May 2023 Happy Hour
CNU-DC will be hosting a happy hour on Wednesday, May 24th at Dacha Beer Garden in Navy Yard! Happy hour will begin at 6pm, all are welcome!
We are very excited for the upcoming Congress in Charlotte, NC at the end of May. The "Focus" of this year's Congress is Corridors:
The corridor is a significant element of the New Urbanism because of its inherently civic nature. In the age of the metropolis, with villages, towns, neighborhoods and districts aggregated in unprecedented quantity, the most universally used public spaces are the corridors that serve connection and mobility. Of the three elements - the neighborhood, the district and the corridor - the latter, in its optimum form, is the most difficult to implement because it requires regional coordination.
For this month's discussion topic, we'd like talk about how the corridor manifests in DC, with particular attention on the recent updates to the K Street Transitway Plan. The plan has gone through numerous iterations over the years; the most recent version features dedicated bus lanes through the center of the street with two lanes of traffic on either side (6 lanes of traffic total). Notably, the bike lanes present in previous versions have been removed with plans to locate them on L Street to the north. More information can be found at the link below:
K Street Transitway
Dacha Navy Yard
79 Potomac Ave SE, Washington, DC
Wednesday, May 24th
Also, big thanks to Stewart Schwartz from the Coalition for Smarter Growth for acting as our guest speaker at our Annual Meeting!
Friday March 31, 2023 5:30pm - Sunday April 2, 2023 6:00pm
At its worst, urban density has been reduced to the simplistic definition of high-rise living, now blindly adopted by global cities as the way forward. Ingenious lessons in balancing urban density with public life seen in traditional human habitats worldwide remain marginalized and ignored. The human habitat, with its many variables, has been reduced to a hyper-simplistic formula of increasing density.
Hosted by The Congress for the New Urbanism (CNU) DC Chapter, a weekend-long Council about the complex issues communities and cities are facing regarding the balance of density and urbanism. A renowned group of speakers will address differing perspectives on this topic during panel presentations and discussions. The 3-day event will conclude on Sunday with tours of several DC Neighborhoods by local architects and planners.
5:30pm - 9:00pm
9:00am - 7:00pm
9:00am - 12:00pm
1:00pm - 6:00pm
Opening Remarks and Reception
Urbanism/Density Presentations & Discussions
Breakfast & Lunch Provided
Washington DC: Height, Affordable Housing, & Development
Breakfast & Lunch Provided
Tour of Projects in DC by Local Architects
Collection 14 - A Charter Award-Winning Building
1400 W Street NW
Washington, DC 20009
New Year, New Urbanism!
Happy Hour 1/25/23
Check out Dhiru Thadani's pen and ink drawing exhibit
Dhiru Thadani, Chair of the CNU DC Board is having an exhibit of his pen & ink drawings of Washington DC. During the second year of the pandemic he made 26 drawings of his favorite moments in the city, one for each letter of the alphabet.
The exhibit of select drawings will be on display at the Den Cafe gallery at Politics & Prose, 5015 Connecticut Avenue, NW from July 3 to 30.
There is an accompanying publication, Washington Drawings: Abe to Zoo that includes all 26 pen & ink drawings along with text providing context and history of the subject. Framed prints are available for sale.
CITIES UNDER SIEGE: KYIV AND ODESA
Place, Urban Design, and Reconstruction
Two of the most important cities in Ukraine— Kyiv and Odesa—are currently under attack. Matthew Bell, FAIA presents historic analysis, and leads discussion of the principal architecture and urban design features of these cities with particular focus on the rebuilding of Kyiv after World War II.
Who: Matthew Bell, FAIA—Principal, Perkins Eastman—Professor, University of Maryland—CNU DC Board Member
When: Wednesday, July 20 2022 at 6:30pm - 8:00pm
Where: District Architecture Center, 421 7th St NW, Washington, DC 20004
RSVP: Registration required. Visit AIA DC
https://www.aiadc.com/event/cities-under-siege-kyiv-and-odesa-place-urban-design-and-reconstruction -- This event is limited to 60 attendees
$10 for Students
$15 for AIA, Assoc. AIA & DAC Members
$25 for Non-Members
Credits: 1.5 LUs
Please note: You must attend the entire session to receive continuing education credit.