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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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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


California policies reflect the noble work of New Urbanism. Author, New Urbanist and Futurist Howard Blackson connects recent regulatory changes with positive social and economic outcomes.

MSU Extension and NCI to host webinar series on effective online meetings in July and August

Michigan State University Extension and MSU National Charrette Institute are partnering to deliver a series of webinars to help ANYONE leading meetings to make the most of hosting meetings online.  Meetings online may seem efficient, but are your …

East Beamer Way Shelter represents a ‘paradigm shift’ for homeless

By WOODLAND DAILY DEMOCRAT | July 1, 2020 at 4:00 a.m. By Stephen Coyle The East Beamer Way Emergency Shelter will be part of the East Beamer Way campus and represents a “paradigm …

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 …