CNU Monthly Review

December 2012 

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CNU 21: Living Community Registration Now Open


Registration for CNU 21: Living Community is now open. 


Living Community balances the demands of physical, social, economic, and environmental values by connecting people to place and awakening in us a stewardship for our land and each other. Stewardship is tangible. It is measured by how well we care for the people around us, the places we make and the land that hosts us. This year's Congress will delve into these issues, contemplate the role of cities within nature and place within cities.


Join Plenary Speakers Richard Louv, Sarah Susanka, Chuck Marohn, Andres Duany, and many, many more at CNU 21. 


Register today and take advantage of early registration rates!

What to Expect at CNU 21

As 2012 winds down, we're gearing up for CNU 21! 
And we're rolling out more videos from
 Click below and catch a glimpse of what's to come at CNU 21.
CNU 20: The New World - Mike Lydon
CNU 20: The New World - Mike Lydon
CNU 20: The New World - Kristen Jeffers
CNU 20: The New World - Kristen Jeffers

Deadline Approaches for Groves Award Nominations


Nominations for the 2013 Groves Award for outstanding leadership and vision in the promotion of Transect-based planning closes on January 15, 2013. The award is open to any public official - elected or staff - nominated by any public or private sector planning professional, agency, firm or non-profit.



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Listen: CNU 21 Plenary Speaker Chuck Marohn Chats with CNU


In this month's Fireside Chat, community advocate Chuck Marohn sat down with CNU's John Norquist to give listeners a preview of what to expect from his plenary session at CNU 21. Marohn is executive director of Strong Towns and author of Thoughts on Building Strong Towns (Volume 1). In this Fireside Chat, Marohn discusses how communities were designed prior to "the great suburban experiment" and what is needed at all levels of government in order to craft economically resilient places.


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SNU Video Series Now Available


Students for the New Urbanism can now tap into the expertise of CNU partners and member organizations through our new SNU Video Series. This collection of videos features high-profile CNU members examining the defining issues of urbanism. Watch CNU Board Vice Chair Doug Farr (Farr Associates) emphasizing the role of sustainability in New Urbanist practices, Eric Dumbaugh (Florida Atlantic University) breaking down the historic function of streets and street planning, and Karja Hansen (Poliphili) explaining what turned her into a New Urbanist.

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2013 CNU Charter Awards Submissions Open

Brand New Website, Simple Digital Submission Process


Since its establishment in 2001, the CNU Charter Awards has come to influence the ways in which cities, towns, and regions approach development and design. The only interdisciplinary award that honors the full context of contemporary projects integrated within their communities, the CNU Charter Awards have become regarded as one of the preeminent global awards for excellence in urban design. 


One grand professional prize will be honored with $5000, and one grand academic prize will be awarded $3000 - both courtesy of theTarget Corporation - as well as a select number of winners and honorable mentions, will be awarded to distinguished projects from across the globe.


Submitting a project is easier than ever via CNU's digital-only submission process. Simply refer to the submission guidelines as you prep your project, create a login to the site and submit your entry. 


The submission period closes on January 30th, 2013.


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Farr Associates Named AIA Chicago Firm of the Year


Farr Associates has received the American Institute of Architect (AIA) Chicago Chapter Firm of the Year Award, the organization's highest honor. Farr Associates continues to innovate while remaining committed to the integration of sustainability, urban planning, and architecture. The firm's seven LEED Platinum projects and two additional net-zero projects far exceed industry norms and make Farr Associate an exemplary organization in today's planning and design field.



Donate Now to CNU's 2012 Year-End Drive


In 2012, CNU reflected on twenty years of providing the tools to create healthy, valuable, and safe communities. With the Charter as our guide, CNU and its members continue to be trailblazers in advocating for the benefits of urbanism.


Our 2012 accomplishments are a testament to our power.

Together, in 2012, we:

CNU members have played a tremendous part in these achievements. We're effecting real change for the betterment of the built environment, but there is still work to do. 


Look forward with us to the next twenty years and contribute to New Urbanism's legacy by participating in our year-end drive.


Donate $75 or more before the end of the year, and you will receive a one-year subscription to Telestrian, the easiest, most intuitive data-mining platform "to find, look at, analyze, and view data about cities, counties, states and regions."
Together, CNU will continue to shape our communities into dynamic places.


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Featured Member


Capital Markets Partnership is a nonprofit, nonpartisan coalition of investors, investment banks, insurers, city, state, and federal government, countries, and NGOs who have joined to shift market share toward sustainable designs and investment. 


Their global mission is to accelerate sustainable investment, thereby stimulating the economy and enhancing public health and general welfare. Their partners include some of the world's largest banks and investment firms, as well as the World Green Building Council, US Green Building Council, and numerous major cities across the US.


Click here for their Cheaper Cost of Capital Pilot Program and more. 

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