This page lists upcoming events that are either sponsored by CNU or its chapters, or by partner organizations whose work aligns with CNU's goals. If you'd like to post an event on CNU's Events page, please contact

  • CNU Midwest General Meeting

    Saturday, March 23, 2019 at 01:00 PM
    Norton Commons in Louisville, KY
  • Enabling Better Places: Zoning Reform for a Stronger Main Street

    About: This session will introduce Enabling Better Places: Users Guide to Zoning Reform, a tool developed for small- and mid-sized towns seeking to enable better investment in their main streets. Most of today's zoning codes hamper the ability to (re)create walkable and vibrant streets and neighborhoods, yet complete new zoning codes can be insurmountably expensive and time-consuming to produce and enact. This session will provide a walk-through of basic code adjustments intended for communities interested in making small, step-by-step changes to their local zoning codes, specifically focusing on the main street condition.

    Speakers: Mallory Baches, Susan Henderson, Mary Madden and Richard Murphy.

    For more details about the session click here.

    Registration: This event will be taking place at the Main Street Now 2019 conference in Seattle, Washington. For more information about the conference and how to register, visit the Main Street Now 2019 website below. 

    Main Street Now 2019

    Monday, March 25, 2019 at 09:30 AM
    Hyatt Regency Seattle in Seattle , WA
  • The Black Urbanist March Happy Hour

    About: Join Kristen Jeffers and the growing The Black Urbanist team, for the second of her monthly happy hours in D.C. at HalfSmoke on Florida Avenue right off the U Street Corridor in Shaw. Come and kick back with Kristen and Co. while we all enjoy supporting the titular food item and maybe an adult shake. In addition to the full menu available at cost, you’ll be able to register for Kristen’s upcoming How to Communicate in the Modern World Workshops, pledge a monthly amount to The Black Urbanist Patreon (or do a one-time donation), talk about how our region could be better and play Monopoly the right way. You know, the one that only takes an hour and a half, but requires you to be quick on your feet.

    The winner will leave with a The Black Urbanist prize pack.

    HalfSmoke's official happy hour is from 4-8 pm and our Monopoly games will kick off right around 7:15.

    When: Tuesday, March 26th 2019, 6:00pm-9:00pm

    Where: HalfSmoke, 651 Florida Avenue Northwest, Washington, DC 20001

    To register, click here.

    Tuesday, March 26, 2019 at 06:00 PM
    HalfSmoke in Washington, DC
  • Placemaking Conference 2019

    About: The Placemaking Conference is a biennial event inviting students, advocates, professionals, and civic leaders to learn from leading experts on topics and techniques in community development. The event is held at the University of Oklahoma in Norman, and has drawn attendees from sixty Oklahoma counties and 14 states.

    Placemaking in Action echoes the Christopher C. Gibbs College of Architecture mantra of “Design in Action.” The design of the built environment is of critical importance to the challenges facing our region. We act with community members to create places that empower people to advance the social, economic, and environmental well-being of their towns and cities.

    When: Monday, April 1st 2019

    Where: The University of Oklahoma – Norman

    500 W Boyd St, Norman, OK 73069

    For more details and to register, click here.

    Monday, April 01, 2019 at 08:30 AM
  • An Evening with Lynn Richards

    Date: Wednesday, April 17th 2019

    Time: 6:30pm 

    About: Join this FREE event with Lynn Richards for a discussion about CNU and learn how our Treasure Coast region can benefit from being a member of CNU. 

    Refreshments will be served. 

    Meet next door at 501 Fern St. Suite 104 for happy hour at 5:30pm. 

    Meet and Greet with Lynn at 6:00pm 

    Wednesday, April 17, 2019 at 06:30 PM
    Related Office in West Palm Beach , FL
  • Art of the Napkin Sketch

    About: The Art of the Napkin Sketch is an instructor-led workshop that will teach you how to turn your creative ideas into quick-drawn graphics that can be shared on the fly. Through hands-on drawing exercises, you’ll learn to see like an artist with an introduction to sketching and perspective. Then you’ll learn to draw like a designer with techniques of the trade. Our step-by-step instruction will ensure that you leave the workshop with new skills, new confidence in your drawing abilities, and a napkin sketch that someone (other than your mom) can be proud of.

    The skills taught in this workshop will be useful for planners who need to quickly communicate various planning and urban design concepts, such as scale, building arrangement, building disposition, and the relationships between the public and private realms.

    Tickets are limited.

    CNU and APA members receive 10% off with promo code CNU_Member. CNU membership is free for students. Visit for more information.

    (1.5 AICP CM Credits Pending)

    When: Thursday, April 25th from 6:30pm-8:00pm

    Where: Amtrak Community Room, 918 Railroad Avenue, Tallahassee, FL 32310

    Purchase your ticket


    Thursday, April 25, 2019 at 06:30 PM
    Amtrak Community Room in Tallahassee, FL
  • Imagining a More Livable Niagara Falls

    The City of Niagara Falls and the New York Chapter of the Congress for the New Urbanism presents: 

    Imagining a More Livable Niagara Falls: Exploring Solutions for the Future of the City 

    About: The program will span six Thursday evenings in May and June. Each program will cover a different topic. 

    • May 2nd - Setting the Goals
    • May 9th - Better Mobility for Everyone
    • May 16th - Housing for Everyone
    • May 23rd - Making Better Places
    • May 30th - Government and Developers Working Together
    • June 6th - A Community Conversation About the Future

    Some dates will feature community walks or visits to development sites prior to the evening program 

    When & Where: All programs are at 6:00pm at the Niagara Falls Train Station

    For more information, click here.

    Thursday, May 02, 2019 at 06:00 PM
    Niagara Falls Train Station in Niagara Falls, NY
  • CityBuilding Express

    About: The CityBuilding Express (CBX) is taking learning on the road June 8 - 11 with an intensive tour of over 20 innovative neighborhoods/developments that highlight CityBuilding best practices and how to implement them— with the assistance from local experts and leading practitioners who will be on the tour with you. After visiting each city, the participants will discuss and identify the lessons to learn from each place as we head to the next city. This is the perfect hands-on learning environment for community leaders wanting to enhance their knowledge of how to improve their city in a compressed amount of time.

    Itinerary: The CBX will start in Oklahoma City and speed its way to CNU 27 in Louisville with stops in Carlton Landing, NW Arkansas, Kansas City, St. Louis, Terre Haute, Indianapolis, Columbus (IN) and Louisville.

    When: June 8th-11th 2019

    Registration is currently full, but you can sign up for the Wait List below

    For more information, click here.


    Saturday, June 08, 2019 at 08:00 AM through June 11, 2019
  • 56th International Making Cities Livable Conference

    56th International Making Cities Livable Conference and Design Awards Competition on: A Healthy City for ALL

    About: The Program Includes: Tours and Mobile Workshops (June 17 & 21); Welcome Reception (June 17); Plenary and concurrent sessions (June 18-20); Conference Luncheon (June 18); Social events, reception (June 20); Workshops (June 19-21); and Discussion Dinner/Awards Ceremony (June 19). 

    When: June 17th – 21st, 2019

    Where: Sentinel Hotel, Portland, Oregon 

    For more information, click here.

    To register, click here.

    Monday, June 17, 2019 at 01:00 PM through June 21, 2019
    Sentinel Hotel in Portland, OR
  • Urban Retail: Best Practices for Downtowns and New Town Centers

    About: Now in its twenty-third year, this fast-paced program is one of Harvard’s most popular and longest running executive education urban planning and real estate classes. The session examines the proven planning approaches, retail design and merchandising principles necessary for the creation urban retail in cities and new town centers. This includes tactics used by leading retail developers and considers how they can be applied to a variety of urban settings. Retailing—the exchange of goods, services, and experiences—is in the midst of change unprecedented in modern times. The class includes numerous guest speakers who have managed or developed some of the most successful and innovative cities and Post-War walkable town centers.


    Robert Gibbs, AICP, ASLA Gibbs Planning, MI

    Terry Shook, Shook-Kelley, NC

    Bobby Boone, Detroit Economic Growth Corp., MI

    Andrew Gibbs, CFA, Stultz Real Estate, PA

    Louis Marquet, Leyland Alliance, Tuxedo Park, NY

    Eldon Scott: Urban Space, NY, NY

    David Williams, AIA, Caruso Centers, Los Angeles, CA

    When: June 24-26, 2019

    Where: Harvard University Campus

    To register, click here.

    Monday, June 24, 2019 at 12:00 PM through June 26, 2019
    Harvard University Campus in Cambridge, MA