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.
Save the Date! June |12-15, 2019 Louisville, Kentucky
The Congress for the New Urbanism (CNU) is the nation’s oldest international nonprofit working to build great places and walkable, vibrant neighborhoods. CNU will host its 27th annual Congress in Louisville, Kentucky June 12-15, 2019.
The annual Congress for the New Urbanism is the premiere national placemaking event, convening 1500+ diverse, interdisciplinary urbanists and placemakers to exchange ideas, explore urban places, work alongside residents, and learn in the field. Attendees come from all fifty states and dozens of countries, and the Congress reaches hundreds of thousands more through our member base and digital reach. Congress programming is varied
and accessible to urbanists and members of the public at any level of knowledge and understanding of New Urbanism.
The Congress is a transformative experience for its attendees and host region. With a special focus on Louisville in 2019, Congress participants will debate and discuss emerging trends in city and town building, as well as technical solutions to the new and persistent challenges to building places people love. Themes of special interest include the relationship between urban and suburban places, best practices for greenways and open space, and the relationship of urbanism to the compassionate city. Our sessions and workshops empower participants to practice cutting-edge placemaking strategies, while the relationships built at the Congress can strengthen participants’ work and grow into major initiatives.