Rwandan Project Takes Grand Prize in 2013 CNU Charter Awards

A student project to radically rethink housing projects on New York’s Lower East Side and a holistic approach to a Rwandan village took top honors at the 2013 CNU Charter Awards, announced May 29th, 2013 at CNU 21 in Salt Lake City. The Charter Awards are the global award for excellence in urban design. Winners were selected by a top-notch team of new urbanists and invited experts including Shelley Poticha, Director of the Office of Sustainable Housing and Communities at HUD; V.

Thursday Morning Plenary with Andres Duany

Andres is really out in the rain, catching lightening for all of us. - Dhiru Thadani

Andres Duany took to the Plenary podium Thursday morning to set the record straight on the origins of the New Urbanism movement and its original founders, explained the opportunities for the New Urbanism in the failure of other organizations and started to define the "third decade" of the movement. Some highlights:

The Message

Andres Duany Applauds The Mormon Grid

Joseph Smith, founder of the Mormon Church, is not a name that planners and urbanists usually think of in the same category as Daniel Burnham or Pierre L'Enfant. But Smith made a significant and historic contribution to American urban planning with the plat of Zion, a grid system with perfect north-south and east-west streets divided into standard distances (read more). Based on Biblical principles, the plat of Zion imposed structure and order on rugged Western landscapes.

CNU 21 Preview: Transportation and Regional Planning Podcast

Thinking Regionally, Building Locally
Listen to CNU President John Norquist, Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning's (CMAP) Bob Dean and Envision Utah's Christie Oostema discuss how local transportation and urban design are tied to regional plans around the nation.

SLC's Bike Share: A Labor of Love

On April 8, 2013, the GREENbike bike share program officially launched in downtown Salt Lake City. And while numerous municipalities are working to fit bicycle infrastructure (including bike share programs) into their transportation initiatives, Salt Lake City has elevated the medium. Let's take a look inside this brand new system.

Salt Lake City Shares A Vision

What NOT to Expect in Salt Lake City

Newcomers to Salt Lake City can’t help but come with a few preconceptions. Tim Sullivan and Michael Yount bring us this list of the Top 5 things urbanists might expect to find – but won’t – in SLC:

  1. Homogeneity: Salt Lake Valley’s residents are indeed predominately white and members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, but not to the degree of the days when the Mormon temple was planned as the city’s center.

Salt Lake City Interrotta: An Ideas Competition

An Urban Design Competition from The Great American Grid. Sponsored by Historical Concepts.

You have just been selected to participate in an ideas competition which is open exclusively to those who finish reading this sentence. Congratulations and thank you for your forthcoming entry.

None Dare Call It City Creek

This article, written by Glen Warchol, was originally published fby Salt Lake Magazine, April 10, 2013. Read the original article at

If you care about small, sustainable neighborhoods and hate sterile, large-scale developments, you can be part of the solution taking form in Salt Lake's Granary District.

Mobile Workshop/Tour to Directly Enhance SLC Pedestrian Experience

Salt Lake City’s large 10-acre blocks are bisected by mid-block walkways, alleys and small vehicular streets that improve the city’s pedestrian experience and cyclist mobility. When we incorporate mid-block walkways into the grid, we increase our intersection density from 68 to 257 intersections per square mile.