Thursday, July 26th, 2012

A Report from CNU20

Ok, so I’m a day late and a dollar short on this one. I didn’t attend CNU20 as I’m not really that connected to the New Urbanist movement. However, one Erin Chantry did go and wrote several blog posts as a report. Here are some links to her various reports:

1. Daniel Solomon vs. Andres Duany. Here’s something you don’t see everyday: a big debate about what new urbanism really ought to be all about, at the new urbanism conference itself. In particular, there are some harsh words leveled at the new CNU-advised LEED-ND standards.

2. Why did we stop walking and how can we start again? An interesting look at the history of the introduction of the automobile into our cities and how it led to our social behaviors developing the way they did.

3. Who the heck invited the DOT? Someone from the Florida DOT reviewed four challenges state transport departments are facing: funding declines, safety, decrease in drivers, land use.

4. Clearer Thinking: Urbanism+Transit. Jarrett Walker, one of my favorite transit geeks, decided to serve up a little “fire and brimstone” as he took issue with the planner-centric views that underpin new urbanism (build it and they will come), contrasting it with his people-centered approach to transport.

5. Creating a culture of bike safety What it says, people.

6. Analyzing Space, Uses, and Transportation A report from a breakout session with miscellaneous thoughts on these topics.

7. Reflections on a morning with Leon Krier Krier launches into various polemics, including a statement that no building should be taller than 3-4 levels.

8. Final Reflections Erin sums up her experience at CNU20.

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