Plenaries

* Indicates ticketed session.

Wednesday | May 29, 2013

Thursday | May 30, 2013

Friday | May 31, 2013

Saturday | June 1, 2013


Opening Plenary: Nature & Urbanism

Wednesday, May 29, 2013 | 5:30 PM - 6:30 PM
13 AICP Credits.
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CNU opens its 21st annual Congress in Salt Lake City, Utah with a focus on "Living Community."

The Honorable Mayor of Salt Lake City Ralph Becker will welcome attendees to his city with a few brief remarks.

Richard Louv will speak to the connections between family, nature and community. Best known for his book, Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children From Nature-Deficit Disorder, which has become the defining phrase of this important issue.

In the past, Louv has spoken on the relationship of children to the natural world. At CNU 21, he will speak about the relationship between children and the urban world. He will be presenting his latest research on childhood obesity, engaging urbanists in a dialogue already underway between educators, health professionals, parents, developers, and conservationists.

Prior to the plenary lecture, Rick Hall will present the Groves Award. This recognition is named after Ken Groves, the visionary planner who began the transformation of Montgomery, AL. The Groves Award is awarded annually to honor the designer or local leader whose achievements best fulfill the vision and promise Groves left behind.

Ellen Dunham-Jones, Professor of Architecture and Urban Design, Georgia Institute of Technology

Richard Louv, Author


Meet the Candidates: CNU Board Elections

Thursday, May 30, 2013 | 8:30 AM - 9:00 AM
.5 AICP Credits.
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Let your voice be heard and have a say in who leads CNU. Join CNU Board Chair Ellen Dunham-Jones and CNU President John Norquist for a brief introduction to the new Board election process, meet the 2013 candidates and cast your vote for CNU's second member election to the Board.


Thursday Morning Plenary

Thursday, May 30, 2013 | 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
AIA credits approved: 3
AICP CM Credits: 3

Andres Duany, founding principal at Duany Plater-Zyberk & Company will discuss the prospects for the New Urbanism in the 21st century. Under the theme of Lean Urbanism, he outlines several promising techniques suitable for adaptation to climate change and economic constraints, including Tactical Urbanism, Code-Free Zones, Original Green, and Light Imprint. Andres suggests that planners in the 21st century have a lot to learn from the Mormons, a group that has inaugurated and sustained over five hundred successful cities, towns, and agricultural villages in just the fifty years from 1855 to 1905.

Marcy McInelly will introduce the Open Source Congress. Open Source Technology is a DIY forum that arises annually during the Congress for the New Urbanism. Participants can use this time and space to talk about new ideas, find help on a thorny problem, or work on a CNU initiative.

Andrés Duany, Principal, Duany Plater-Zyberk & Company

Marcy McInelly, AIA, President, Urbsworks, Inc

Dhiru Thadani, AIA, Principal, Architect + Urbanist


Not So Big Meets the New Urbanism

Friday, May 31, 2013 | 9:00 AM - 10:15 AM
AIA credits approved: 1.25
AICP CM Credits: 1.25

Acclaimed architect and renowned speaker Sarah Susanka will share her "Not So Big" philosophy of residential architecture for the Friday plenary.

Susanka's "Not So Big" message has become a launching pad for a new dimension of understanding how we inhabit our homes, our planet and our day-to-day lives. As a cultural visionary with an incredible ability to understand the underlying structure of the American Lifestyle, Susanka will present the language and tools which are redefining how we live.

Susanka will also discuss her latest work in Libertyville, Illinois, where she applied her "Not So Big" principles to a New Urbanist infill development. Her experience reveals a new perspective on what home buyers are searching for in a new market reality.

Prior to the plenary lecture, Bruce Tolar will present the MIchael Barranco Award..

Marcy McInelly, AIA, President, Urbsworks, Inc

John McLinden, Owner, StreetScape Development LLC

Steve A. Mouzon, AIA, LEED, Principal, The New Urban Guild

Sarah Susanka, FAIA, Architect and Author of "The Not So Big House" series and "The Not So Big Life", Susanka Studios, Inc.


Saturday Morning Plenary: CNU 22 Preview and Urbanism & the New West

Saturday, June 1, 2013 | 9:00 AM - 10:15 AM
AIA credits approved: 1.25
AICP CM Credits: 1.25

CNU 22 Preview:CNU 22 Leaders will give a preview of the 22nd annual Congress in the dynamically changing city of Buffalo, New York, June 4-7,2014.

Urbanism & the New West

As Americans increasingly embrace urbanism, metro regions in the West have offered practical solutions in the move away from conventional suburban development. Leaders and policy makers from Greater Phoenix, Los Angeles and Salt Lake’s Wasatch Front will discuss the challenges and successes of creating walkable, human-scaled spaces within the entrenched car-oriented culture of the United States.

Michael LoGrande, Planning Director, City of Los Angeles

Scott Polikov, President, Vialta Group, A Gateway Planning Company

Shannon L. Scutari, Director, Sustainable Communities Collaborative

Soren Simonsen, AIA, AICP, LEED AP, Principal and Executive Officer, Community Studio


Closing Plenary: Adding Value to Cities

Saturday, June 1, 2013 | 5:30 PM - 6:30 PM
AIA credits approved: 1
AICP CM Credits: 1

For the last half-century, cities and towns have spent money undermining themselves. Oversized roads, taxpayer subsidized development and wasteful utility extensions have pushed many towns toward bankruptcy. A clear voice speaking out against folly and for opportunity is Chuck Marohn, a civil engineer who, for those wise enough to listen to him, is saving municipalities millions of dollars and helping them rebuild their tax bases.

Marohn will be joined by Mark Gorton, successful New York City investor and entrepreneur, who is taking his entrepreneurial acumen and applying it to cities—transportation in particular. Gorton believes in the importance of designing our world around the needs of people rather than the automobile.

CNU's CEO and author of The Wealth of Cities John Norquist will moderate. Ellen Dunham-Jones, chair of the CNU Board of Directors will announce the winners of the Board Elections and wrap up the Congress.

Ellen Dunham-Jones, Professor of Architecture and Urban Design, Georgia Institute of Technology

Mark Gorton, Managing Director, Tower Research Capital, LLC

Charles Marohn, Jr., P.E., AICP, Executive Director, Strong Towns

John O. Norquist, President and CEO, Congress for the New Urbanism