Who We Are
The Congress for the New Urbanism (CNU) is the nation’s most innovative and influential organization promoting the building and revitalization of great urban places. We are a multi-disciplinary organization comprised of architects, urban planners, developers, investors, engineers, academics, elected and career governmental officials, and citizen advocates. We work within and outside of our professions to further the organization’s mission.
CNU Florida, a charitable 501(c)(3) corporation, is CNU’s oldest chapter. We operate through a statewide board of directors and other dedicated volunteers. Due to the size of our State, we organized regional groups including in Orlando, Tampa Bay, the Palm Beaches, Tallahassee, and Miami. We aim to make Florida more beautiful, economically vibrant, environmentally sustainable, and healthier for all its citizens and visitors.
Florida – Birthplace of the New Urbanism
Click HERE to learn how scrubland on Florida's coastal Panhandle gave birth to the New Urbanism, and how our movement has heralded a more valuable alternative to suburban sprawl.
Seaside, Florida's planner, Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk, and developer, Robert Davis (pictured), along with Ms. Plater-Zyberk's partner, Andres Duany, challenged the status-quo of suburban sprawl by building the first new town in America in a generation.
CNU Florida: The Nation’s Leading Innovators
Click HERE to learn how CNU Florida members are improving the built environment in Florida, and beyond, as leading innovators.
Miami21, the nation's first municipal-wide form-based zoning code of a major U.S. city, is restoring urbanism to Miami.
Historic urbanism in Downtown Windermere, Florida – threatened by the motorist congestion of encroaching suburbia and saved by New Urbanists, who showed the town how to save their narrow, two-lane streets. Learn how HERE.