CNU Monthly Review

November 2012 

Featured Stories

2013 CNU Charter Awards Call for Entries Now Open

New Website, Digital-Only Entry Process; Target as Prize Sponsor


Since its inception in 2001, the CNU Charter Awards has come to influence the ways in which cities, towns and regions approach development and design, and is the only interdisciplinary award that honors the full context of contemporary projects integrated within their communities. 


Now's your chance to leave your mark on the world and enter the 2013 CNU Charter Awards Call for Entries. 


This year, CNU has updated its entry process to allow for an easier, more intuitive experience. All entries will be accepted digitally via the brand new CNU Charter Awards website. Simply refer to the submission guidelines as you prep your project, create a login to the site and submit your entry. 


Chairing this year's jury will be CNU Board Vice Chair Doug Farr, founding principal of Farr Associates and author of Sustainable Urbanism.  And displaying their dedication to design, the Target Corporation will be providing prize money of $5,000 for one Grand Prize Winner and $3,000 for one Academic Prize Winner.


Check the CNU Charter Awards website and ready your project today.

 What to Expect at CNU 21

As we ready for the opening of CNU 21 early registration, we continue rolling out videos from
 Click below and get a taste of what's to come at CNU 21.
CNU 20: The New World - Faith Cable Kumon
CNU 20: The New World - Faith Cable Kumon
CNU 20: The New World - Steve Mouzon
CNU 20: The New World - Steve Mouzon
Early registration for CNU 21: Living Community opens Monday, December 3rd! 
Stay tuned for more.

CNU 21 Partners with UTA; TRAX Extension from Airport


CNU has partnered with the Utah Transit Authority to bring CNU attendees discounted transit passes during CNU 21: Living Community. 4-day passes can be purchased for only $14 - a 39% discount - during early registration. More details can be found here.


The UTA is also beginning testing an extension to its Trax light rail system that extends to the Salt Lake City International Airport. Slated to open April 14th, 2013, the line should be available for CNU attendees to use.




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The 411 on 202s


202s are advanced learning courses held during CNU's annual Congresses. These sessions include high-level instruction that goes beyond that of a typical breakout session. 202 courses last longer - three hours or more - and provide more in-depth analysis and hands-on tools than breakout sessions.


There will be ten 202 courses at CNU 21, with topics ranging from Tactical Urbanism to Accelerating Retrofit to Incremental TOD Strategies. 



CNU Featured in New York Times on Recent FHA Rule Change


CNU was featured in the recent New York Times article,  "Regulatory Breaks for Mixed-Use Projects." Reporter Joe Gose highlights CNU's advocacy role in the recent FHA rule change -  which raises the commercial space cap in condominium buildings to 35% from a previous 25% - noting, "CNU led the push for the changes."



Hwys-to-Blvds Heads to St. Louis


CNU's Highways-to-Boulevards initiative has planted its flag in St. Louis, with a focus on I-70 and the South County Connector. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch recently profiled CNU CEO & President John Norquist in preparation for his speech on highway conversions at Washington University.




CNU Excerpts Jeff Speck's Latest Book, Walkable City


Jeff Speck, coauthor of the landmark bestseller Suburban Nation, is a city planner who advocates for smart growth and sustainable design. 


CNU is proud to excerpt his newest book, Walkable City: How Downtown Can Save America, One Step at a Time. Bursting with sharp observations and real-world examples, giving key insight into what urban planners actually do and how places can change, Walkable City lays out a practical, necessary, and eminently achievable vision of how to make our normal American cities great again.






U.S. Virgin Islands Governor Issues 'Historic' Executive Order


Governor John P. de Jongh, Jr. of the U.S. Virgin Islands has signed an executive order advancing a plan to revitalize downtown Charlotte Amalie and ensure the town's economic vitality. Urban design firm and CNU partners Dover-Kohl & Partners were instrumental in crafting the historic plan. The plan puts forth guidelines based on form-based codes that use the physical form of buildings as the organizing principle.





Moule & Polyzoides Receive Smart Growth EPA Award


Congratulations are in order to Moule & Polyzoides for receiving the top prize, Overall Excellence, for the Environmental Protection Agency's Smart Growth Awards for 2012! The award recognizes their work behind the BLVD Transformation Project in Lancaster, California. 



Fall 2012 Issue Sustainable Communities Magazine Available Now


As a perk to all CNU members, the Fall 2012 issue of 
Sustainable Communities Magazine is now available.

Submit Your Video to the 

CNU Highways-to-Boulevards Video Contest 


CNU has launched a contest for engaging, short videos (three-minute max) on urban highways from around the world. CNU asks aspiring filmmakers, urban enthusiasts, and citizen activists to describe the impact urban highways have in their communities. CNU wants to hear local voices on what alternatives they envision for the space instead of a highway.


CNU will post video submissions on its website and share the videos with Highway-to-Boulevard campaigns throughout the country. Plus, CNU will award the three most compelling videos with cash prizes!


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Featured Member

 LeylandAlliance has earned a national reputation in the development of mixed-  use neighborhoods based upon the principles of New Urbanism. Their  experience with both residential and commercial development, including  significant historic preservation projects, has provided ideal training for the task  at hand - the creation of new traditional neighborhoods within some of America's  most desirable communities. 


 See their website for more. 

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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.