Congress Avenue Jane's Walk
Jun
3
11:00 am11:00

Congress Avenue Jane's Walk

  • Royal Blue Grocery

Join CNU-CTX on Saturday, June 3rd for our annual Jane’s Walk.  This year, in conjunction with Our Congress Avenue: Transform! urban design initiative, we will be exploring the Main Street of Texas through the lens of the life and work of Jane Jacobs.

Jane's Walks are free organized walking tours, in which people get together to explore, talk and envision their city neighborhoods.

Jane Jacobs' urbanism and activism championed a fresh, community-based approached to city building. Her seminal work, and indictment of urban planning in the middle of the 20th century, The Death and Life of Great American Cities remains one of the most influential books ever to be written about the importance of cities and the failures of modern urban planning to recognize their essential economic functions.

We're looking forward to exploring the successes, shortcomings and opportunities that are presented by Congress Avenue and consider how Jane Jacobs’ ideas might help shape the next chapter in the most important street in the state.

CNU 25.Seattle
May
3
May 6

CNU 25.Seattle

A rapidly expanding transit network runs through green, dense neighborhoods full of historic homes and local businesses. A thriving startup economy sparks innovation in tech and civic spaces. Surrounding it all, Puget Sound and the Cascade and Olympic Mountain Ranges provide a constant bridge to the natural world. Seattle and the Pacific Northwest are creating the next frontier of urbanist innovation. But as the pace of change quickens, the region is struggling to maintain its affordability, character, and pioneer spirit.

At our 25th annual Congress, CNU will celebrate the last quarter-century of New Urbanist accomplishments and pivotal moments—while looking forward to the future of building sustainable, equitable, livable places.

REGISTER

Don’t miss this opportunity to help chart the course of New Urbanism for the next 25 years.

CNU-CTX Annual Meeting
Apr
27
5:30 pm17:30

CNU-CTX Annual Meeting

  • TenOak

Join us to learn about all the exciting things accomplished and going on and being planned by our CNU Central Texas Chapter. Find out where you can plug in and get more involved in the work of our committees.

At our annual meeting, CNU-CTX members will elect new Chapter Directors.  The 2017 slate of nominees are as follows:

  • Erika Ragsdale, CNU-CTX Director, CNU-Accredited Planning Coordinator for the City of San Antonio with experience in the public and private sectors. (renewing for a 3 year term)
  • Gabriel Diaz Montemayor, CNU-CTX Director, Assistant Professor of Landscape Architecture at the School of Architecture at the University of Texas at Austin. (renewing for a 3 year term)
  • Sarah Esserlieu, CNU-CTX Interim Director, Senior Management Analyst, City of San Antonio.
  • Ben Holland, CNU-CTX Interim Director, Senior Associate at Rocky Mountain Institute, where he manages the Mobility Oriented Development initiative. His focus is on land use and mobility as as service. Ben holds a M.S. in business analytics from University of Colorado.
  • Chris Riley, former City of Austin Councilmember, and recent graduate of the Pratt Instituted with a masters in Urban Placemaking and Management.
  • Meredith Powell, Founder/Owner of Public City, Vice Chair of Evolve Austin Board of Directors, on the Board of Directors of the Austin Community Design and Development Cente, and serves on the curatorial board for Pecha Kucha Night Austin.
  • Keri Burchard-Juarez, Municipal Transportation Leader with Garver, licensed professional civil engineer and certified project management professional with 17 years of experience in the design and construction of public infrastructure.
  • Dean Almy, Associate Professor of Architecture, Feelow of the Forum for Urban Design, and Director of the Graduate Program in Urban Design and The Texas Urban Futures Laboratory at The University of Texas at Austin.  

To vote you must be a member in good standing.  Join CNU or renew your membership online here in advance. National CNU membership is free for students, $40 for advocates, $125 for nonprofit/government, $195 for full Urbanist membership.

Encore Cafe Urban: 101 Semesters Beyond the Studio: Lecture by Sinclair Black
Apr
24
5:00 pm17:00

Encore Cafe Urban: 101 Semesters Beyond the Studio: Lecture by Sinclair Black

CNU-CTX is pleased to join Reconnect Austin and Project Great Steets a for a Cafe Urban featuring Sinclair Black, Congress for the New Urbanism 2008 Athena Medal recipient and Director Emeritus of CNU-CTX, for a celebration of 50+ years of teaching and practice.

101 Semesters Beyond the Studio is a month-long exhibition hosted by the University of Texas at Austin School of Architecture which recounts a myriad of explorations: from creating beautiful designs to campaigning to bury the highway; traveling around the globe to making special places; honoring Texas heritage to revitalizing downtown Austin; serving the public good to inspiring future citizen architects.

Hear Sinclair’s stories about these explorations in a private lecture specifically for CNU members. In his own words: a snapshot of a lifetime of work with more to come!

There are two opportunities to hear Sinclair talk about his work and tour the exhibit. Both events start in the lecture room at Goldsmith Hall (399 W 22nd St. Austin, TX 78705) and conclude in the Mebane Gallery to see the exhibit.

Cafe Urban: 101 Semesters Beyond the Studio: Lecture by Sinclair Black
Apr
22
10:00 am10:00

Cafe Urban: 101 Semesters Beyond the Studio: Lecture by Sinclair Black

  • Goldsmith Hall

CNU-CTX is pleased to join Reconnect Austin and Project Great Steets a for a Cafe Urban featuring Sinclair Black, Congress for the New Urbanism 2008 Athena Medal recipient and Director Emeritus of CNU-CTX, for a celebration of 50+ years of teaching and practice.

101 Semesters Beyond the Studio is a month-long exhibition hosted by the University of Texas at Austin School of Architecture which recounts a myriad of explorations: from creating beautiful designs to campaigning to bury the highway; traveling around the globe to making special places; honoring Texas heritage to revitalizing downtown Austin; serving the public good to inspiring future citizen architects.

Hear Sinclair’s stories about these explorations in a private lecture specifically for CNU members. In his own words: a snapshot of a lifetime of work with more to come!

There are two opportunities to hear Sinclair talk about his work and tour the exhibit. Both events start in the lecture room at Goldsmith Hall (399 W 22nd St. Austin, TX 78705) and conclude in the Mebane Gallery to see the exhibit.

CNU-CTX (ATX) - Code Talk
Feb
27
5:30 pm17:30

CNU-CTX (ATX) - Code Talk

  • TenOak

The long anticipated draft of Austin’s new Land Development Code had been released. Please join CNU-CTX for a presentation by Code Studio’s Lee Einsweiler, and primary author of Imagine Austin Garner Stoll.

Lee will bring his considerable expertise and experience in preparing over 20 form based codes to discuss how the draft code is organized, functions, and attempts to implement Imagine Austin.
Garner will discuss how the code responds to the Code Diagnosis conducted in the first phase of CodeNEXT.

Both will be on hand to answer all your questions about what in the Code will support the Creation of Places People Love.

Lee Einsweiler has been involved in planning, zoning and plan implementation in a variety of settings over the past 30 years. His emphasis has been on redevelopment activity in urban areas, beginning in the 1980’s and continuing with his recent work in Fort Worth’s Stockyards, Asheville’s River Arts District, and the entire City of Los Angeles.

Lee sharpened his skills in the preparation of zoning and subdivision regulations across the country, and has been personally responsible for over 50 code projects, including the complete revision and adoption of over 30 codes and the preparation of over 20 form-based codes. His combination of conventional zoning know-how and new code approaches are rare in the profession, and his ability to facilitate the consideration and adoption of new zoning serves his clients well.

Lee previously served as an adjunct faculty member in the Department of Community & Regional Planning at the University of Texas. He is a past board member of the CNU-CTX, where he chaired the Policy Committee. Lee is a frequent speaker at state and national conferences on the issue of zoning and form-based codes.

Garner Stoll has extensive experience as a city planner in “town‐gown” communities. He has managed planning programs in the university communities of Lawrence, Kansas; Lincoln, Nebraska; Boulder, Colorado; Oklahoma City, Oklahoma and Austin, Texas. Over his 40‐year career, he played a key role in efforts to rethink the functions and procedures of planning departments and improve customer service. One of his biggest accomplishments was managing the preparation of the “Imagine Austin” comprehensive plan for Austin, Texas which has received numerous state and national awards.

Cafe Urban (SATX) - Missing Middle Housing
Feb
22
5:30 pm17:30

Cafe Urban (SATX) - Missing Middle Housing

Join CNU-CTX for San Antonio's first Cafe Urban, a quarterly event bringing city-lovers together to discuss various topics of New Urbanism and the built environment. Our first topic of the year is Missing Middle housing. Learn more at the Facebook event page!

CNU-CTX Holiday Happy Hour
Dec
14
5:30 pm17:30

CNU-CTX Holiday Happy Hour

  • Delicious

Please join CNU-CTX and allied groups and friends for a lively Holiday Happy Hour Party at Delicious. Come for conviviality, nibbles, and Cards Against Urbanity - cash bar. 

Season of Sharing:  New urbanists helping new urbanites

CNU-CTX will collect cash donation to buy needed basic household supplies for the new urban dwellers at Bluebonnet Studios.  

Foundation Communities just opened these apartments at 2301 S. Lamar Blvd. Help CNU-CTX welcome the new residents - about 100 single adults, who include formerly homeless veterans, low-wage workers, seniors, and individuals with disabilities who haven’t had their own home.

We’ll have a display showing cleaning and personal care supplies the new residents will need which will be purchased with the help of your donations.

CNU-CTX Annual Luncheon - Central Texas Corridors:  The Way Forward
Dec
7
11:30 am11:30

CNU-CTX Annual Luncheon - Central Texas Corridors: The Way Forward

  • JW Marriott

What are the best ways to keep our region moving as it grows?
Central Texas urban corridors are building blocks of a sustainable mobility network and the front lines of the struggle to integrate transportation and land use. Join CNU-CTX and national transportation thought leader Jeffrey Tumlin for a timely exploration of the region’s past and future and the potential for invigorating our streets and neighborhoods.


Jeffrey Tumlin is director of strategy at Nelson\Nygaard Consulting Associates, a San Francisco-based transportation planning and engineering firm that focuses on sustainable mobility. For more than twenty years,he has led station area, downtown, citywide, and campus plans, and delivered lectures and classes in 20 U.S. states and five other countries. His projects have won awards from the U.S. General Services Administration, Institute of Transportation Engineers, American Planning Association, American Society of Landscape Architects, Congress for the New Urbanism, and Urban Land Institute. He is the author of Sustainable Transportation:  Tools for Creating Healthy, Vibrant and Resilient Communities.

New Urbanism Film Festival - San Antonio
Nov
16
6:30 pm18:30

New Urbanism Film Festival - San Antonio

Join us for the first San Antonio screening of the New Urbanism Film Festival (NUFF)! Grab a beer, mingle with fellow urbanists and enjoy a collection of films on the topic of the built environment.

City-lovers of all backgrounds are invited! Anyone who works to redesign a street, strengthen ties in a neighborhood, develop new housing, or preserve a historic landmark is putting New Urbanism into action—regardless of their affiliation or background.

Nov
16
3:30 pm15:30

Code Advisory Group launches working groups focused on affordability, compatibility, small business

The CodeNEXT Code Advisory Group will initiate a series of working groups to dig deeper into concepts directly linked to the land development code revision. The topics are household affordability, “missing middle” housing, and the small business experience.

The individual working groups will begin meeting on Jan. 20, according to the tentative schedule below.  All meetings will be held in One Texas Center, 505 Barton Springs Road, Room 325.

Code Issues for Affordability
Jan. 20, 3:30 pm – 5:30 pm
Feb. 2, 3:30 pm – 5 pm
Feb. 13, 3 pm – 5 pm
Feb. 23, 3 pm – 5 pm
Mar. 3, 3:30 pm – 5 pm

Infill, compatibility, and missing middle housing
Jan. 22, 3:30 pm – 5 pm
Feb 6, 3 pm – 5 pm
Feb. 17, 4 pm – 5:30 pm
Feb. 26, 3 pm – 5 pm
Mar. 6, 3 pm – 5 pm
 
Obstacles for small business
Jan. 26, 10 am – 12 pm
Feb. 9, 3 pm – 5 pm
Feb. 20, 3 pm – 5 pm
Mar. 2, 3:30 pm – 5 pm
Mar. 9, 4 pm –  5 pm

Keep up to date at the CodeNEXT website.

CNU-CTX Walking Tour: Domain Northside/Rock Rose Street
Nov
11
3:00 pm15:00

CNU-CTX Walking Tour: Domain Northside/Rock Rose Street

  • The Domain

Join CNU-CTX on Friday, November 11th for our Autumn walking tour of the Domain.  The walk will focus on the newly opened Domain Northside and Rock Rose Entertainment District, but we’ll also revisit the original Century Oaks section to consider the Public Private Partnership that served as a catalyst for the whole development.

Love it or hate it, the Domain is one of the largest and most mixed-use walkable urban centers in Austin, and one of the largest and most successful lifestyle centers in the country. There are plenty of valuable lessons to explore about using walkable urbanism to build value in real estate investments, and creating a real sense of place beyond the standard shopping mall.

The walk will begin at the Northside Lawn at the corner of Rock Rose and Palm Way. We’ll gather at 3:00 p.m.and leisurely tour the development until 5:00 p.m. After the walk, please join us for a happy hour on Rock Rose for conversation, analysis, debate and merriment.

Northside Lawn is about one mile or 20 minute walk from the MetroRail Kramer Station, and about 0.3 mile or 6 minute walk from MetroRapid 803 Domain Station. There is also plenty of free parking located in two garages located between Domain Drive and Rock Rose.

Tickets are free to CNU-CTX Members.  Non CNU Members are asked to pay $10.00 for our event.  To become a member and avoid the charge is easy - register at CNU - memberships start at $40.00 per year: https://www.cnu.org/get-involved/become-member

CNU-CTX Co-Hosts Charles Marohn Happy Hour with ATX Urbanists and Strong Towns Central Texas
Oct
26
5:30 pm17:30

CNU-CTX Co-Hosts Charles Marohn Happy Hour with ATX Urbanists and Strong Towns Central Texas

  • Pour House Pub

Charles Marohn is in town to talk about to talk about The Hidden Costs of Suburban Sprawl at City Hall.  We encourage everyone to see that and then come join Chuck and us afterwords for a Congress for the New Urbanism Central Texas Chapter, #atxurbanists, and Strong Towns Central- Texas co-hosted Happy Hour Pour House Pub.

CityMatters 20x20
Sep
29
5:30 pm17:30

CityMatters 20x20

  • TenOak

Please join us on Thursday, September 29th at TenOAK for CityMatters 20x20 as we invite four UT professors to tell us about their reasearch relating to our region and new urbanism.  

Our speakers will be: 

Gabriel Diaz Montemayor, CNU-CTX Board Member and Assistant Professor of Landscape Architecture at the School of Architecture

Patricia Wilson, Professor,  Community and Regional Planning Program 

Robert Young, Assistant Profsessor, Community and Regional Planning Program

Elizabeth Mueller, Associate Professor, Community and Regional Planning Program

At CityMatters 20x20 we invite four speakers to deliver a rapid and dynamic presentation – 20 slides for 20 seconds each – all related to a single theme. The audience is encouraged to comment and ask questions.

ATX Screening of NUFF
Aug
23
7:00 pm19:00

ATX Screening of NUFF

  • Alamo Draft House - South Lamar

Don't let the dog days of summer get between you and your new urbanism fix.  Beat the heat and join us second annual screening of selected films from the New Urbanism Film Festival (NUFF) at the fabulously air-conditioned Alamo Drafthouse, South Lamar sponsored by Capital Metro.

The NUFF is provocative evening of sometimes funny, sometimes moving, and always thought provoking films about urban design, transportation, affordability and pressures brought by rapid change in cities and neighborhoods.

Tickets NOW available!

CNU-CTX
Aug
4
5:30 pm17:30

CNU-CTX

  • BaseCamp Austin

Please join CNU-CTX and RECA for a Networking Happy Hour on Thursday, August 4th, 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.

CNU 24 - After Party
Jul
1
6:00 pm18:00

CNU 24 - After Party

  • Cambridge Towers

 

Over 50 Central Texans descended on Detroit for CNU24 and came back brimming with inspiration to use in our work to make the places people love in Central Texas.  

Whether you have come back so-inspired, want to hear from others who were, or would like to learn more about the fascinating City of Detroit and the presentations at CNU24, please join us for a pot-luck social this Friday.  

Bring a dish or a beverage to share!

Do you have pictures or and idea from CNU24 that you would like to share?  Please email: kgregor@prismnet.com

CNU Chapter Block Party
Jun
10
5:00 pm17:00

CNU Chapter Block Party

  • Detroit Opera House

Join CNU Members and Congress Attendees at CNU’s first-ever Chapter Block Party to be held at CNU 24, Friday, June 10 from 5:00-7:30 p.m. in the Detroit Opera House’s Parking Lot. Chat and mingle in a temporarily activated outdoor space while unwinding over a drink. With 17 chapters and 2 organizing committees throughout North America, you are sure to have a good time! 

Made possible by the support of the following CNU Chapters:

CNU Atlanta . CNU California . CNU Carolinas . CNU Cascadia . CNU Central Texas . CNU DC . CNU Florida . CNU IL . CNU Michigan . CNU New England . CNU New York . CNU NTX . CNU Ontario . CNU Wisconsin

CNU 24 . Detroit - Transforming the City
Jun
8
Jun 11

CNU 24 . Detroit - Transforming the City

The 24th annual Congress for the New Urbanism in Detroit will bring together over 1,500 individuals from North America and around the world for four days of education, collaboration, discussion, and debate on the policies, designs, and emerging approaches that create great places.

Loop Mega Mixer
May
19
5:30 pm17:30

Loop Mega Mixer

  • San Antonio Museum of Art

Please join SANU at the 4th Annual Mega Mixer on Thursday, May 19th, 5:30 - 8:30PM at the San Antonio Museum of Art.  San Antonio New Urbanists will have a table promoting the organization and we’d love to see you all there!  Leadership Organization of Professionals (LOOP) organizes this annual event as a networking opportunity for local professionals and to provide a way to connect with local organizations and associations. 

Cafe Urban - South Central Waterfront Initiative
May
18
5:30 pm17:30

Cafe Urban - South Central Waterfront Initiative

Please join CNU-CTX and DANA as we co-host Alan Holt for a special Cafe Urban featuring the South Central Waterfront Initiative Plan.  

The South Central Waterfront Initiative Plan will establish a framework to coordinate a coming wave of redevelopment to achieve compact and connected, mixed-use development with greatly expanded open spaces and trails, green streets, and hundreds of units of affordable housing.

The Council will vote on the SCW Plan in June. If adopted, the Plan would guide public and private investments through defined goals and potential incentives, partnerships and creative finance.

CNU-CTX Jane's Walk
May
7
10:00 am10:00

CNU-CTX Jane's Walk

  • 2307 Manor Road Austin, TX, 78722 United States

Join CNU-CTX on Saturday, May 7th for our first walking tour of 2016. This year, we're kicking it off with a Jane's Walk, exploring an important Austin street through the lens of the life and work of Jane Jacobs and celebrating her 100th Birthday. Jane's Walks are free organized walking tours, in which people get together to explore, talk and envision their city neighborhoods.