Tracks

Living Community balances the demands of physical, social, economic, and environmental values by connecting people to place and awakening in us a stewardship for our land and each other. Stewardship is tangible. It is measured by how well we care for the people around us, the places we make, and the land that hosts us. It is Living Community. See the tracks that will make up CNU 21:Living Community below.

[Living] City-Livability: Salt Lake City was founded on the concept of being as self-supportive as possible, without having to travel too far for daily necessities. Since then, the City has evolved in every aspect, but the origins of the original layout are still evident and continue to influence development patterns. This track will provide insights into what makes a livable city, how they evolve, and how historical patterns influence decisions being made today.

[Living] Systems-Transportation and Infrastructure: Transportation acts as the circulatory system of our cities and regions providing connectivity, mobility, and accessibility for all our urban environments and activities. Living cities require a balanced transportation system that serves all users by providing accommodation and choice.
The multi-dimensional focus of this track at CNU 21 will allow for thinking outside the box and avoid traditional stereotyping of modes, while addressing current problems and barriers to creating truly successful multi-modal systems.

[Living] Form-Design: is a CNU 21 track that will discuss tools, tips, and strategies for working with pro-formas, government entities, and the public to get real places built and functioning at their greatest potential.

[Living] Places-Implementation & Finance: A complex financial landscape has made it difficult to navigate the path to successful projects and communities. How can we retain the critical elements that contribute to the creation of place, while accommodating cost-cutting and return-boosting measures that many are forced to make? As the number of completed projects around the country increases, there are more examples to turn to and learn from in avoiding pitfalls and making future projects financial successes. We have an ever-increasing library of examples where we can learn the dos and don’ts of getting a project from “Plan” to “Place.” Tools, tips, and strategies for working with pro-formas, government entities, and the public to get real places built and functioning at their greatest potential.

[Living] Together-Region: As our global economy continues to evolve in the 21st Century, so does our understanding of the role of regions in driving the economy. City boundaries tend to be arbitrary in the minds of residents. Various metropolitan areas are exploring different models to account for this growing gap between political boundaries and economic realities. Too often cities are competing for resources and commercial development, rather than coordinating to benefit the region as a whole. How can we work together as planners, developers, businesses, non-profits and local governments to build great places at the site level, neighborhood scale and regionally? Can we measure the impact of our regional efforts, evaluate our performance and make improvements as needed?

[Living] Environment-Sustainability:Salt Lake City and communities throughout Utah have always had a close relationship with the environment both physically and politically. Geographically constrained by mountain ranges on either side, the Salt Lake Valley faces increasing challenges related to growth and brings up many environmental management questions, as well as how to sustain economic capacity. Questions explored in the sessions in this track include, "How does the close proximity to outdoor recreation opportunities affect the political choices to protect those areas?"; "What is the impact of higher levels of urban agriculture through community gardens, home gardening, and commercial urban agriculture?"; "How can the principles of New Urbanism help to manage natural and regulatory boundaries?"