Friday, May 20, 2011

CNU 19: Growing Local

The 19th annual meeting of the Congress for the New Urbanism will be June 1-4 in Madison, Wisconsin. 

The annual Congress for the New Urbanism (CNU) is the leading venue for new urbanist education, collaboration, and networking. CNU members come from around the world to discuss development practices and public policies, learn from recent innovative work, and advance new initiatives to transform our communities.

Drawing on the close relationship Madison has with its agricultural neighbors, CNU 19 will build on the theme of “Growing Local.” The conference will explore linkages that urban communities have with local food production, the food economy and the infrastructure that has developed around this symbiosis.

It’s not just about growing food though. The conference will extend the “Growing Local” theme to include the nurturing of non-agricultural local economies and local connections — from Madison’s burgeoning bicycle industry and bike culture to its commitment to community involvement and participation, and pursuit of growth that reinforces a distinct sense of place. The region’s balance of vibrant urban life, rural charm, and natural beauty make Madison an ideal backdrop for CNU 19. Confirmed speakers include author and urban historian William Cronon, Trek CEO John Burke, Madison Mayor Dave Cieslewicz, Congressman Blumenauer, the six original visionaries of CNU, Seaside, FL founder Robert Davis, and many, many more.

Matt Festa

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The CNU Annual Meeting coincides well with the 17th International Symposium on Society and Resource Management (ISSRM), which is in Madison June 4-8. Those of you going to CNU should consider sticking around for a few days to check it out. The theme this year is "Integrating Conservation and Sustainable Living" (although I am not sure my panel on land conservation and climate change really fits in that theme (shhh... don't tell)).

Posted by: Jessica Owley | May 21, 2011 4:24:42 PM