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CNU Illinois 5 - Redefining Convenience

CNU Illinois

Thursday, March 15, 2012 from 9:30 AM to 4:00 PM (CDT)

Chicago, IL

CNU Illinois 5 - Redefining Convenience

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CNU Illinois 5 - Morning Session - 9:30am-12:30pm   more info Ended $15.00 $0.00
CNU Illinois 5 - Lunch - 12:30pm-1:00pm   more info Ended $15.00 $0.00
CNU Illinois 5 - Afternoon Session - 1:00pm-4:00pm   more info Ended $15.00 $0.00

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For the last several decades the ideal vision of convenience has often been defined by a sub-urban sprawl mindset: being able to drive to the mall or other large shopping center, getting whatever the household needs, and driving back to the single family home with a multi-stall garage. However, over the last few years the forces driving this mindset have changed. Gas prices have been increasing. As the economy has worsened, people have less disposable income. Infrastructure is deteriorating, and as a result of foreclosures, fewer traditional families live in single family homes. And of course, for large portions of the American population, this vision of convenience never applied to their lives in the first place.
As people adapt in their daily life, they become more attracted to other options, and so society is starting to redefine convenience. The new definition is looking more and more urban everyday.

As dedicated urbanists how do we bring about positive changes amidst challenging times?  How do we achieve great things by invigorating local economies and investing in incremental changes to our built environment?

CNU Illinois 5 is dedicated to the improvement of existing practices and the development of new ideas.  It will be a day filled with expert presentations, productive conversations and a hands-on workshop.

Date: March 15, 2012
Time: 9:30am-4:00pm
Location:  Inland Steel Building - 30 West Monroe Street - Chicago

Morning Session    9:30am-12:30pm    Cost: $15
1.0 The Engine
1.1 Occupy Urbanism - Community Wealth
      Chuck Renner - Principal, Renner Design Associates
1.2 Local Economies 101  
      Peter Locke - Board of Directors, Local First Chicago
2.0 The Place
2.1 Tactical Urbanism [2.0]
      Mike Lydon - Principal, The Street Plans Collaborative 
2.2 A Livable Loop: Place-making in the CBD
       Ty Tabing - Executive Director, Chicago Loop Alliance

Lunch Session    12:30-1:30pm    Cost: $15
{Hannah's Bretzel box lunches for purchase}
3.0 The Convenience of "The Original Green"
      Presentation featuring common-sense, plain-spoken sustainability that is more than Gizmo Green.
      Steve Mouzon - Principal, Mouzon Design

Afternoon Session    1:30-4:00pm    Cost: $15
4.0 The Application
      Design Workshop featuring projects in the Chicago Loop, Rockford and    
5.0 The Conversation
       Q+A panel discussion featuring the day's participants

All registered attendees will have free access to CNU Illinois 5
info + presentation materials via the Guidebook mobile application.

Have questions about CNU Illinois 5 - Redefining Convenience? Contact CNU Illinois
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When & Where

Inland Steel Building
Ground Floor (formerly Bank of America Branch)
30 West Monroe Street
Chicago, IL 60603

Thursday, March 15, 2012 from 9:30 AM to 4:00 PM (CDT)

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CNU Illinois

CNU Illinois is a 501-C3 non-profit organization, controlled by its membership and led by a voluntary Board of Directors. 

As outlined in the preamble to our Charter, CNU advocates the restructuring of public policy and development practices to support the restoration of existing urban centers and towns within coherent metropolitan regions. We stand for the reconfiguration of sprawling suburbs into communities of real neighborhoods and diverse districts, the conservation of natural environments, and the preservation of our built legacy.

Rebuilding neighborhoods, cities, and regions is profoundly interdisciplinary. We believe that community, economics, environment, health and design need to be addressed simultaneously through urban design and planning.

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