New Urbanism retreat at Chautauqua, Oct. 12-14


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A group of nationally prominent land use and built environment experts will join some regional professionals as presenters at a new urbanism “Retreat” to be held at the Chautauqua Institution the weekend of October 12 to October 14. The event is sponsored by the New York State Chapter of the Congress for the New Urbanism. The purpose of the Retreat is to familiarize public officials, planners, architects, transportation engineers and the general public about new urbanism and smart growth and how these movements can help cities, towns and villages in Upstate New York and the nearby Great Lakes areas of Southern Ontario, Northern Ohio, Western Pennsylvania and Southern Michigan. Attendees will also be asked to provide program and outreach suggestions for the national Congress for the New Urbanism to be held in Buffalo in June 2014.

Joining the Chautauqua program are: John Norquist, former mayor of Milwaukee and current executive director of the Congress for the New Urbanism; Mark Nickita, a professional architect and planner and mayor of the city of Birmingham, Michigan; Charles Marohn, a professional engineer from Baxter, Minnesota and creator of the popular  website; Victor Dover, an architect and planner from Coral Gables, FL and the immediate past president of the Congress for the New Urbanism; architect Ellen Dunham-Jones, director of the architecture program at Georgia Tech, co-author of “Retrofitting Suburbia” and the current president of the Congress for the New Urbanism; Laura Heery Prozes, an architect and planner who has been involved in regional planning in the Atlanta metropolitan region including development of a regional senior housing strategy; John Massengale and Gianni Longo, New York City-based architects; Jennifer Krouse, a placemaking strategist from North Adams, MA; Peter Fleischer, executive director of Empire State Future; Paul Beyer, Director of Smart Growth Planning for New York State; and Tom Brown and David Fields, transportation planners from New York City.

Included in the program are sessions on an Introduction to New Urbanism; Capitalizing on the Infrastructure of Rustbelt Cities, Towns and Villages; Town and Village Main Streets; State Government Role in Smart Growth Policy; Form-based Zoning; Streets and Parking; Housing for Seniors and Effective Public Participation. There will also be “how to” sessions for restoration of a building using historical tax credits, mixed-use in-fill development and a new detached home subdivision, and a session for land use and built environment-focused not-for-profit groups to engage with one another on their missions, operations and sources of funding.  The Retreat begins at noon on Friday and ends at noon on Sunday. Attendees will have ample time for interaction with one another and with the program presenters. Also included will be several opportunities to take a guided walk of the Chautauqua Institution with the Institution’s archivist and architectural control administrator.  Continuing education credits are expected to be available for architects, planners, and transportation professionals.

The event will take place at Chautauqua’s historic Athenaeum Hotel. Early registrants can take advantage of the off-season rates ($265 single, $165 per person double, including two nights of lodging, all meals and the conference fee). Those not staying at the hotel will pay a conference fee of $65 plus the cost of any meals. For more information and to register for the program go to

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 George Grasser   716-883-5070 (office)   716-480-4970 (cell)                                                               

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