J. Candler Vinson, CNU Atlanta Program Manager

J. Candler Vinson, CNU Atlanta Program Manager

CNU Atlanta is proud to introduce J. Candler Vinson as the newest member of the CNU Atlanta Chapter team. As the chapter’s Program Manager, Candler will assist in communications, social media, event coordination, and more. Candler is an Atlanta native, a writer, an Emory alumnus, and an environmentalist (yes, one of those). He is passionate about studying urban development, climate change, technology, agriculture, gentrification, public health, and how they intersect in modern cities.

After graduating from Emory University in 2013 with a degree in Environmental Studies and Sustainability, Candler worked for multiple environmental and sustainability-oriented organizations, including Emory’s Office of Sustainability Initiatives, the Southeast Energy Efficiency Alliance, Environment Georgia, and the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce (Clean Tech division). Candler also reported for the Urban Times on all things urban development, transportation, environmental policy, and climate change before starting his own blog earlier this year, The Suburban City, to focus on Atlanta.

Candler has a keen eye for the details and crafting stories that don’t just examine issues, but explore the underlying contexts in which those issues exist. As an undergraduate at Emory, he studied Atlanta’s history of transit and racial inequality as a basis for deeper understanding of Atlanta’s failed T-SPLOST in 2012. He has since explored the rise of the modern American streetcar, examined sustainable agriculture in Atlanta’s West End, and, most recently, met the man behind MARTA’s Instagram marketing strategy.

With Candler on board, CNU Atlanta will now have the ability to enhance the pursuit of its mission to promote walkable, neighborhood-based development as an alternative to sprawl.

Don’t be shy if you run into Candler at our next T3 or a coffee shop around town!

 
The 2014 NTBA Fall Roundtable was hosted by LeylandAlliance LLC at its Storrs Center project in Storrs, CT.

The 2014 NTBA Fall Roundtable was hosted by LeylandAlliance LLC at its Storrs Center project in Storrs, CT.

The National Town Builders’ Association (NTBA) is heading to the Peach State for the 2015 Fall Roundtable, scheduled to take place from Friday afternoon, October 16 through Sunday morning, October 18 in Atlanta, Georgia.  “The Politics and Process of Adaptive Reuse” and “The Power of Good Design” are the topics for the Roundtable, hosted by NTBA Member and Eastmore developer David Roper and Jackie Benson, one of the NTBA’s founding members.

During the Fall Roundtable, David and Jackie will be joined by some of Atlanta’s most respected urban developers and placemaking authorities as they present the back story of some surprising and fascinating projects, including Ponce City MarketHistoric Fourth Ward Park, and the Atlanta Beltline, among others.

Educational presentations will take place at the host hotel, the Hyatt Atlanta Midtown Hotel, and charter bus transportation will be provided to the East and West sides of Atlanta for walking tours of the subject urban neighborhoods.

Registration will be available soon.  In the meantime, please mark your calendars and stay tuned for good things to come.

Questions?  Contact NTBA Director Monica V. Johnson at info@ntba.net or call 914-715-5576.

http://ntba.net/newsletter/

 

cdcA wide array of tools exists for measuring different features of the built environment, many of them well validated. These existing tools fall into three categories: 1) interview or self-administered questionnaires which primarily measure perceptions, 2) tools that collect archival (existing) data, often using GIS, and 3) systematic observation or audit tools. It is often difficult for local program staff and evaluators to know which features of the built environment are most important to measure on the basis of the health behaviors and outcomes they are trying to affect. It is also difficult to know which tool(s) to choose to most accurately and feasibly assess those features.

The Built Environment Assessment Tool (BE Tool) (an adaptation of MAPS) was designed to alleviate some of the challenges posed by the significant number of narrowly focused tools aimed at only one activity (walking), one subpopulation (older adults), or one public health area (inactivity). It was created as a collaborative enterprise across multiple areas of public health – health promotion, injury prevention, environmental health, etc. It is a direct systematic observation data collection instrument for measuring the core features and quality of the built environment related to behaviors that affect health, especially behaviors such as walking, biking, and other types of physical activity. There are many aspects of the built environment. The built environment includes the buildings, roads, sidewalks, utilities, homes, transit, fixtures, parks and all other man-made entities that form the physical characteristics of a community. The built environment can impact human health by affecting rates of physical activity, air pollutants such as ozone and particulate matter that can exacerbate asthma and respiratory disease, and emissions of carbon dioxide that contributes to climate change.

The BE Tool was not designed to assess every aspect of the built environment. Rather the tool assesses a core set of features agreed upon by subject matter experts to be most relevant. The core features assessed in the BE Tool include: built environment infrastructure (e.g., road type, curb cuts/ramps, intersections/crosswalks, traffic control, transportation), walkability (e.g. sidewalk/path features, walking safety, aesthetics & amenities), bikeability (e.g., bicycle lane/path features), recreational sites and structures, and the food environment (e.g., access to grocery stores, convenience stores, farmers markets, etc.). Additional questions or modules could be added by users if more detail about an aspect of the built environment, such as the nutrition environment or pedestrian environment, is desired.

http://www.cdc.gov/nccdphp/dch/built-environment-assessment/

CDC Release

 

 

KW picCome hear Eric Kronberg of Kronberg Wall Architects discuss how placemaking and incremental urbanism can help build strong communities at KWA’s new office in the recently renovated Bearden Temple AME Church in Reynoldstown.

Kronberg Wall Architects have been investigating placemaking and intown redevelopment in projects in Atlanta and around the country for over a decade. Their new office in historic Reynoldstown is a clear example of their mission to strengthen local communities through thoughtful design and development.

The Bearden Temple AME Church, originally constructed in 1922, was for decades a beacon of local culture, communication, and creativity; by redeveloping the building while maintaining its distinctive architectural features KWA hopes to spur a new era of creative energy in the building while celebrating its unique history.

PLEASE MAKE NOTE of the special location of this T3.

                                      

                                      August T3: A Discussion on Conscious Urban Placemaking

WHENThursday, August 20, 2015 from 5:30-7:30pm

WHERE:  Kronberg Wall Architects office in Reynoldstown, 887 Wylie Street, Atlanta, GA 30307

A 10 minute walk from the Inman Park/Reynoldstown MARTA Station

This event is FREE and open to the public. Membership in CNU Atlanta is not required to attend.

T3  (Thirsty Third Thursdays) is a monthly gathering organized by the Atlanta Chapter of the Congress for the New Urbanism (CNU Atlanta) for anyone interested in our built environment.

 

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For our July T3* CNU Atlanta is happy to partner with Young Professionals in Transportation Atlanta. Come hear about the State Farm at Park Center project in Dunwoody, Georgia. Could this new transit oriented development change the way we think about the suburbs? Representatives from the developer KDC as well as Bill Halter from architect Cooper Carry will provide a general project overview followed by details on the transportation components of the study.

THIS EVENT IS FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. Membership is not required to attend.

Convenient to the Midtown MARTA station, and parking also available in the Publix deck.

*T3 (Thirsty Third Thursdays) is a monthly gathering organized by the Atlanta Chapter of the Congress for the New Urbanism (CNU Atlanta) for architects, planners, real estate professionals and all others who are interested in our built environment.

 

CNU June T3: Ponce City Market & Sustainability

WHEN :: Thursday, June 18 from 5:30-7:30pm

WHERE :: Steel Restaurant & Lounge
Plaza Midtown – 950 W. Peachtree St. Suite 255 – Atlanta, GA 30309
Convenient to the Midtown MARTA station, and parking also available in the Publix deck.

Come hear about how Ponce City Market is not only one of the largest development projects in Atlanta right now – it’s also one of the most sustainable.

Jodi Mansbach, Jamestown VP for Development and Construction/Sustainability, will join us to talk about the many sustainable features of PCM including three LEED certifications that are being pursued simultaneously. Learn about the challenges and successes they have experienced while working on this historic adaptive use project.

THIS EVENT IS FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. Membership is not required to attend.

*T3 (Thirsty Third Thursdays) is a monthly gathering organized by the Atlanta Chapter of the Congress for the New Urbanism (CNU Atlanta) for architects, planners, real estate professionals and all others who are interested in our built environment.

 

CNU Atlanta’s April T3 featured Eric Kronberg of Kronberg Wall Architects, who led a discussion of how placemaking and parking requirements interact and influence outcomes. Heather Alhadeff from Center Forward also shared effective ways to communicate these beguiling issues so they are judged by merits not emotion.

Speakers Eric Kronberg of Kronberg Wall Architects and Heather Alhadeff from Center Forward.

Speakers Eric Kronberg of Kronberg Wall Architects and Heather Alhadeff from Center Forward.

 

April T3 crowd

April T3 crowd

Kronberg Wall  followed up on their presentation with a series of blogposts available here:

A video of the full April T3 presentation is available below:

 
Image: https://www.flickr.com/photos/terrarandom/

Image: https://www.flickr.com/photos/terrarandom/

 Five Years after CNU18: A Healthier Atlanta, Y’all?

WHEN :: Thursday, May 21 from 5:30-7:30pm

WHERE :: Steel Restaurant & Lounge
Plaza Midtown – 950 W. Peachtree St. Suite 255 – Atlanta, GA 30309
Convenient to the Midtown MARTA station, and parking also available in the Publix deck.

On May 19-22, 2010, The Congress for the New Urbanism’s 18th Annual Congress, themed “New Urbanism: Rx for Healthy Places,” was held in Atlanta. In the five years since CNU18, has Atlanta seen a movement towards fostering the design and development of communities that encourage healthy behaviors, quality of life, and social connectedness?

CNU18 local host committee chair Ellen Dunham-Jones with Georgia Tech, Arthur Wendel with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Tom Weyandt, formerly with the Atlanta Regional Commission and now with the City of Atlanta will share their perspectives.  And we look forward to a lively discussion from the floor!  Please join us and share your thoughts.

THIS EVENT IS FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. Membership is not required to attend.

CNU 18 video pic

Click for CNU18 promotional video

*T3 (Thirsty Third Thursdays) is a monthly gathering organized by the Atlanta Chapter of the Congress for the New Urbanism (CNU Atlanta) for architects, planners, real estate professionals and all others who are interested in our built environment.

 

Why I Walk Poster FINALCLICK HERE TO REGISTER

Please join us on Wednesday, June 10, 2015 for CNU Atlanta’s first summer luncheon, which will feature a presentation entitled “The Rise of the Walking and Biking Culture” featuring Kevin Klinkenberg, author of “Why I Walk: Taking A Step in the Right Direction.”

Following Kevin’s presentation we will hear from Sally Flocks, President and CEO of PEDS, an advocacy group committed to making the Atlanta region safe and accessible to all pedestrians, and from Jim Durrett, Executive Director of the Buckhead Community Improvement District and an avid bicyclist.  A Q&A will follow.

A Cappella Books will be on hand and so you will be able to purchase and get copies of Kevin’s book signed.  This topic will be of interest if you are in an advocacy position, involved in development, are a layperson who enjoys walking, and/or a new urbanist.

WHEN:  Wednesday, June 10, 2014 – 11:30 am to 1:30pm

WHERE:  The Shed at Glenwood (475 Bill Kennedy Way, SE, Atlanta, GA 30316)

TICKET AMOUNT:  $38 per individual

REGISTRATION:  Registration is limited to 70 people and will close at MIDNIGHT on Monday, June 1st.  NO day-of walk-ups will be possible.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

Please contact us immediately at atlanta@cnu.org if you have any dietary restrictions we should know about in advance of the event.

 

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CNU Atlanta April T3: Placemaking vs. Parking

WHEN :: Thursday, April 16th from 5:30-7:30pm

WHERE :: Steel Restaurant & Lounge
Plaza Midtown – 950 W. Peachtree St. Suite 255 – Atlanta, GA 30309
Convenient to the Midtown MARTA station, and parking also available in the Publix deck.

Eric Kronberg of Kronberg Wall Architects will lead a discussion of how placemaking and parking requirements interact and influence outcomes.  Using the recently completed, award-winning New Orleans Jazz Market project as a comparative example, Eric will discuss cultural and perceptional differences in parking expectations in New Orleans versus Atlanta.

Heather Alhadeff from Center Forward will not only discuss parking reduction strategies and circulation fears, but she will also share effective ways to communicate these beguiling issues so they are judged by merits not emotion.

THIS EVENT IS FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. Membership is not required to attend.

*T3 (Thirsty Third Thursdays) is a monthly gathering organized by the Atlanta Chapter of the Congress for the New Urbanism (CNU Atlanta) for architects, planners, real estate professionals and all others who are interested in our built environment.

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