Hamilton’s Resurgence – Urbanism on Tap Series


The next CNU Ontario Urbanism on Tap Series happens on September 11, 2015 with an timely focus on the resurgence taking place in Hamilton.

The location will be the Pheasant Plucker – Upstairs, 20 Augusta St. in Hamilton.  Everything kicks off at 6:30 p.m. for an informal mix and mingle. PechaKucha introductions by some of Hamilton’s key city builders begins at 7:00 p.m., followed by the Open Mic session at 7:30 p.m.

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Tactical Urbanism Event in Guelph


On August 1st a tactical urbanism “happening” will take place in the City of Guelph in an area of the city known as the Wilson Street underpass.  Masters of Landscape Architecture (MLA) students from the University of Guelph are planning a special tactical urbanism event in the underpass to tie in with the annual celebration of the city’s founder, John Galt, on the first of August.

The story of the underpass goes back 180 years to 1827 when Galt started plans to develop a market for locally grown produce.  The initial “Market House” didn’t last, but by 1851, merchants began to lobby for a new building.  After five ears the new Market House was built and that building eventually became what is now City Hall.  That development spurred the creating of the farmers’ market the residents of Guelph enjoy today.

The Wilson St. underpass was built to provide citizens access to the popular downtown area without having to cross the railroad tracks.  The underpass is known as a historical “gateway” to the city and is directly adjacent to both the Farmers’ Market and the Market Square.

MLA students feel that the historical gateway is underutilized as an urban space.  The students will be transforming the space into a promenade for community engagement during John Galt Day activities on August 1st.





Lynn Richards: The Business Case for Good Urbanism

Lynn Richards, Photo Credit: David Cooper

Lynn Richards, Photo Credit: David Cooper

As president and CEO of the Congress for the New Urbanism, Lynn Richards is a vocal advocate for the new urbanism and its positive impact on people and the environment. In this presentation Lynn makes The Business Case for Good Urbanism” offering quantifiable data on the value of a movement that is changing the way we live and appreciate our cities and communities.

Futureproofing our Cities for the Next Generation


Will the next generation force us to redefine the way in which we plan and design our communities?

The traditional notions of where we choose to live, how we travel, where and how we shop and how we choose to recreate is continually being challenged. What do our cities need to do to achieve resiliency for generations to come?

The mic is open – come join the conversation on June 16th! All our welcome to share perspectives on city building ideas related to the topic of futureproofing our cities.

Where: The Graduate House – Green Room (University of Waterloo, 200 University Ave. W., Waterloo, ON).

When: June 17, 2015

  • 6:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. – PechaKucha Presentations
  • 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. – Open Mic Session
  • 8:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. – Networking

Cost: $5.00 CNU/OPPI members; $10.00 non-members; $5.00 students

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New Urbanist Group Supports Removal of Gardiner

The Congress for the New Urbanism (CNU) has a strong history of advocacy for the design and building of sustainable and healthy cities across North America. CNU believes that replacing elevated urban freeways with surface streets, boulevards and avenues is the most cost-effective, sustainable option for cities with aging grade separated roads.

To implement this philosophy, CNU created the “Highways to Boulevards” and releases a biannual list of “Freeways without Futures” which identifies elevated highways across the globe that are in the most need of removal.  Toronto’s Gardiner Expressway is one of the few highways that has been named to the list in each of its four publications: 2008, 2010, 2012, and 2014.  For more information on CNU’s Highways to Boulevards initiative, please visit: https://www.cnu.org/highways.

CNU Ontario, the Provincial Chapter of CNU, supports this initiative.  Toronto now has the opportunity to remove a large section of this highway and make a lasting, positive impact on our core. CNU Ontario has just submitted a brief to the City of Toronto articulating in detail the group’s position.  The brief can be viewed here.

To arrange an interview, please contact CNU president, Adrian Cammaert at ontario@cnu.org.

CNU Ontario is the provincial Chapter of the Congress for the New Urbanism (CNU). CNU is North America’s foremost advocate for advanced urban design.

Join Your Peers at CNU23 in Dallas!

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This April, over 1500 architects, designers, planners, developers, and leading urban thinkers from the U.S. and Canada will gather in Dallas–Fort Worth, TX for the 23rd annual Congress for the New Urbanism: Meeting the Demand for Walkable Places. Over four days in the heart of North Texas, attendees will have the opportunity to connect and collaborate on strategies for building better places — from revitalizing historic downtowns to retrofitting sprawling suburbs for walkability. Neighborhood tours and hands-on workshops will explore current placemaking tactics and challenges in the context of the Dallas–Fort Worth region.

Discounted early-bird registration is available now through March 27th. Learn more about the event and register online at cnu23.org. To learn more about the Congress for the New Urbanism, visit cnu.org.


New Urbanism Accreditation Course Registration Opens

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CNU Ontario would like to advise our membership of a professional accreditation opportunity being offered by CNU-National. This accreditation program was designed to elevate the practice of implementing the principles of New Urbanism and to recognize a premier standard of professional excellence in the design of the built environment.

CNU has partnered with the University of Miami School of Architecture to administer the online exam, developed by leading new urbanist experts. Professionals can take the exam online during three scheduled access windows each year.

The University of Miami also offers a self-paced online course, titled The Principles and Practice of New Urbanism, which provides preparation for the exam but is not required for Accreditation.

Professionals who meet the requirements of accreditation are recognized as CNU-Accredited and are entitled to use the “CNU-A” credential. The accreditation credential can be used for business identification and reference criteria.

Benefits of Accreditation:

  • A marketable credential to employers and client
  • Listing on CNU Member Directory as CNU-Accredited
  • CNU-Accredited Professional Certificate

Please click here for more information and registration.

Upcoming University of Miami School of Architecture Course and Exam Dates

COURSE Session 15A:

  • Course Registration begins: Feb 17, 2015
  • Course Registration concludes: Mar 10, 2015
Course begins: March 12, 2015

EXAM Session 15A:

  • Exam Registration begins: Feb 17, 2015
  • Exam Registration concludes: Mar 10, 2015
  • Exam begins: May 21, 2015
Exam concludes: June 11, 2015

Open Mic Night on Winterizing our Cities


Have you ever wondered why people in some cities embrace winter, while people in other cities hibernate?

Come and join the conversation on how we can make Toronto a more winter-friendly city.  The mic is open for all to share their city building ideas…so come prepared!

When: January 22, 2015

Where: The Ossington, 61 Ossington Ave.


  • 6:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m – PechaKucha introductions by Toronto area planners, designers and architects – each providing different perspectives
  • 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. – Open Mic Session

Cost: $5.00 CNU and/or OPPI members; $10.00 non-members

Register online by Tuesday, January 20th, 2015 – click on button below to register NOW:



World Town Planning Day Presentation

Celebrate World Town Planning Day with a community presentation on new urbanism at the Newmarket Municipal Offices (395 Mulock Drive, Newmarket). Presentation is at 6:30 p.m. on November 10, 2014, but there will be a “Drop-in Open House” earlier in the day between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.  This event is presented by CNU Ontario and the Ontario Professional Planners Institute, and hosted by the Town of Newmarket.  See below for more details.

World Planning Day

CNU Ontario Reaches Out to Partners to Support Urban Design – Quality of Life Agenda


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Toronto – October 8, 2014 – The newly formed Ontario chapter of the Congress for the New Urbanism is taking steps to influence the development of Ontario’s cities. CNU Ontario – a sharply focused group of Ontario’s leading city planners, designers, developers and new urbanists – is mobilizing a responsive agenda to address the needs of Ontario’s cities and they are building their resources with the launch of a new sponsorship program.

“Our presence in Ontario offers an opportunity to provide an informed an amplified voice for urbanism across the province.  Our goal is to enhance the value and quality of urban life in Ontario and we are looking forward to building partnerships with organizations who share this vision. That partnership is the basis for our new sponsorship program,” says CNU president, Adrian Cammaert.

Companies who decide to become a CNU Ontario sponsor will gain increased visibility within Ontario’s influential development, planning & design communities.

Corporate sponsorship contributions will be used by CNU Ontario to offset the cost for

  • hosting social and educational events
  • bringing leading thought leaders on urban design and innovation to Ontario audiences
  • undertaking research and special projects that promote better urbanism in Ontario and the nation’s leading cities.

Details on the benefits offered to sponsors can be found on the CNU Ontario Sponsorship page.

To discuss sponsorship program details, please contact CNU Ontario Board member Eldon Theodore, MUDS, MCIP, RP, LEED AP at (905) 761-5588, ext. 213 or email etheodore@mhbcplan.com.