The Mission of the Congress for the New Urbanism California Chapter is to advance the making of great places that are walkable, sustainable, and enjoyable.

CNU California is a non-profit 501(c) 3 volunteer professional organization.

Our goals are:

  1. To help maintain sustainable cities that minimize the loss of agricultural and natural areas, by offering formal and informal educational opportunities for California residents, civic leaders, and businesses.
  2. To educate California residents on how to grow responsibly and to maintain sustainable cities that minimize the loss of agricultural and natural areas.
  3. To encourage the adoption of principles and practices of the New Urbanism throughout California.
  4. To support the restoration of existing urban centers and towns, the reconfiguration of sprawling suburbs into communities of real neighborhoods and diverse districts, the conservation of natural areas, and the preservation of our built legacy.
  5. To create opportunities for citizens, and practitioners in private and public service.
  6. To learn, exchange and apply knowledge of the principles and practices of the New Urbanism.
  7. To provide a northern California presence, focus and perspective for the Congress for the New Urbanism.

What is New Urbanism!?

The principles of the New Urbanism are defined by a Charter, which was developed between 1993 and 1996 by a broad range of architects, planners, interested citizens, scholars, elected officials, and developers. It was ratified at the fourth annual Congress, the annual meeting sponsored by CNU.

The Congress for the New Urbanism

The Congress for the New Urbanism (CNU) is the leading organization promoting walkable, neighborhood-based development as an alternative to sprawl. CNU takes a proactive, multi-disciplinary approach to restoring our communities. Members are the life of the organization – they 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. Whether it’s bringing restorative plans to hurricane-battered communities in the Gulf Coast, turning dying malls into vibrant mixed-use neighborhoods, or reconnecting isolated public housing projects to the surrounding fabric, new urbanists are providing leadership in community building. Our relationship with our members allows us to do more than just talk about the problems of the built environment. Together, we are creating tools that make it easier to put New Urbanism into practice around the world.

The Congress for the New Urbanism is the leading organization promoting walkable, neighborhood-based development as an antidote to formless sprawl. CNU is the institution that provides its members with the tools to deliver on the desire for traditional, healthy, prosperous, culturally vibrant, and better-performing regions, cities, towns and neighborhoods.

 

Our relationship with our members allows us to do more than just talk about the problems of the built environment. Together, through our Initiatives and the annual Congress gathering, we are creating tools that make it easier to put New Urbanism into practice around the world.

For more information, and to join the movement, visit www.cnu.org/membership.

CNU offers six Membership Levels for individuals to engage at their most comfortable level of commitment.

  1. Become an ADVOCATE and enjoy an alliance with like-minded CNU Members, membership in your local CNU Chapter, and CNU’s newsletter, the CNU Monthly Review.
  2. Join our core by becoming an URBANIST and gain all of the above plus full access to CNU’s immense resources, from Congress Webcasts, our Projects & Presentation Library, Continuing Education discounts, Congress registration discounts, member directory, publication discounts, digital subscription to New Urban News, and more.
  3. Engage at a higher-level as a City-Builder and obtain all the benefits of a core Urbanist plus a chance to showcase your work on CNU.org, and participate in “fireside chats” with top thinkers and CNU leaders throughout the year.
  4. Align yourself or your organization with CNU at the elite Leader, Champion or Benefactor levels, and make your mark on the movement.

CNU California – Board of Directors

Howard M. Blackson III

Matt Shannon

Principal/Founder, Urbanus Group, LLC

Peter Quintanilla

Senior Urban Designer,

Christos Hardt

Architectural Designer, Miller Architectural Corp

Mario Suarez

Senior Planner, City of Colton

Steve Coyle

Director of Community Development, City of Woodland

Dan Zack

Urban Planner, City of Fresno

Doris Goldstein

Planning Consultant, Mixed-use Walkable Development