addition to its commuter rail system.

Read Andrew West's article about John from The Sydney Morning Herald here.

November Election Results
Prop 23 Rejected, Comprehensive Plans, and High-Speed Rail

Proposition 23 Rejected

Before the election, CNU's board took a stance against California's Prop 23. If passed, the proposition would have essentially repealed California's strongest environmental protection law designed to decrease auto dependency and reduce greenhouse gasses. But thanks to California voters, the proposition failed by a large margin.

Comprehensive Plans

Amendment 4 in Florida, which would have required a referendum for any change to local comprehensive plans, failed. Sponsored by Florida Hometown Democracy, Inc., the proposed Amendment 4 sought a solution for, in their opinion, mismanaged growth. Among reasons cited by those opposed include the sheer volume of comprehensive plan changes would be difficult for the general public to follow and would cost taxpayers substantially more given the number of referendums required during the year. Despite positive polling earlier in 2010, the amendment failed 67% to 33%.

High-Speed Rail

CNU believes high-quality intercity rail service is part of a complete transportation system. Unfortunately two newly elected Republican governors don't see it that way. Scheduled for high-speed rail, Ohio's and Wisconsin's governor-elects say no thanks. They say it is not that they don't want the federal money, but that they don't want the burden of rail operations on their state budget. What is lost on them is the existing burden of operating and maintaining state highways, a much greater cost than the rail operations. Perhaps investing in rail now can lead to savings on roads or other road-related costs later.

Read on for expanded coverage and commentary in the CNU Salons.

New at CNU and
The latest news from our site
  • Rethinking Housing for a New Economy. Will the recent economic crisis fundamentally change the way Americans view housing?
  • An impressive month for federal sustainability partnership. In a breathtaking series of press conferences and releases as well as a major report, the federal Partnership for Sustainable Communities and the Department of Transportation have rolled out coordinated, multiple announcements of federal assistance to an impressive and wide array of sustainability projects across the country.
  • Prop 23 Rejected. Prop 23, the California proposition that CNU took a stance against, was rejected by California votes on election day.
  • Rail and District Energy: Streets Paved in Better Than Gold. Could use of district energy for heating and cooling help to allow better urban design by increasing value in core area buildings (where it works best)?

Upcoming Events on CNU Event Calendar
Check out

Transportation Bonanza II

December 8, 2010 - December 9, 2010
Lansing Center (Dec. 8) and Radisson Lansing (Dec. 9) in Lansing, MI
more info...

Smarter Codes, Smarter Growth: How to Achieve your Smart Growth Goals through Zoning Code Reform
February 2, 2011
Westin Charlotte Hotel - Charlotte, NC
more info...

The Death + Life of Social Factors: A Conference Reexamining Behavioral and Cultural Research in Environmental Design
April 29, 2011 - May 1, 2011
Berkeley, California, 94720, U.S.A.
more info...

For more upcoming events, check out CNU's event calendar.

Young Adults Want Apartments and iPhones, not Houses and Cars
Study done by GWL Realty Advisers

A recent article on the Treehugger website indicates the increasing preference for urban living among our friends to the north. Citing a study by GWL Realty Advisers, the value systems of young Canadians are increasingly pointing towards living in denser, more walkable communities, and renting their housing. The study indicates that people value the innovation that can emerge from rubbing elbows in the cafes and other third places in cities. As well, having work and home close together results in more time spent with friends and family. Lastly, the young adult generation is more likely to identify freedom with small gadgets such as iPhones rather than big ticket items like cars and homes. This makes a decision to live in an urban apartment much more desirable.   

The Partnership for Sustainable Communities Relaunches Website
Check out

The Partnership for Sustainable Communities (PSC) has just relaunched their website. Head over to for news, ideas, and insights on sustainable community planning and development.

PSC "is a national information, research, and advocacy organization focused on helping city officials, politicians, civic leaders, and real estate professionals work together to create communities that are more environmentally, economically, and socially sustainable." Their mission is "to advance the sustainability of communities, including the reduction of GHG emissions, by promoting land use policies and development practices that encourage location ally and environmentally efficient development, reduce sprawl, offer housing and economic opportunities for personals of all incomes, and support revitalization of neglected urban areas."

About the Congress for the New Urbanism
The Congress for the New Urbanism (CNU) is the leading organization promoting regions, cities and towns built around walkable, mixed-use neighborhoods.  Learn more.