Everyone's CNU: Free Public Events

Come and discover what the New Urban­ist buzz is all about! The CNU conference events listed below are open to the public. Citizen activists, students, developers and real estate professionals, elected officials, city and county staff, and nonprofits are especially encouraged to attend.

All listed events are free; all occur at the Austin Convention Center (except the screening of The Unforeseen). No registration required.


General Interest

CNU NextGen: a one-day congress

Wednesday, April 2, 9:30am-5pm, Room 4
Presenters: Steve Mouzon, Peter French, Tom Low, members of Duany Plater-Zyberk

Become part of the influential next generation to apply New Urbanist ideas, develop them further, and support sustainability and new ideas within CNU. NextGen is an excellent way for students, young professionals, and newcomers (of all ages and backgrounds) to learn about New Urbanism while meeting others with similar interests who want to make a difference. NextGen will feature morning presentations. The afternoon will kick off the open-source congress: a dynamic conversation to fuel CNU's new initiatives program.

Austin's Past and Future: Green and Growing

Athena Medal for Lifetime Achievement Award: Sinclair Black
Wednesday, April 2, 5:30-7pm, Ballroom ABC
Presenters: Will Wynn, Sinclair Black, Stefanos Polyzoides, Boone Powell, Arthur W. Andersson

This informal session showcases the city as a place of booming urbanism and cutting-edge green technology. Mayor Will Wynn will discuss the Austin Climate Protection Plan. Central Texans honored will be Sinclair Black, O'Neil Ford, and Charles Moore, for their outstanding contributions to architecture and urbanism.

Envision Central Texas Open Session

Thursday, April 3, 3-5pm, Ballroom ABC
Presenters: Peter Calthorpe, Jim Walker

Internationally recognized regional and urban planner Peter Calthorpe, consultant for the original Envision Central Texas visioning project, will assess the progress in turning the vision into a reality and identify the key next steps necessary. Learn how to translate our preferred vision for regional growth into actions that foster sustainable growth and development.

Sustainable Buildings Tour

Friday, April 4, 3:30pm
Convention Center (meet at northeast corner)
Presenters: CNU, U.S. Green Building Council, City Green

See Downtown buildings that have made Austin a national leader in green building while discussing them with sustainability leaders from Austin and around the country.

All-Star Sustainabash

Friday, April 4, 6-8:30pm, Speakeasy, 412 Congress
Presenters: CNU, U.S. Green Building Council, City Green

Schmooze with local and national sustainability leaders; help plot the green urban revolution! Free appetizers, drink specials.

'The Unforeseen'

Wednesday-Thursday, April 2-3, Alamo South Lamar
$8.25 admission; see www.originalalamo.com for screening times

Laura Dunn's film about the Save Our Springs movement chronicles the personalities and emotions behind Austin's struggle to balance growth and environmental protection. Executive produced by Terrence Malick and Robert Redford.


Special Interest

LEED for Neighborhood Development

Thursday, April 3, 9am-12:30pm, Room 4
Presenters: Jennifer Henry, Doug Farr, Susan Mudd, Tom Richman, Victor Dover

Current project case studies presented by the leading New Urbanists who helped create the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design for Neighborhood Development Rating System – which promotes sustainable and green neighborhoods rather than addressing individual buildings. Learn about how to use the LEED-ND Rating System.

The Conservative Agenda & New Urbanism

Thursday, April 3, 12:30-1:30pm, Room 8
Presenters: Bill Lind, Bruce Donnelly, Nathan Norris, Peter Katz, Andres Duany, Mike Krusee

New Urbanism enjoys bipartisan support. Learn how and why conservatives can embrace its resurrection of traditional city values and the economic development it brings.

The Original Green

Thursday, April 3, 1-2pm, Room 4
Presenter: Steve A. Mouzon

Traditional styles of construction before the "therm­o­stat age" were necessarily energy-efficient and sustainable. Within sustainable places, humans built sustainable buildings that were first lovable, then durable, flexible, and frugal – the "original green."

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