Arapahoe Square Walkabout, Saturday, July 29th: 10am-Noon

From Parking Lots to Hip Urban Spots!
On Saturday, July 29th, 10am-Noon, CNU Colorado will host a Walking Tour of the Arapahoe Square Neighborhood! Come explore the new pop-up park The Square at 21st and learn about  the new exciting development in Arapahoe Square, as well as what to expect in future development with the newly adopted zoning and design guidelines! This tour will end with a very special insider preview of Wonderbound’s upcoming show Unbound Baroque! DO NOT MISS THIS FREE EVENT!

  • 10am – meet at 21st & Lawrence “gateway”
  • 10-10:30am – The Square at 21st (Steve Chester – Community Planning & Development);
    5280 Loop (Adam Perkins – Downtown Denver Partnership); and
    Arapahoe Square Zoning and Design Guidelines (Dick Farley – Richard Farley Urban Design)
  • 10:30-11:15am – Arapahoe Square Walkabout (Ryan Dravitz – Denver Infill Blog);
  • 11:15-Noon– Wonderbound – Dress Rehearsal of Unbound Baroque



Congress for the New Urbanism Accreditation

The Congress for the New Urbanism offers a professional accreditation program for individuals seeking an in-depth understating of the attributes of human-scaled urban design. Congress for the New Urbanism Accredited (CNU-A) professionals are informed advocates on behalf of the Charter of the New Urbanism and the principles it stands for at the regional, neighborhood, and block level.

The CNU accreditation program was initiated in 2008 in partnership with the University of Miami School of Architecture. The goals of the program are to “spread and elevate our best practices; recognize the talent and commitment on display within the movement to create walkable, sustainable places; and establish New Urbanism as the standard for leaders working to build better places.” Earning the credential is a tangible demonstration to your colleagues, employer, and clients of your knowledge and dedication to improving the built environment through the practice of new urbanism.

To help prepare for the accreditation exam, candidates may choose to take the online course The Principles and Practice of New Urbanism, which is administered by the University of Miami. The course is not a requirement to take the exam, however. In 2017, the course is scheduled to be offered during the dates below. Exam dates coincide with the end of each course.

Course Dates                                                     Exam Dates

January 26 – April 20                                     April 6 -20

May 18 – August 10                                         July 27 – August 10

September 7 – November 30                         November 16 – 30


Requirements of earning and maintaining the CNU-A credential are as follows:

  1. Pass the CNU accreditation exam online
  2. Maintain an active CNU membership at the Urbanist level or higher
  3. Complete at least eight hours of CNU-approved continuing education per year.


Please consider taking the step of becoming CNU accredited in the next year.

For additional information about the process of becoming CNU accredited, please see the Candidate Guide or contact CNU at or 312-551

Digital Placemaking : Designing Public Spaces for Connection

How do we make it less weird to interact with strangers on the street? It is a question I ask myself constantly. I believe the answers exist in the interplay between place, design, technology, art and culture. And it is something that all communities, no matter the size, need to be thinking about.

Age five is when I officially started exploring how placemaking enhances our shared experience. The project involved wrapping multicolored lights around my porch’s railing for Christmas. I remembering begging my parents to take me on a drive every night just so I could look at it from the street. To me, it was a demonstration of the magic that can transform spaces into places.

My first successful placemaking project within a civic institution was in the sixth grade. I convinced my teacher, Mrs. Boyce, to let me wrap my desk in lights. This simple act made me excited to wake up in the morning and go to school to learn. It made school fun.

With this background, it makes sense that for the last two years I have been working with both public and private partners to reimagine spaces in our communities. Specifically, my team and I have been working on a project called OhHeckYeah; a first-of-its-kind interactive street arcade. The arcade features custom built video games that use the power of art, culture and play to build connections between strangers on the street.

The project was seed funded by ArtPlace America and brought together artists, technologists, city agencies, foundations, business leaders, business improvement districts and musicians in its construction. In fact, the Colorado Symphony scored and recorded an original soundtrack for the games.

In its first showing, the video games were displayed on three larger-than-life LED screens in the Denver Theatre District. The games were played on the adjacent sidewalks by having the players move their body, side-to-side or forward-backward, to control the characters on the screens.

In the first two months, over 40,000 plays happened on the street; connecting people of all different backgrounds, ages and ethnicities. It confirmed the research that play builds trust between strangers. It also exposed an opportunity to rethink how technology can build connection in the physical world.

After watching thousands of strangers play together on the street, I believe in the potential of this work to develop and strengthen the social glue that binds our communities together. Thought-leader, Seth Godin, in his article for TED points out that our new economy, “the connection economy,” is stepping in as the days of the industrial age begin to fade. He argues that the new productivity is the productivity of connection and this economy rewards coordination, sharing and trust.

I would argue that connection has always been an important ingredient in powering all our economies. And trust is what enables the connection to happen. But why is it so difficult to connect with strangers if it is so important to moving our communities forward?

I believe the answer to this can be found in the simple experiments of my early days. We need to design places that make people feel comfortable; where all types of people feel they belong; and by adding some magic—something they simply can’t get at home—to make it less weird and more fun for people to interact. If we can do this, then we will have built successful public spaces where people, from all backgrounds, come together.

Author: Brian Corrigan, Founder + Director of OhHeckYeah: An Immersive Street Arcade

OhHeckYeah: This Is How We Do It from OhHeckYeah on Vimeo.

CNU Charter Awards 2016 Winners

The Congress for the New Urbanism (CNU) is a non-profit organization that promotes walkable, mixed-use neighborhood development, sustainable communities and healthier living conditions. We believe that cities should be designed for people and should respect human scale and encourage human interaction. The second CNU-Colorado Charter Awards honor projects that are designed in this spirit and make Colorado a more livable place.

The CNU-Colorado Charter Awards Winners are below!

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Beer Urbanism: How Craft Breweries are Contributing to the Vitality of our Beloved Denver Neighborhoods



3855 Mariposa Street, Denver, CO 80211

Speakers and Panelists include:

Steve Kurowski, Manager of Colorado Brewers Guild

Raphael Espinosa, Councilman of Denver’s District 1

Neighborhood Brewery Reps from: Diebolt Breweing Co., Call to Arms Brewing Co., Factotum Brewhouse, and Bruz Beers


By now, Denverites are well aware of the Craft Brew scene. It’s become a state-wide tourism feature and many of the originals have outgrown their start-up spaces. Many breweries have chosen to locate in former industrial areas that are “up-and-coming,” but what about the new breweries that are choosing to locate within the fabric of our beloved Denver neighborhoods? Why did they choose their location? What are they doing to contribute to the neighborhoods? Are people choosing to live within neighborhoods that have amenities such as small, craft breweries? Have local breweries spurred other economic development in our neighborhoods? What are the issues they’ve had to overcome? Come hear from some of our Northwest Denver neighborhood breweries for answers to these questions and more!

See event poster for additional information details.

Small Town Planning: Issues, Challenges, Innovations, and Best Practices

In this panel discussion there will be two sessions. In the first session, we will hear the presenters talk of the issues and challenges they address daily in each community. In the second session, the presenters will summarize some of the innovative tools they have used in order to address these issues and acknowledge best practices.

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The Presentation from Where Are We Going, How Will We Get There?

If you happened to miss the CNU-hosted event on the Future of Transit in Our Region, please take a look at the panel discussion presentation from that evening (link below).

Where Are We Going, How Will We Get There, presentation:

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Transportation has been a hot topic for a while now. But what is actually in the works for Colorado and the Midwest region? What are the recent challenges we are facing? How are we looking to the future? Please view the presentation in the link above, from a panel discussion of region leaders in urban planning, transportation planning and active transportation!

Panel of Speakers:

Bill Sirois, RTD Denver

Kristina Evanoff, Denver Public Works

Steve Chester, Denver CPD

Jill Locantore, Walk Denver

David Sachs, Denver Streetsblog

Jim Charlier, Charlier Associates