Congress for New Urbanism


CNU Report Outlines Incremental Steps for More Walkable Suburbs

Transforming suburban sprawl is a massive undertaking, but these small steps can help communities understand their needs and assets and develop clear, actionable goals for the future.

January 21, 2021 - CNU

Old Skool

Seniors and Urbanists Unite!

The AARP (American Association of Retired Persons) and CNU (Congress for New Urbanism) have produced a new set of urban planning guides. Their latest is, "A Handbook for Improved Neighborhoods."

January 14, 2021 - AARP

Downtown Buffalo

A 21st Century Planning Case Study: Buffalo, New York

Frederick Law Olmsted called Buffalo the best planned city in the United States, but in the second half of the 20th century it transitioned into a prototypical "Rust Belt" city.

June 2, 2020 - Vice

Presidential Blvd Road Diet

A New Form-Based Zoning Code and the 'Conflicted Soul' of the Suburbs

The new form-based zoning code under consideration in the affluent Philadelphia suburb of Lower Merion "has something to teach Philadelphia and other big cities about how to organize density smartly," according to Inga Saffron.

September 9, 2019 - The Philadelphia Inquirer

Seattle APA National Conference

2019 Conferences in Planning and Design

An annual sampling of professional development conferences in the coming year for planning and design professionals, by L.A. County Planner Clement Lau.

October 8, 2018 - UrbDeZine

Birmingham, Michigan

'The Users' Guide to Zoning Reform' Published by the Congress for New Urbanism

The Congress for New Urbanism's Users' "Guide to Code Reform" leads planners through the code reform process, providing tools for governments lacking the capacity to develop a full form-based code.

October 2, 2018 - Public Square: A CNU Journal

Smart Growth—How it Came to Be and Where It's Going

An excellent primer (refresher for many) on Smart Growth and the history of planning generally, by former San Francisco Planning and Urban Research Assoc. Exec. Director Jim Chappell

May 28, 2018 - UrbDeZine


Will There Be Another 'Urban Reset' and What Will it Look Like?

Some might have thought that a great "urban reset" was sure to follow the foreclosure crisis and Great Recession in 2008. Some think an "urban reset" is still sure to come.

February 27, 2018 - Public Square: A CNU Journal

Baldwin Park

A New Urbanist Community, 15 Years Later

A look at how Baldwin Park has matured after 15 years of development.

December 2, 2016 - Modern Cities

Suburban multi-family

Debating the Feasibility of Retrofitting Suburbia

Is the challenge of retrofitting sprawl intractable or unavoidable?

August 5, 2015 - Better Cities & Towns

High Line park NYC - Manhattan - New York City

How Park Design Helps Keep Communities Healthy

A review of the healthiest cities in the United States establishes that urban parks play a vital role in the activity of a city. What conclusions can be drawn from each city?

July 20, 2014 - UrbDeZine

Octavia Boulevard

San Francisco: Model for Freeway Removal

Architecture critic John King tagged along with the Congress for New Urbanism. The latter was recently in San Francisco to examine the benefits of freeway removal. The city's prime case study: Octavia Boulevard.

May 14, 2014 - SFGate

What's Wrong With America's Streets - And How To Fix Them

Ben Goldman reports on a new illustrative guide, Sustainable Street Network Principles, published by the Congress for New Urbanism, that seeks to educate planners and officials on how to create successful streets and neighborhoods.

January 27, 2012 - Streetsblog D.C.

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Urban Design for Planners 1: Software Tools

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Planning for Universal Design

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