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.

 

To engage local residents and community members, CNU incorporates collaborative, in-the-field learning and free public programming into each Congress, with events tailored to local issues and interests. Additionally, CNU organizes activities throughout the host city that are open to the public, such as New Urbanism-inspired art exhibits, film festivals, pub crawls, and debates.

We hope you’ll make special note of the day registration opens:

June 12-15, 2019.  Join us in Louisville!

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

Studio Director, AVRP Skyport

Matt Shannon

Principal/Founder, Urbanus Group, LLC

Peter Quintanilla

Urban Design Studio Leader, Michael Baker International

Christos Hardt

Architectural Designer, Miller Architectural Corp

Mario Suarez, AICP CNUa

Development Services Director, City of Pomona

Steve Coyle

Deputy Director of Community Development, City of Woodland

Scott Watkins

Associate Planner, Trinity County

Dan Zack

Assistant Director, City of Fresno

Doris Goldstein

Principle, Mixed-use Walkable Development

Paul Bettenhausen

Urban Designer, BGB Design Group