CNU Monthly Review

April 2012 

Featured Stories

CNU 20 is Almost Here!  

The twentieth annual Congress for the New Urbanism is almost here. Get ready to "Rediscover, Rethink, and Redefine" CNU as we confront a New World of challenges and opportunities.  

Come to West Palm Beach, FL to engage with speakers such as Richard Florida, Peter Norton, Ellen Dunham-Jones, Dr. Richard Jackson, Shelley Poticha, James Howard Kunstler, Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk, Andres Duany, and many, many more.  

Come shape the design of our communities.  

Visit the CNU 20 website now.

Read the interactive version of the CNU 20 Program Book by clicking on the cover to the right. 
Download a copy to your desktop by clicking here.

Eric Dumbaugh Gives a Sneak Peek at 202-F: Traffic Safety and Urban Design


Watch this video to get a sneak peek of CNU 20's 202 course: Traffic Safety and Urban Design, featuring Eric Dumbaugh and Norman Garrick.


The Traffic Safety 202 is intended to provide planners, urban designers and local leaders with facts about safety trends for motor vehicles, bicyclists and pedestrians. The objective is to learn how to design communities that are not only aesthetically pleasing, but safe for pedestrians and cyclists. Dumbaugh gives a preview in this YouTube-ready clip:     




Mathew McElroy, City of El Paso, Named 2012 Groves Award Recipient

Mathew McElroy, Deputy Director of Planning and Economic Development in the City of El Paso, will be the 2012 recipient of the Groves Award. The Groves Award recognizes outstanding leadership and vision in the promotion of transect-based planning.   

Come honor McElroy's achievements during the Friday Morning Gathering at CNU 20 on Friday, May 11th at 9:00AM.


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Peter Calthorpe, Wendell Cox and the Future of California


Earlier this month, the Wall Street Journal  published an op-ed by Wendell Cox titled "California Declares War on Suburbia." In response, CNU co-founder 

Peter Calthorpe pens a lucid rebuttal to Cox's claims, highlighting the shifting demographics that are changing the way we live.


Come see Calthorpe speak at CNU 20 as part of the Friday Morning Gathering, May 11th, 9:00 am.


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Sign Up Now for the CNU 20 Salons  


CNU Salons are forums that are lively, fun and offer members the chance to meet, brainstorm, and challenge their thinking.


This year, the Salons take place on Friday, May 11, between 8:00 and 10 p.m. at O'Shea's Irish Pub in West Palm Beach. Have an idea you'd like to share? Sign up for the CNU Salons now at the Salons Sign-Up.  


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Vote in CNU Board Elections  


Over the past 2 months, CNU members have been casting their votes in CNU's first Board election process. The culmination of this process will be at CNU 20.

Click here for important dates regarding CNU's direct Board elections.


Online voting runs through May 11, 2012, with final results announced at CNU 20 on May 12, 2012.  If you haven't done so already, log in to your CNU account to vote today. See below for instructions. 


(Note: You must log in at and then access the voting booth at  

Not yet registered?
 Register for CNU 20 now!

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CNU New Strategic Plan   

As we prepare for our twentieth anniversary, CNU has adopted a new strategic plan to guide the organization for the next five years.  

Read CNU's 2012-2017 Strategic Plan.



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CNU Launches New HEALTH DISTRICTS Initiative    

With assistance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), CNU will work to advance urban design and planning criteria for Health Districts, and, in particular, Veterans Health Administration (VHA) facilities. These criteria will focus on promoting a healthy built environment that benefits patients, patients' families, health care staff and neighbors. Our efforts will be guided by the latest research in Evidence-Based Design (EBD), an emergent interdisciplinary field of research that investigates aspects of physical environments.  


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An Urban Design E-Course for Planners by Emily Talen, PhD, FAICP  

Emily Talen, PhD, FAICP, is now offering an introductory course on urban design. Based on her book Urban Design Reclaimed: Tools,Techniques and Strategies for Planners, this course focuses on basic map creation through open source GIS, 2D graphic designs and 3D Sketchup models. For more information on the Urban Design E-Course for Planners, please click here.      






Featured Member





Urban Design Associates (UDA), a CNU Benefactor Member, is a multi-disciplined urban design and architecture practice headquartered in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. UDA develops Master Plans, Pattern Books, and Architecture for clients in North America, Central America, Europe, and Asia. 

Featured Listing


Union Station Redevelopment Corporation (USRC), a non-profit corporation with oversight responsibilities for Washington, DC Union Station, is seeking Master Planning services for development of the Union Station Precinct. USRC will publish its Request for Qualifications (RFQ) on April 30, 2012 available only at 




CNU 20: The New World

5/9/12-5/12/12 | West Palm Beach, FL  


UPA Annual Luncheon

5/9/12 | Akron, Ohio


Reinventing Older Communities Conference  

5/9/12 | Philadelphia, PA


Balanced Retail for Successful Urbanism 

5/17/12 | Online Webinar


FBC 201: Preparing a Form-Based Code: Design Considerations

5/21/12-5/22/12 | Austin, TX


Transport Chicago Conference     

6/1/12 | Chicago, IL 


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