Savannah, GA (CNU)



Charles Marohn will lead a variety of events at the 26th Congress for the New Urbanism including a presentation, several live podcast interviews and an interactive debate.

Core Presentation (May 16)

Time: 1 - 2:30 pm

Location: Savannah Theater (222 Bull St)

Mr. Marohn's presentation, entitled "Building Economically Resilient Communities: A Strong Towns Approach," explains in plain language, how so many American cities have found themselves in decline after decades of “growth.” The problem lies in the current model of development — one which values short-term gains over long-term prosperity. To strengthen our cities and ensure their economic success, we must look to traditional ways of building cities. In this presentation, Marohn will explain how active citizens, local officials and design professionals can change the negative trajectory in their towns and help them to become more resilient — no matter what challenges lie ahead.

Strong Towns Meet-Up (May 16)

Time: 8:30 - 10:30pm

Location: Top Deck Bar (125 W River St ) 

Join Chuck Marohn and other Strong Towns members and friends for a casual gathering. This location is stop #2 on the CNU NextGen Bar Crawl so feel free to drop in any time. 

Live Podcast Recordings (May 16-18)

Location: DeSoto Hotel - Madison Ballroom (15 E Liberty)

Chuck Marohn will be hosting live podcast recordings with key speakers from the Congress to discuss some of the most important questions facing new urbanists today. Stop by any time to see the podcast in action and to hear engaging conversations outside the realm of the typical presentation or workshop. At the end of each session, attendees will have the chance to ask their own questions of the speaker.

Wednesday, May 16

Why is it so hard to get things built?
Time: 2:30 - 3:45pm
Guests: R. John Anderson, Monte Anderson

A Critical Look at the CNU Host City: Savannah
Time: 3:45 - 5:00pm
Guests: Andres Duany, Kevin Klinkenberg

Thursday, May 17

Absolution, CNU and the Changing American City
Time: 9:30am - 10:45am
Guests: David Rau, Steve Mouzon

Autonomous Vehicles: Separating the Hype from Reality
Time: 11am - 12:15pm
Guests: Jeffrey Tumlin, Corey Ershow

From Vision to Policy, Making New Urbanism Work
Time: 2 - 3:15pm
Guests: Susan Henderson, Hazel Borys, Marina Khoury

Young People and CNU
Time: 3:30 - 4:45pm
Guests: Andrew Rodriguez, Sophie Hicks, Dan Baisden, Mason Wallace

Friday, May 18

An Open Chat with Urban3
Time: 9:30am - 10:45am
Guests: Joe Minicozzi, Josh McCarty

How relevant is localism in an age of urgency?
Time: 11am - 12:15pm
Guests: Ben Brown, Scott Doyon

Suburban Poverty Meets Sprawl Retrofit
Time: 1:30 - 2:45pm
Guests: June Williamson, Dan Reed, Galina Tachieva

Debates (May 18)

Time: 8 - 9:30pm

Location: Knights of Columbus, Council 631 Hall (3 West Liberty Street)

Loud music: check. Audience voting: check. Snarky panel: check. Oh, and beer. A hardcore mashup of Oxford Debating meets American Idol. This year's judges are Andres Duany, Kate Durio and R. John Anderson, and the topics to be debated are:

  1. CNU would benefit America's cities the most by focusing its efforts towards changing federal policy.
  2. The challenges our cities face are too great, and too critical, for us to shun megaprojects.

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