The 28th annual Congress of the Congress for the New Urbanism (CNU) will be taking place in the Twin Cities on June 10–13, 2020.
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From Dinkytown to Lowertown, from Rondo to Beltrami, from Summit Hill to Linden Hills, Saint Paul and Minneapolis are cities of neighborhoods, graced by parks and lakes. Known for collaborative governance and diverse cultures, the Twin Cities vibrate with life and creativity. With the highest-rated parks and open space system in America, Minneapolis also has an energetic poetry and spoken-word community and eclectic music scene. Saint Paul offers a robust bike network, a treasure trove of historic architecture, and a warm welcome for new Americans alongside long-time residents. Both cities showcase the possibilities for great urbanism, including planning innovations, a vibrant public realm, and an ambitious push toward more transportation choices.
Our annual Congress, now in its twenty-eighth year, is CNU’s flagship event: the premiere national event on building better places. Each year, 1600+ attendees convene to hear from speakers, participate in workshops, collaborate on projects, and learn new strategies from leaders in dozens of fields. Outside the conference room, Congress attendees experience inspiring host cities like Louisville, Detroit, the Twin Cities, Dallas, and Buffalo, helping to place national issues in a unique and challenging local context.
Each Congress offers attendees the chance to experience and connect with an inspiring host region. Since its earliest days, the event has evolved towards greater immersion in local places, cultures, and issues—helping residents to understand the fascinating story of a unique metro region. Through scholarships, public events, and our Legacy Charrette program, the Congress also seeks to leave a legacy of understanding and a positive placemaking impact on its host city.
In sessions, attendees convene to hear from speakers, participate in workshops, collaborate on projects, and learn new strategies from leaders in dozens of fields. Our 100+ speakers and workshop leaders challenge attendees to broaden their thinking on design, development, engineering, health, equity, and climate, to name a few topics. Our Congress is the leading international gathering for the people and organizations building places people love.