4:52 pm - Mon, Jan 7, 2013

CNU 21: Living Community Registration Now Open

Registration for CNU 21: Living Community is now OPEN. Take advantage of our Early Bird rates by signing up before April 24th, 2013.

CNU 21 Living Community will be held in gorgeous downtown Salt Lake City , May 29 - June 1, 2013. 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. This year’s Congress will delve into these issues, contemplate the role of cities within nature and place within cities.

Join Plenary Speakers Richard Louv, Sarah Susanka, Chuck Marohn, Andres Duany, and many, many more at CNU 21. Register today!image


3:17 pm - Mon, Oct 1, 2012

Wanted: Artwork for CNU Charter Book

Want to get published in the new CNU Charter Book (McGraw-Hill, 2013)? 

Give us your best shot! (or drawing, illustration, rendering, etc). 
Please include a short caption: what principle does your photo/illustration show?
Email to: Emily Talen, CNU Charter Book editor, etalen@gmail.com
Deadline: November 1, 2012
Resolution: at least 300 dpi at target size
Black and white only (you can submit color, but they will be converted to B&W). Please only submit your own material or material for which you have (or can easily obtain) the copyright.
Thank you!


10:26 am - Tue, Aug 28, 2012
While the big-box retail model is far from dead, stores such as Walmart, Best Buy, and Cabela’s are realizing that the enormous, one-size-fits-all approach doesn’t work for all shoppers—nor all locations.


11:10 am - Fri, Aug 10, 2012

"Put things closer together, the services cost less. Put things farther from each other, the services cost more for the jurisdiction and its taxpayers. But in the case of many American towns and cities, we haven’t always planned and built in this fiscally conservative way – and that’s one of the biggest reasons why cities are struggling today.""

"The cost of America’s inefficient sprawl" - CNN


12:13 pm - Wed, Aug 8, 2012

"It’s another example of how the isolated, splendidly landscaped corporate base in the suburbs has fallen out of favor. Motorola Mobility joins many other companies moving some or all of their work forces from outlying areas to what used to be called, with negative implications, the ‘inner city.’"

- “Nobody home at suburban office parks” - Chicago Sun-Times


10:32 am - Thu, Jul 26, 2012
Most large American cities are growing faster than their suburbs for the first time in almost a century, according to a Brookings Institution analysis of census results released last month, largely because young adults are choosing urban apartment life. That population shift, along with Internet competition, have made the car-focused, big-box model less relevant.


2:17 pm - Mon, Jul 16, 2012
You’ve got to get a mix of uses, but the connectivity is probably even more important," Dunham-Jones says. "The uses will come and go over time, but if you can establish a walkable network of streets, that’s when you’re really going to establish a ripple effect in changing suburban patterns.


9:38 am - Thu, Jul 5, 2012

Cupertino & Apple 2030 // 3D Urban Architecture Showreel (by A l)


9:37 am

"The project prepared by Shay Levanon and Amir Levanon for the corporate office of Apple in Cupertino is a very impressive piece of work. The approach is at such a comprehensive level, that it is hard to believe that Mr. Shay and Mr. Amir are students in the bachelor program of architecture. Congratulations to both of them, as well as their teacher, Professor Hillel Schocken. Even without comparing this project to the very suburban and over- scaled proposal for Cupertino by Foster + Partners, one can easily observe the excellent qualities of this project. It is a rational and common-sense response to a real challenge - how to incorporate an office campus of a world famous company within the context of a sprawling suburb. As I have argued before, the Foster plan missed an opportunity to correct past mistakes in the way the region grew, and to infuse sprawling Cupertino with a piece of real urbanism. Shay and Amir’s project is doing exactly this: it creates simple and predictable urban fabric, but which is a decent, walkable human environment, instead of a spaceship isolated and disconnected from its surrounding. I was very impressed by the special care and attention given to every step of the analysis, research and design process. Closely following the principles of the New Urbanism for creating walkable, connected and complete communities, the step-by-step methodology of the Sprawl Repair Manual, and the regulatory framework of the SmartCode, Shay and Amir showed deep understanding of the philosophy and technique of good place-making. In addition, they came up with many creative ideas of how Apple can become a real positive force in the community of Cupertino, not only through excellent urbanism but also through innovative funding, branding and implementation." - Galina Tahchieva


10:30 am - Mon, Jun 25, 2012
Safe, walkable neighborhoods are not just an amenity, they’re a matter of life or death. They create environments where we can live active, engaged lives. And more walking brings more social interaction, more time outdoors, more recreation, more smiles and more “life” in every sense.


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