Bryant Au's blog

Looking Back - An Intern's Experience at CNU


As I'm sitting here in my final hours of being a CNU summer intern, awaiting the completion of the file transfer of my work to my own computer (ten minutes remaining), I thought it'd be appropriate for a quick reflection on my summer crash course in urban planning and the New Urbanism.


Congress Review: Rainwater Speed Presentation Night

Here's a recap of the Rainwater-in-Context Speed Presentation at CNU 20. CNU members cruised through a variety of topics in our Rainwater-in-Context initiative in in just over an hour. New urbanists discuss how to capture and better utilize one of our important natural resource.


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Help Students for New Urbanism with Interview Series!

Just a quick reminder that CNU is working on creating a Students for New Urbanism primer! We're creating a start up kit for university chapters that will include a video interview series that they can use to guide their meetings. Check out the original blog post here.

We'll be hosting a conference call Wednesday, June 27 at noon central time. If you'd like to get involved, email bau(at) for details.


Highway Spotlight: Minhocão - São Paulo's "Big Worm"

Minhocão (“The Big Worm”) is an elevated highway running through the heart of São Paulo, Brazil – the largest city in one of the fastest growing countries in the world. Officially Via Elevada Presidente Artur da Costa E Silva, after Brazil's second president, the Minhocão was built in 1971 as a solution to São Paulo's rapid population swell that brought the city from a population of about two million in 1950, to nearly eleven million today.

New Rainwater-in-Context Photos

We just received some great photos from CNU Member Alan Cunningham detailing a project with our Rainwater-in-Context Initiative.  Alan visited bumpouts near the Water Works Museum in Boston, designed to capture rainwater runoff and return it to the natural environment. You can find the pictures on CNU’s Flickr page here.

Calling All Students!

After a successful Open Source session with students at CNU 20 in West Palm Beach, CNU student members and staff are working together to bring New Urbanism to your campus! Students for New Urbanism (SNU) are student chapters of CNU that help share the ideas and benefits of New Urbanism at a grassroots level.