Why I Attend the Congress | Scott Bernstein of CNT


It's no secret that the annual Congress for the New Urbanism is the leading venue for New Urbanist education, collaboration and networking. Every year, the top minds and practitioners from around the globe travel to the CNU event to engage with the ideas that give shape and meaning to the communities we inhabit. By congregating a diverse collection of thought-leaders, planners, architects, academics, government officials, students, and citizen-activists, CNU creates a community for the design of ideas, and readies them for application.

Why I Attend the Congress is a series dedicated to sharing the first-hand experience and insight gained from attending the yearly event.

The following contribution comes direct from Scott Bernstein, CNU Board Member and the President of the Center for Neighborhood Technology.

Immediate exposure to the best community designs in the country and in some cases from around the world--the quality of New Urbanist designs and plans can't be beat, and there is no other venue in which to access best practitioners in this field so comprehensively.

A chance to merge perspectives on performance-based planning with physical design--well designed neighborhoods and cities work better, but the burden of proof is on the advocates for change-- the Congress and the CNU network is our shortcut to learning how others make the case, what the newer evidence and tools are for helping with that case.

Brings livability and sustainable communities to life-- cities and new urban communities are energy-efficient, resource-efficient and location-efficient, and here you can find out which places work best on these criteria, and why in direct conversation with critical analysts and practitioners--will include both advocacy and debates on these topics.

Best way to orient newer and younger staff to state-of-the-art in community design -- think about the cost of individual professional seminars versus the bundle that the Congress will offer.

Immediate showcase and market for our own work-- transit oriented and cargo oriented community economic development; substitution of green infrastructure for grey in urban context; energy efficiency in high density mixed use communities; computer aided tools for scoring the true affordability, carbon and economic performance benefits of sustainable communities (we'll have a booth with these tools and people to explain their use-- please visit us!)

Special bonus this year--Madison, a smaller yet distinctively urban metropolitan area and an innovator in so many ways.


You never know what else-- last year HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan used the Congress to announce HUD's commitment to employ LEED for Neighborhood Development and a Housing + Transportation Affordability Index to prioritize their $3 Billion in annual competitively awarded grants...stay tuned...

See you there!


- Scott Bernstein.





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