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Upcoming Events

CNU32 Chapter Meetup
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Join us for a Chapter Meetup at Knox Joseph Distillery!🎉

We are so excited for CNU32 in Cincinnati and are thrilled to be hosting a Chapter Meetup for any and all CNU Attendees in the Mid-Atlantic Region. We'd like to use this opportunity to connect with members located throughout Maryland, Virginia, DC, and the larger region! The Meetup will take place after the CNU Opening Party on Wednesday, May 15th at the Knox Joseph Distillery at the OTR Stillhouse.

The Knox Joseph Distillery is in Over the Rhine, a neighborhood just north of the city center in Cincinnati. It is one of the largest, most intact urban historic districts in the united states and features

many beautifully preserved and repurposed historic buildings! 

Event Details:

  • Date: Wednesday, May 15th

  • Time: 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

  • Location: Knox Joseph Distillery,  2017 Branch St, Cincinnati

 

First Drink is on CNU-DC!

How to get there from the CNU32 Opening Party: 
Car: Knox Joseph Distillery is a short 6 minute drive (or uber) from Court Street Plaza, the location of the CNU32 Opening Party. If you are driving yourself, there is free and ample parking!
Public Transportation: Take the FREE Cincinnati Connector Street Car 6 stops from Court & Main to Brewery District.
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2024 Annual Meeting
Featuring Speaker Liz Price

Our Annual Meeting will take place on Thursday, April 18th! Join us for an evening of conversation with Liz Price, WMATA's Vice President of Real Estate and Development.

Where:

Torti Gallas + Partners

1923 Vermont Avenue NW

2nd Floor

Washington, DC

When: 

Thursday, April 18th

6:00 PM

Please use this link to add the meeting to your calendar: 

LINK

Meet our Speaker, Liz Price:
Vice President of Real Estate and Development 
Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) 

 

In her role as Vice President of Real Estate and Development at WMATA, Liz Price oversees a portfolio of nearly 1,000 acres of land and 67,000 parking spaces. WMATA’s nation-leading joint development program has delivered over 17 million square feet of mixed-use development at 30 stations and is responsible for future development of 30+ million square feet.  

 

Ms. Price has been involved in revitalizing neighborhoods in the Washington, DC region for over 20 years. At Hoffman & Associates she served as Director of Public Private Partnerships of the Wharf, a $2.5 billion, 3 million square foot mixed use waterfront redevelopment, where she worked with Federal and local partners to improve transit, pedestrian, bike and water taxi connections. As Vice President of the Anacostia Waterfront Corporation, she led the national developer search for the Southwest Waterfront (SWW) and oversaw the SWW Small Area Plan for the National Capital Revitalization Corporation. As President of the NoMa Business Improvement District, she fostered the renaissance of one of DC’s fastest growing neighborhoods.

 

Ms. Price also served as Executive Director of the Washington DC chapter of the Urban Land Institute.  Ms. Price graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and has a Master’s in Public and International Affairs from Princeton University.  She is a member of Leadership Greater Washington and a recipient of the Washington Business Journal’s Women Who Mean Business award. 

February 2024 Happy Hour
Virginia is for (Urbanism) Lovers
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Come join CNU-DC for a free-entry Happy Hour at Wilson Hardware on Thursday, February 15th starting @6pm.

This is a fantastic opportunity to meet inspiring individuals, exchange ideas, and contribute to the ongoing dialogue surrounding urban planning and design. Whether you're a seasoned expert or just curious about New Urbanism, everyone is welcome! 

Help us spread the word by sharing this invitation with colleagues, friends, and anyone intrigued by the prospect of shaping the future of our communities. We look forward to seeing you at the New Urbanism Happy Hour and raising a glass to the positive impact we can create together.

First drink is on us!

 

Where:

Wilson Hardware

2915 Wilson Blvd

Arlington, VA 22201

When: 

Thursday, February 16th

6pm

October Happy Hour
CNU-DC | ASCE-National Capital Section |
APA-NCAC | PRN
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Come join the ASCE-National Capital SectionAPA-NCACCNU-DC, and PRN (Parking Reform Network) for a free-entry joint Happy Hour at Crimson Whiskey Bar on Thursday, October 12th starting @5pm. This will be a unique opportunity to engage with working professionals in the fields of engineering, urban planning, and new urbanism and to learn from one another. Drinks and food are self-pay. Hope to see you there!

 

Where:

Crimson Whiskey Bar

When: 

Thursday, October 12th

5pm

Fall Lecture Series:
History & Architecture of Georgetown & Washington
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CNU-DC and The City Tavern Preservation Foundation are proud to present a series of 5 lectures on the history and architecture of Georgetown and Washington DC.

Speakers in the series will include esteemed historians, architects, and planners who will share their insights. It will include the establishment of Georgetown as a tobacco trading post on 60 acres and its transformation into a transportation hub to export goods. The visually illustrated lectures will conclude with an overview of the architectural changes in Georgetown and Washington over the past three centuries.

The five lectures over eight weeks (Sept 7 to Nov 2) are free and open to the public but registration is required through Eventbrite. The lecture series will be held at the historic City Tavern Club, 3206 M Street NW, between 6:00 and 8:00 PM.

Attendees are welcome to join the lecturer and hosts for dinner following the lecture by making your separate dinner reservation through Eventbrite.

 

Location:
City Tavern Club
3206 M Street NW


Time:
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Tour Rockville Town Square and Pike & Rose with CNU-DC Board Member Lee Sobel!
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Register Today!
 

CNU-DC is hosting a tour of Rockville Town Square and Pike & Rose on August 26th at 10:00am. The tour will be led by CNU-DC Board Member Lee Sobel.
 

Rockville Town Square marks the redevelopment of downtown Rockville due to the ill effects of its urban renewal program into a vibrant, mixed-use, walkable town center and Transit Oriented Development, created through a Public Private Partnership. Pike & Rose is an example of a suburban retrofit project, from an active strip center into a high-end mixed-use, walkable Transit Oriented Development district.

These tours will focus on site histories, and the urban design pros and cons of the projects.

The tour will begin at 10:00am, in the central square at Rockville Town Square. Attendees may drive or take Metro from Rockville Station to North Bethesda Station to access the projects as both are walkable to their metro stops.

Lunch after the tour at Pike & Rose, on your own.

More about Lee Sobel, our tour guide:
Mr. Sobel has been a commercial real estate broker with CB Richard Ellis, in South Florida, and he spent 10 years handling real estate development and finance matters with the U.S. EPA’s Office of Sustainable Communities in Washington, D.C. He is a recognized expert in urban retail, market analysis, economic development, and smart growth.

July Happy Hour
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CNU-DC will be hosting a happy hour on Wednesday, July 12th at Casta's Rum Bar! Happy hour will begin at 6pm, all are welcome!

 

Where:

Casta's Rum Bar

1121 New Hampshire Ave NW

When: 

Wednesday, July 12th

6pm-8pm

June PLACE IT! Workshop
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James Rojas from PLACE IT! will be in Washington DC doing a book talk and hands-on workshop on how to engage immigrants in urban planning and civic discourse on Thu. June 29, 2023 from 6-8 pm at Torti Gallas + Partners.

Come for the evening session to learn the power of hands-on, non-verbal community engagement. James Rojas developed this approach when he worked at LA Metro planning for the eastside Gold line. Many Latinos would not speak up so he decided to bring objects and let them build. By tapping into creativity, Rojas found that communities expressed so much information.

That was 15 years ago. Over 1,500 workshops across the US later, it has become a national model for community engagement.  

Refreshments will be provided at Torti Gal
las. If you are planning to attend in person, please register below:

Register Here

May 2023 Happy Hour
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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

 

Where:

Dacha Navy Yard

79 Potomac Ave SE, Washington, DC

When: 

Wednesday, May 24th

6pm-8pm


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.

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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. 

Schedule

March 31st

April 1st

 

April 2nd

5:30pm - 9:00pm

9:00am - 7:00pm

9:00am - 12:00pm

1:00pm - 6:00pm

Opening Remarks and Reception

Refreshments 

Urbanism/Density Presentations & Discussions

Breakfast & Lunch Provided

Washington DC: Height, Affordable Housing, & Development

Breakfast & Lunch Provided

Tour of Projects in DC by Local Architects

Location

Collection 14 - A Charter Award-Winning Building

1400 W Street NW

Washington, DC 20009

Directions

New Year, New Urbanism!
Happy Hour 1/25/23
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Check out Dhiru Thadani's pen and ink drawing exhibit
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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
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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.

Our City.

 

​Our Town.

 
2019 KEA Colloquium
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