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In the worldwide campaign for mitigation, urbanism was recognized too late to provide as much benefit as it might have. But in the campaign for Adaptation, CNU is working to ensure that urbanism is at the center of planning.

The Congress for the New Urbanism (CNU) is the leading organization promoting walkable, mixed-use neighborhood development, sustainable communities, and healthier living conditions.

The mission of the Congress for the New Urbanism California Chapter is to provide leadership and advance best practices for making great walkable places in California.

renowned architect, urbanist and neo-traditional theorist from the small European country of Luxembourg, which is bordered by Belgium, France and Germany. A prominent critic of architectural Modernism and advocate of New Traditional Architecture and New Urbanism, CNU-California Board chair Howard Blackson shares his video conversation with the Seaside fellow.

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Tactical Urbanism


CNU takes a proactive, multi-disciplinary approach to restoring our communities. Members are the life of the organization – we are the planners, developers, architects, engineers, public officials, investors and community activists who create and influence our built environment, transforming growth patterns from the inside – out, and make it easier for people to live healthy lives. Whether it’s bringing restorative plans to hurricane-battered communities in the Gulf Coast, turning dying malls into active mixed-use neighborhoods, or reconnecting isolated public housing projects to the surrounding fabric, new urbanists are providing leadership in community building.

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Featured Articles on New Urbanism in California

Howard Blackson – What’s Next (Podcast)

EPISODE SUMMARY Howard Blackson on what’s next for new urbanism, lessons from San Diego, and why people will be nicer to each other (among many other ideas). Listen to the …

UPCOMING WEBINAR: Designing for Resilience Across Scales, Systems and Sectors

Wednesday, August 14, 2019 at 1:00 p.m. EDTFrom climate change to rapid urbanization, social inequity to failing infrastructure, there are a wide variety of risks that can compromise a city’s …


links for the webinar and video can be found below CODING FOR COMMUNITIES WEBINAR FROM JULY 17: VIDEO POSTEDCoding for Communities: A Pragmatic Guide to Zoning Reform Video Now Available …

CityBuilding Exchange in New Orleans, Thursday-Friday, October 10-11, 2019

The CityBuilding Exchange takes place every fall in New Orleans where a maximum of 85 community leaders enjoy the opportunity to learn how to address their community’s most pressing issues from the nation’s leading practitioners.