The Congress for the New Urbanism’s annual gathering is June 1-4 in Madison, Wisconsin. As a municipal planner you likely have a few conferences to choose from including the obvious choice, the American Planning Association Conference, both national and local. And while you should continue to be a regular attendee at APA, every once and a while, perhaps this year, consider attending CNU. A few reasons:
- New Ideas: CNU is the brewery for big ideas that change everything. For example, you are familiar with the “growing local” movement and strategies for maintaining rural character, but agricultural urbanism is a design-based integration of community-supported agriculture into the weave of neighborhoods and regions. In several new towns across the country like Serenbe GA, and Hampstead AL, as well as in major cities like Atlanta, Montgomery and Madison, the movement is taking root. Design approaches that address the challenges of rising fuel costs, health problems due to inactivity, the social balkanization of America, and climate change, are coming from the CNU. What’s more, it’s a congress, not a conference: delegates vigorously debate the ideas, and challenge each other to advance the state of the art. You’ll have a chance to engage directly with other thinkers, not just sit through panels.