September 19-21, 2014 – Seaside Academic Village, Florida – Women’s Workshop

Relax in sunny Florida and focus on health and wellness of mind, body, and spirit! The weekend will include lectures delivered by wellness professionals, exercise led by experienced instructors, and social activities. Sound like a refreshing weekend is in your future, ladies? Learn more about this retreat event here.

October 6-8, 2014 – Serenbe, Georgia – New Strategies and Techniques for Building Sustainable Communities

Learn the nuts and bolts of planning and building a walkable community where residential, retail and farming thrive. Discover how Serenbe’s unique features better conserve natural resources and provide greater financial returns for the developer and the home owner. This seminar will supply best practices for facts and figures. Lab sessions will provide a look at the amenities that make this a flourishing development that has enjoyed growth during the recession.

Experience old-fashioned hospitality at The Inn and enjoy meals at Serenbe’s three farm-to-table restaurants. Contact Phyllis Bleiweis through the following link (click on “Events”) for more information.


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CNU Atlanta T3: Urban Talk Featuring Dennis McConnell and David Butler

Thursday, August 21, 2014, 5:30-7:30pm

Location: Steel Restaurant

CNU founder Andres Duany has been to Atlanta to share his philosophy on “Lean Urbanism,” an effort to restore common sense to the process of urban development, entrepreneurism, and community engagement. The Lean Urbanism project is devising community-building tools to overcome onerous financial, bureaucratic, and regulatory processes that often frustrate urban developers.

On August 21, CNU Atlanta will host David Butler and Dennis McConnell, two local developers who have  faced – and overcome – the local hurdles to build high-quality single-family cottages in Atlanta’s Old Fourth Ward and Cabbagetown. These developers will discuss their challenges and successes along the way and answer the question: “Would you, could you, do it again?”

dmbJPEGDavid Butler is President of David Butler & Associates, Inc. (DBA), an Atlanta-based architectural practice founded in 1996.   DBA offers both commercial and residential design services, and has experience assembling and leading teams of consulting engineers for larger projects.  Their primary focus is sustainable building design. The recently completed Eden House on Moreland Avenue was certified LEED Gold and Earthcraft Gold and is also Energy Star qualified. Residential project experience includes historic district design and permitting, and commercial work exceeding 50,000 square feet includes mixed-use projects in Atlanta and College Park and office buildings in Peachtree City.  Other project types include restaurants, bakeries and multifamily buildings.

“Our design philosophy is that Architecture promotes health and well-being when art and technology are combined to produce a beautiful, functional building.”

David’s familiarity with zoning and the permit process has led to appointments on advisory boards related to city zoning and redevelopment goals such as the Westside Tax Allocation District Downtown Advisory Board and the Downtown Livability Code Advisory Board.  David is a past president of Castleberry Hill neighborhood and helped produce that community’s master plan and historic inventory, which contributed to the area’s designation as a Landmark Historic District.

Dennis McConnellDennis McConnell is President of Healthy House of Georgia LLC., a design build firm dedicated to producing allergen-free homes as certified by the American Lung Association. Healthy House also acts as a consultant to prospective homeowners and to other builders in producing allergen-free homes in the southeast. McConnell is also President of McConnell Homes, Inc., which designs and builds 5 to 10 homes a year in the Intown neighborhoods of Virginia Highland, Inman Park, Midtown, Grant Park, Druid Hills Candler Park, and Brookhaven. Most homes are Craftsman Style, designed to meet strict historic district criteria. A third-generation homebuilder with 48 years experience, McConnell has built or renovated over 400 homes in the City of Atlanta over the last 35 years from $60,000 to $1,900,000, all under energy efficiency programs. His Lampkin Street Cottages project – winner of the 2005 Atlanta Regional Commission’s Exceptional Merit Award for Contextual Sensitive Neighborhood Infill Design  Award – helped spur redevelopment of the Old Fourth Ward, one of Atlanta’s most sought-after intown neighborhoods.


CNU Atlanta T3: Urban Talk Featuring Dennis McConnell and David Butler

Thursday, August 21, 2014


Location: Steel Restaurant
950 West Peachtree Street, NW


Please walk or ride, but if you drive, park in the deck behind Publix

*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.


There will be NO July T3 . CNU Atlanta hopes you are enjoying your summer! Stay tuned for information regarding upcoming T3 events in the fall.

Friday, July 11
Join the discussion this Friday with Southface at the next Sustainable Atlanta RoundTable (SART) and talk about EPA’s recent proposal to reduce carbon emissions from power plants by 30 percent by 2030. Panelists include Air Protection Branch chief Keith Bentley of the Georgia Environmental Protection Division, policy advisor Kevin Kelly from Southface, and Mandy Mahoney , president of the Southeast Energy Efficiency Alliance.

Find out more and register here.

Friday, July 18
Pull up a chair (or a blanket?) as the Museum of Design Atlanta puts on a free screening of Citizen Architect: Samuel Mockbee and the Spirit of the Rural Studio at Atlantic Station‘s Central Park at dusk. Auburn’s Rural Studio, founded by Samuel Mockbee, is featured in MODA’s current exhibition Design for Social Impact, on view until Aug 3.

Admission is free! More info here.


CNU Atlanta hosted a special Tactical Urbanism T3* at Noni’s on Edgewood Avenue on June 19th.  Our special guests Mike Lydon, of the Street Plans Collaborative, Jason Roberts, of The Better Block, and Thomas Pacello, the City of Memphis Mayor’s Innovation Team were in town for the ARC’s Planning Academy and Living Beyond Expectations: Tactical Urbanism demonstration, which took place June 19th through the 22nd on Auburn Avenue. The Tactical Urbanism T3* at Noni’s was graciously sponsored by TSW.

Lydon, Roberts, and Pacello were kind enough to join the monthly CNU get-together after the academy to talk about what would be happening over the weekend and to inspire Atlanta urbanists to show up and get involved at the local level in similar efforts. Mike outlined some of the specific tactical urbanism interventions to be employed on Auburn Ave. Jason shared a bit about his background and explained how The Better Block got started.  He also invited everyone to attend CNU 23 in Dallas next year, where they can see the work of The Better Block in person. Tommy gave a brief overview of The Mayor’s Innovation Delivery Team and explained how their efforts are supported by Tactical Urbanism.

Below are a few pictures from the T3, taken by CNU Atlanta board member Terry Kearns. The whole set is here. More photos from Sweet Auburn Avenue Living Beyond Expectations Project Demonstration Day, can be found at the link here.

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(ABOVE) Thomas Pacello speaking to the group; (RIGHT) Mike Lydon saying a few words.















(LEFT) Jason Roberts toasting the event: (BELOW) TSW folks: Garrett Hyer, Adam Williamson, Ryan Snodgrass, Tom Walsh, Sarah McColley (slightly hidden) & Laura Richter

Thanks for joining us for a great event!

*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.


Join CNU Atlanta at Noni’s in the Old Fourth Ward, for a special T3* UrbanTalk featuring renowned Tactical Urbanism experts

This event is sponsored by TSW

In conjunction with:

ARC tactical urbanism

CNU Atlanta T3*: Urban Talk Featuring Mike Lydon and Jason Roberts

Thursday, June 19, 2014


Location: Noni’s Bar & Deli
357 Edgewood Ave SE, Atlanta, GA 30312

Sponsored by TSW

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This event is free of charge and open to the public. No registration necessary. Please join us for appetizers and conversation.

Noni’s is easily accesible via the King Memorial MARTA station

*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.

This CNU Atlanta T3 is separate from the main Tactical Urbanism events being offered by ARC on June 19th – 21st.

From ARC: Living Beyond Expectations is a tactical urbanism demonstration project being spearheaded by ARC as part of its Lifelong Communities initiative, with assistance from Team Better Block and noted planner, speaker, and writer Mike Lydon. From June 19-22, project leaders, stakeholders and volunteers will use short-term and low-cost methods to temporarily transform two blocks of Auburn Avenue in downtown Atlanta’s Old Fourth Ward/Sweet Auburn neighborhood into a model Lifelong Community. The model created through this project will serve as a tangible example of how communities can transform themselves into places for all ages.


Mid-June will be an exciting time for Tactical Urbanism in Atlanta, with trainings and demonstrations all on deck. Find out how you can learn about projects to make our city more livable and enjoyable!

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JUNE 19: Atlanta Regional Commission‘s Community Planning Academy is hosting a one-day workshop to overview the concept of Tactical Urbanism to reclaim spaces for other, better uses. Participants will then be invited to see this concept – and the resulting build-out and project demonstration over the following days – through the lens of older adults. Those in attendance will come away with a better understanding of this concept and how it will be implemented on the ground in concert with the Old 4th Ward community of Atlanta. Registration for the training workshop (plus more information) can be found here.

JUNE 19: After the training workshop, join CNU Atlanta for our monthly T3* Urban Talk at a new location and time: 4:30 – 7 PM at Noni’s (357 Edgewood Ave.). This social gathering will feature Mike Lydon, internationally recognized planner and expert in the field of Tactical Urbanism, speaking about the ARC’s Tactical Urbanism Planning Academy and the Sweet Auburn Living Beyond Expectations Tactical Urbanism Event.  Please join us over drinks to discuss Tactical Urbanism, the ARC’s Living Beyond Expectations, chapter happenings, and other local topics on urbanism.

JUNE 20-22: Over the course of three days, from Friday, June 20, through Sunday, June 22, ARC will work with stakeholders and volunteers to temporarily transform Auburn Avenue between Fort Street NE and Jackson Street NE using inexpensive or donated materials and engaging programming. Join the group for a series of free Living Laboratory and Tactical Urbanism Workshops as part of the project Build-Out on Friday, June 20th. Build-Out day activities will provide hands-on instruction in site clean-up and preparation, bike lane construction/enhancement, pallet furniture construction, street art demonstrations and more. A detailed list of Build-Out day workshops will be emailed to interested participants in advance of the event. After the Build-Out on Friday June 20th, the project will be open to the public Saturday June 21st and Sunday June 22nd. For more information on the Demonstration Project, please visit the Facebook page (photo below from the Facebook page).

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Living Beyond Expectations is a project of the Atlanta Regional Commission’s Lifelong Communities Initiative. The 21st century offers the promise of longevity, allowing us to live longer than ever before. But, for the promise to be realized, communities must become places where people remain healthy and engaged throughout their lifetime. That means we will need more choices for housing and transportation, better strategies for maintaining health and expanded access to services. Working together, citizens, government, businesses and philanthropic organizations can realize the promise of longevity and create, throughout the Atlanta region, Lifelong Communities that allow us to live life “Beyond Expectations.”

*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 & health professionals, and all others who are interested in our built environment.

The Lodge

The Lodge, Buffalo, will host the CNU22 Atlanta chapter meet-up

Are you headed to CNU22 in Buffalo this week?

Join your fellow Atlanta urbanists and meet others from around the country at our local chapter meet-up at the national congress. We hope to see you there.

WHEN: Friday, June 6, 7:30 PM
WHERE: The Lodge Bar+Grill
79 West Chippewa
Buffalo, New York 14202
(We will be sharing the space with the Texas chapter meet-ups)
COST: $15, cash or check, gets you 2 drink tickets and some snacks
RSVP: Please email and/or by June 7



The Frederick Law Olmsted Symposium will gather leading experts in Atlanta June 2, 2014, for a discussion of the latest research and practice in sustainable urban infrastructure.

 The symposium is a celebration of the new Olmsted endowed faculty position in Georgia Tech’s School of Civil and Environmental Engineering, and the event is the official beginning of the search for an educator and researcher to fill this unique position. Speakers will link Olmsted’s ideas and designs to the current challenges facing our urban landscapes, covering urban ecology, transportation, public policy and the built environment’s impact on public health.

 The event is presented by Reginald DesRoches, Ph.D., chair of the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering in Georgia Tech’s College of Engineering, and Ellen Dunham-Jones, AIA, professor of Architecture and Urban Design and MSUD Coordinator in Tech’s College of Architecture. Speakers include Richard Jackson, professor and chair of Environmental Health and Science at the University of California, Los Angeles Fielding School of Public Health; Howard Frumkin, dean of the School of Public Health at the University of Washington; Diane Davis, professor of Urbanism and Development at Harvard University; Frederick Steiner, dean of the School of Architecture at the University of Texas at Austin; Lynn Richards, president and chief executive officer of Congress for the New Urbanism; and Elizabeth Macdonald, associate professor of Urban Design at the University of California, Berkeley.

 More information and registration for the Olmsted Symposium is available here:




Thanks to Terry, Darin, Mike, and Conor for participating in a lively discussion about all things Atlanta and blogging this past Thursday, May 15 at our May T3.  We talked about favorite neighborhoods and buildings (as well as least favorites), great things happening in Atlanta, creativity in blogging, and ways to seek new audiences. If you have more questions for these social media-connected guys, check out their blogs or find them on Twitter!

Photos from the event can be found here. Thanks to Steel Restaurant for the great location and to those of you for joining the conversation if you were there! Search the Twitter hashtag #CNUATLT3 for more.

Just a reminder that photos from our spring workshop in March, Lean Urbanism with Andres Duany, are also available for viewing here. We had over 150 attendees to hear Andres Duany speak, and then followed up after lunch with a panel discussion featuring Gene KansasDon BenderEric Kronberg, Jay Tribby, PhD (Chief of Staff to Atlanta District 2 City Council member Kwanza Hall), and Ted Bradford (Chief of Staff to Atlanta District 5 City Council member Natalyn Archibong), among others.  The Twitter conversation that day was very active and can be searched under the hashtag #LeanATL.


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Well, it won’t really be that much of a smackdown, but the gloves are off as we find out who’s behind some of the coolest urbanism & architecture blogs in Atlanta. Join us for our May T3* and meet the guys behind ATL Urbanist (Darin Givens), Architecture Tourist (Terry Kearns), History Atlanta (Conor Lee) and New Urban Roswell (Mike Hadden).

Have some questions? Ask away on our Facebook event page here. We’ll use the Twitter hashtag #CNUATLT3 during the event!

CNU Atlanta T3: Urban Talk  Featuring Atlanta Bloggers

Thursday, May 15, 2014


Location: Steel Restaurant
950 West Peachtree Street, NW


Please walk or ride, but if you drive, park in the deck behind Publix

*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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