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The Urbanism Summit is CNU-NE’s premier event dedicated to building better places.

The Urbanism Summit draws hundreds of urbanism advocates to hear from speakers, participate in workshops, collaborate on projects, and learn new strategies from leaders in dozens of fields. We're busy building a full slate of featured regional and national speakers to share on this year's topic, City Learning: How Our Cities and Towns Learn From Each Other. We'll share more about the Urbanism Summit in January 2018.

We can't wait to see you there!

 
 

 

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New England cities and towns have a lot in common - and a lot to learn from one another.  For the 2018 Urbanism Summit, CNU-NE will bring together hundreds of urbanists to examine the common challenges and unique solutions to building better places across New England.


 
 
 

We are currently looking for volunteers for audio-visual and day-of tasks either on a half-day or full-day basis. Volunteers are offered a guest pass available on a first-come, first-serve basis. If you are interested, please email us at admin@cnunewengland.org

 

PAST SUMMITS

 
 

2016 | PROVIDENCE, R.I. | GETTING IT BUILT: CONNECTING INGENUITY TO OPPORTUNITY

Our focus for the 2016 Urbanism Summit was on getting stuff done — especially small projects. In the time it takes a big project to attract the right investors and earn the needed approvals, a small project can get built and can start to work its magic, bringing new life to its neighborhood and accelerating the pace of reinvestment and revitalization.

 

2014 | SOMERVILLE, MA | A TOOLKIT FOR VIBRANT NEIGHBORHOODS

The 2014 Urbanism Summit worked to build more resilient, livable neighborhoods throughout New England. The Summit aimed to prepare attendees to take the next steps in creating better neighborhoods in their communities by building a tool kit for: engaging participants through civic engagement, shaping the physical neighborhood, and changing processes for how projects are planned and built.

 

2011 | NEW HAVEN, CT | ADDRESSING CLIMATE CHANGE IN NEW ENGLAND

The 2011 Urbanism Summit aimed to inspire and connect professionals, public servants, academics and citizens, to create a larger Urbanism campaign. New England has the physical framework to become a model for sustainable urbanism at every scale. Healthy and complete town centers are one of the most comprehensive solutions to climate change. Building on this assumption, Summit speakers addressed the critical challenges facing our towns.