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CALL FOR PAPERS: Congress for New Urbanism 2009, Denver, CO (Deadline Dec. 1, Congress June 10-13, 2009)

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CNU Call for Academic Papers

Call for Papers:

The Congress for the New Urbanism annually invites academic paper submissions for presentation at the Congress. Submissions are welcome on a range of issues and disciplines related to New Urbanism. Selection is based on the paper’s contribution to critical discussion and practice of New Urbanism and for synergies within sessions. Papers that incorporate the theme of the Congress, “Experiencing the New Urbanism: The Convenient Remedy”, are especially welcomed. All papers are read and commented upon by at least two reviewers prior to presentation.

Deadline: December 1, 2008

Details of Submission:
All paper submissions must represent original work, cannot have been previously published, and must be written in English.

Submissions can be no longer than 2400 words, excluding endnotes, and all papers must also include an abstract not to exceed 100 words.

Accepted papers and abstracts will be published on the CNU website, and the authors of those selected papers will be required to complete copyright transfer forms.

All papers will be reviewed and commented on by at least two peers prior to presentation. Authors will receive copies of reviewer comments.

Submitted papers will be submitted for publication to the Journal of Urbanism.

Instructions for Submission:
The subject line of the email should be the title of the paper. The body of the e-mail should include the author’s name, e-mail address, phone number, and brief bio for the CNU speaker database (not to exceed 100 words). The paper should be submitted as a Microsoft Word attachment. Participants should fill out the cover sheet (see attached file) and paste their abstract and text into the body of the word document. The 100-word abstract must appear at the front of the paper. So that the submissions can be objectively assessed, please do not reference the author’s name or institution in the file name or text of the paper or abstract. Illustrations incorporated into the text in are strongly preferred, however they can be sent as additional attachments with the email so long as they do not exceed a total of 5MB.

Submissions are now open for CNU 17 in Denver! Authors wishing to submit a paper for consideration must do so by December 1, 2008.

Email Submissions to

Please send any questions to Heather Smith

Call for reviewers:
If you are interested in reviewing academic papers for CNU 17, please e-mail a short paragraph describing your areas of expertise to It is a plus if you are in academia but it is not required, practitioners are encouraged to volunteer as well.

CNU 17: Experiencing the New Urbanism: The Convenient Remedy

Millennium overlook

DenverJune 10-13, 2009

Since hosting CNU VI in 1998, the Denver region has seen numerous new urbanist developments shaped by the CNU charter. CNU 17 will provide opportunities to experience how these new urbanist places live: the people, the spaces, and the buildings. We are looking for ideas that will challenge attendees to evaluate how the CNU Charter has shaped better neighborhoods and communities and created Convenient Remedies to urban sprawl.

The deadline is now up for CNU 17’s Call for Ideas. Thank you all for your idea submissions!

The program will consist of the following tracks:

Towards the Post Carbon Urbanism
The realities of peak oil and global climate change have raised the urgency of refining and broadening awareness of the Convenient Remedies of the New Urbanism. How does New Urbanism make sustainable living easier? How do the Convenient Remedies improve choices for where we live and work, how we get around, and where we get our food? How do we most effectively measure and convincingly broadcast what the New Urbanism achieves?

Implementing the New Urbanism
Developing and redeveloping according to the principles of the New Urbanism often diverges significantly from customary practices: market analysis, approvals, financial structures, building types, marketing, all can be quite different than those associated with conventional developments. After nearly two decades of experience, how well have new urban practices been developed? Is an alternative system emerging? Or are projects still being approached as variances from the norm?

Challenging the New Urbanism to Improve
Skepticism and misconceptions of the New Urbanism have constantly challenged us to find better ways to promote the CNU movement. Criticism from both outside and within the movement has driven constructive refinement of our techniques for making better places. What are the common myths that still challenge us? How do we expose places that claim to be New Urbanist but aren’t? How do we continue to self-critique the New Urbanism to intelligently respond to common myths and strengthen the movement by sharing lessons learned from real places?

Driving, Riding and Walking the New Urbanism
The Denver region is embarking on one of the nation’s largest public transit expansions and provides a rich setting for exploring how and greater mobility choice can support sustainable growth. But simply adding transit will not guarantee better results. This track is designed to challenge and expand the current thought and practice regarding historical perspectives and the future of US transit, how TOD location, design and type, support sustainability. Off the Tracks, evaluating the value of the bus and bike, and using New Urbanist tools, such as the transect, to organize regions around public transit.

Urbanizing the Horizontal Region: Retrofitting Suburbia
Many Western and Sunbelt cities and regions grew in sprawl patterns, with urbanism and regionalism compromised in order to accommodate the automobile. As New Urbanism is integrated into these communities, many challenges arise. This track is intended to explore implementing urbanism at the regional scale, Re-urbanizing cities, urbanizing suburbia, affirming the role of public space, integrating new buildings with existing places, and increasing density where appropriate.

Sustainable Infrastructure: Codes and other Tools that Create Value
Our existing infrastructure is in need of extensive repair. New Urbanism provides a framework for designing and wisely investing in public infrastructure that creates value, provide opportunity for economic development, broaden transportation choices. This track focuses on and Investing in Public Infrastructure that Creates Value by shifting the paradigm from simply providing a utility to creating that adds value.


One thought on “CALL FOR PAPERS: Congress for New Urbanism 2009, Denver, CO (Deadline Dec. 1, Congress June 10-13, 2009)

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