In its 15th year, the Congress for New Urbanism is holding its annual conference in the Old City of Philadelphia. CNU was started several years back to push forth the ideas of traditional neighborhood design by iconic founding members like Andres Duany, Peter Calthorpe, et al. Its flagship project Seaside in Florida, is still a model for growth nearly 20 years later.
During the opening day, members from around the nation held an evening panel to discuss the future of CNU. As one of the invitees to this small event, Sherwood was able to get an inside look at where CNU will be headed. Discussion focused on staying true to the principles of the Congress as USGBC’s neighborhood-based standards LEED ND roles onto the scene.
As a way to better promote CNU, over two years Doug Farr put forth the challenge to partner CNU and USGBC together to standardize the core principles of CNU. As the pilot program for LEED ND continues forth, so will the crafting of standards for the principles of CNU. As the ideas as CNU become more public, our communities will certainly improve.
So what is the future of CNU? As an observer to the discussions, I did hear a recurring theme: we must educate the DOTs of the nation and get the engineers on board.
Sherwood was a welcome newcomer!
Stay tuned for updates from the New Urbanist movement….
Posted by Ken K.