CNU18 and Imagine Downtown:
Sustainable, Healthy and Livable

Central Atlanta Progress partners with upcoming national conference of
The Congress for the New Urbanism

On the occasion of and in collaboration with the 18th annual gathering of the Congress for the New Urbanism (CNU18) in Downtown Atlanta on May 19-22, 2010, CAP/ADID has embarked on an initiative to transform the way that the Downtown community aims to create a sustainable, healthy and livable urban core. With the benefit of invited CNU founders and experts, as well as local subject matter experts, 'Urban Lab' planning exercises, workshops and speakers will be utilized to explore the following topics and their relationship to Downtown Atlanta:

  • Water: Individual building and district-level solutions to capture, conserve and control water to support the Governor’s Water Task Force Recommendations
  • Energy: Building and district-level options for conserving and generating energy via public-private initiatives with the Department of Energy and LEED-ND programs.
  • Transit: Advance complete street networks and transit infrastructure in coordination with the Atlanta Regional Commission’s Livable Centers Initiative, the City of Atlanta’s Connect Atlanta Plan and the region’s transit vision, Concept 3.
  • Livability: Create a safe, healthy, walkable, bikeable Downtown with greenspaces and age, income and workforce diversity with the principles of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Healthy Community Design.

Up to and during the Congress, the Downtown community along with many of the nation’s leading planners, engineers, and community design specialists who will visit Atlanta for CNU18 will be engaged in vigorous two-way conversation about Downtown Atlanta today, the existing Imagine Downtown plan for the future, and new enhanced vision for a more sustainable with the goal of…..

          ….. In collaboration with allied organizations and partners, Downtown stakeholders and investors will serve as agents for ensuring Atlanta’s world-class environmental sustainability. Collaborating businesses, organizations, institutions and residents will develop solutions and implement action plans to address the challenges and opportunities inherent in the relationship between environment, equity and the economy.

Click here for an overview of the Imagine Downtown Urban Labs.

How To Get Involved

Opportunities exist for broadening, integrating, and implementing new partnerships and programs.To learn more and get involved explore the following specific programs and events:

January 14, 2010
Pre-Congress Forum and Kick-Off

January 15, 2010
SoNo Urban Lab

March 3 and 4, 2010
Centennial Place and Luckie-Marietta Urban Lab

May 19-22, 2010
“New Urbanism: Rx for Healthy Places” the 18th annual Congress for the New Urbanism
organized with assistance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

CNU18 Virtaal Urban Lab
Join CNU18 attendees during the Congress by participating in a virtual Urban Lab.  Issues and sites identified through previous Urban Labs are being shared with Congress particpants so that they can apply the principals of New Urbanism, research and knowledge to Atlanta opportunities. Click here to download the instructions.

What to learn more?

Purchase a copy of Building Metropolitan Atlanta: Past, Present & Future

Produced for the 18th Congress for the New Urbanism, this 180-page book includes full-color plans, photographs, and information on the Atlanta region’s best historic and new urban communities, and provides a sneak peak at many of the sites that will be featured on tours at the 2010 Congress. Dozens of articles from planners, academics, and analysts paint a detailed picture of the Atlanta region including Downtown, from architecture and development successes to public health and social issues. The book is a must-read for anyone attending the 2010 Congress.

To download a PDF copy or order a printed copy visit LuLu.


Did you know that Downtown Atlanta is well underway as a sustainable, healthy and livable district?

View this map and list of existing projects and initiatives.  We welcome your additions and suggestions to expand this list.  Forward information to Jennifer Ball at Central Atlanta Progress.

For more information about Imagine Downtown: Sustainable, Healthy and Livable
contact Jennifer Ball at Central Atlanta Progress.