CNU Monthly Review

December 2011 

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CNU 2011 Year-End Drive

If you haven't done so already, now is the time to participate in CNU's 2011 Year-End Drive! Help us build on the past year's accomplishments, overcome our challenges, and secure CNU's future success. Donate $50 and above and receive a book as a thank you. Give the gift of a CNU membership. Or align your organization as a corporate member. 

Donate now and help shape communities into dynamic places.



2012 Board Elections

As we enter our 20th year, CNU will be conducting member-led elections for a number of seats on the Board of Directors.

Are you ready to directly shape the voice of the CNU? Want to discuss the best ways for CNU to remove obstacles to urbanism, and apply the principles of our Charter? 

Here's your opportunity, as the Call for Candidates for the CNU Board of Directors is now officially open! 


Register for CNU 20

Our 20th annual Congress will be held in West Palm Beach, FL, May 9-12, 2012 and is already filling up with speakers such as Richard Florida, Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk, Leon Krier, Andres Duany, Michael Dennis, and many more being added every day. Register before the end of the year and receive guaranteed seating at the last-ever Athena Medals Ceremony, honoring the renown team behind New York's Peterson-Littenberg Architecture and Urban Design, Barbara Littenberg and Steven Peterson. 

Add Your Voice: CNU Public Square and Open Innovation Track

Earlier this month, we brought back the CNU Public Square, an online open forum where ideas come to congregate. Share your thoughts with CNU co-founder Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk on the accomplishments of and challenges facing CNU before the end of the year, and participate in in-depth discussions leading up to this year's 202 courses.  

And be prepared for the launch of this year's Open Innovation Track. Ready your idea(s) to submit via come January 3rd.

Sustainable Cities Collective Media Partnership


CNU is excited to announce its collaboration with Sustainable Cities Collective as a media partner for CNU 20. Sustainable Cities Collective is one of the leading websites for leaders of major metropolitan areas, urban planning and sustainability professionals.  


Stay tuned for further details on how SCC will maintain a real-time live-blog and new media presence at CNU 20.



Call for Proposals for Pro-Walk/Pro-Bike; CNU Transportation Summit   


Calling all transportation reformers!  CNU is partnering with Pro-Walk/Pro-Bike to better exchange ideas and lessons between new urbanists and bike and pedestrian planners. Leading into Pro-Walk/Pro-Bike - to be held September 10-13, 2012 -, CNU will hold a summit to advance transportation reforms September 9-10, 2012. In preparation, CNU invites members to submit their transportation projects and presentation ideas to the 17th Pro-Walk/Pro-Bike conference.    



Introducing the new Highways-to-Boulevards TUMBLR Forum


CNU's Highways-to-Boulevards initiative continues to gain currency among the greater public. Building off such momentum, CNU is excited to unveil the Highways-to-Boulevards Tumblr forum, a public platform for activists, academics, practitioners, engineers, professionals and more, to discuss and share resources on the freeway removal movement.



Join the conversation!

The Future of Claiborne Avenue


On December 6, more than 120 New Orleans residents attended "Local Street Networks and the Future of Claiborne Avenue."  The event presented research and reflections from both local and national experts on the potential impact of I-10 freeway removal, and helped spark renewed interest in removing I-10 from New Orleans' urban fabric. 





Norquist makes "The Case for Congestion" in The Atlantic Cities  


This month, CNU CEO & President John Norquist contributed an article to The Atlantic Cities, making the case that congestion can often be a characteristic of a healthy and vibrant city.





Read the article>>


New Urban News now Better! Cities and Towns


New Urban News is now Better! Cities and Towns. 


As a CNU member, nothing will change in regards to your subscription.


For more information on why New Urban News is changing its name, read the letter from editor Rob Steuteville.



Read more>>


The Bright Minds of CNU Talk to TED


TED talks showcase "ideas worth spreading." 


Global in their ambitions, TED works to "bring together the world's most fascinating thinkers and doers, who are challenged to give the talk of their lives (in 18 minutes or less)."

Click below to watch just some of the bright minds behind CNU talk to TED. 


Watch CNU@TED>>


10K Strong on Twitter!

A tremendous thank you goes out to all of our #Twitter followers, an army that is now over 10,000+ strong!

Follow @NewUrbanism for your daily news and CNU fix.



Follow CNU on Twitter!



NCI Charrette System Certificate Training

1/11/12-1/13/12 | Miami, FL


Sixth International Conference on Design Principles and Practices

1/20/12-1/22/12 | Los Angeles, CA


Seaside Prize 2011

1/27/12-1/28/12 | Seaside, FL


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