TOPIC :: Las Catalinas, Costa Rica

WHAT :: CNU Atlanta T3*/UrbanTalk

WHEN :: Thursday, November 20th from 5:30-7:30pm

WHERE :: Steel Restaurant & Lounge
Plaza Midtown – 950 W. Peachtree St. Suite 255 – Atlanta, GA 30309
Convenient to the Midtown MARTA station, and parking also available in the Publix deck.

Join us at happy hour for the story of Las Catalinas, a new beach town on the Guanacaste coast of Costa Rica:

The purpose of Las Catalinas is to create a way of life that is healthy, sustainable, fulfilling, and fun.

 Charles Brewer, the founder of Las Catalinas, and Bill Tunnell of Atlanta-based TSW, which has been providing master planning and detailed design for the community for over 8 years, will present its story. Las Catalinas has been influenced by the New Urbanist movement and the pedestrian hill towns of the old world. The compact town, with its initial phase approaching completion, when ultimately built out will be surrounded by 1,000 acres of conserved tropical dry forest.

*T3 (Thirsty Third Thursdays) is a monthly gathering organized by the Atlanta Chapter of the Congress for the New Urbanism (CNU Atlanta) for architects, planners, real estate professionals and all others who are interested in our built environment.

Sponsored in part by  TSW logo and colors-new blue

CNU Atlanta was honored to host Ray Gindroz at the historic Trolley Barn in Inman Park last Thursday, October 16. Board member Terry Kearns captured a great series of photos from the discussion as well as the walking tour in Little Five Points that followed. View more photos here.



Thanks again to our sponsors:

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Oct 102014

October 15: Placemaking in Public Spaces – Atlanta Regional Commission
ARC presents placemaking and public spaces with Fred Kent, the founder of the Project for Public Spaces, and Jim Durrett, executive director of the Buckhead CID. The Project for Public Spaces is dedicated to creating public places that foster communities. Mr. Kent studied with Margaret Mead and worked with William H. Whyte on the “Street Life Project” and is a leading authority on revitalizing city spaces and one of the foremost thinkers in livability, smart growth, and the future of the city.
Learn more and pre-register for this free event here.

October 22: An Evening with Architect Allen Greenberg – Georgia Tech
Georgia Tech College of Architecture invites the public to attend their Distinguished Lecture series as they host architect Allen Greenberg at the Academy of Medicine for a discussion on Architecture and the Classical Tradition. The lecture starts at 6 pm, and is free with complimentary valet parking. Limited additional information here.

October 29: EarthCraft Celebration of Excellence – Southface Energy
This year, Southface is celebrating the 15th anniversary of the EarthCraft program! They’ll revisit the program’s early history and look ahead at what’s in store for the program over the next 15 years. The 2014 EarthCraft Awards will be presernted in each of our five program categories: house, renovation, multifamily, light commercial and communities. EarthCraft sponsors will be on hand to answer questions and provide information on the latest and greatest green technologies.
The event is free, but registration is recommended.



RAY-red backgroundThis fall, join CNU Atlanta as we welcome Ray Gindroz, the internationally acclaimed founder of Urban Design Associates, for a day of discussion and reflection. Mr. Gindroz has pioneered the development of participatory planning process for neighborhoods, downtowns, and regional plans. An advocate of “architecture as city-building,” Mr. Gindroz leads UDA’s efforts to revitalize cities by transforming inner city neighborhoods and public housing projects into traditional mixed-income neighborhoods and by working with downtowns to attract new development.

Discussion topics will include:
- Struggling Toward a Humane Urbanism
- Designing an Economic Revival: The Norfolk Story

Thursday, October 16, 2014
The Trolley Barn
963 Edgewood Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30307
(The Trolley Barn Directions and Parking Information)

Presentation and discussion 9am-Noon
Discussion will continue over lunches in Little Five Points and a walking tour of the new Community Improvement District with commentary by Ray.

$20 Government/Students
$35 ICAA-SE Members
$35 CNU Members
$50 All Others

A suggested minimum donation of $15 for participation in the L5P CID Walking Tour will be collected for the Marilyn and Ray Gindroz Foundation.

To pay online, please visit:

*Also: on October 15th from 6-8 PM Ray will present a lecture entitled “Renaissance Urban Acupuncture and other Practical History Lessons for 21st Century Urbanists” hosted by The Southeast Chapter of the Institute of Classical Architecture and Art . Please see or this Eblast for more details.

Thank you to our sponsors (click on each image to be directed to the website):

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Sep 042014

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TOPIC :: The newly formed Little 5 Points Community Improvement District

WHAT :: CNU Atlanta T3*/UrbanTalk

WHEN :: Thursday, September 18th from 5:30-7:30pm

WHERE :: The Cellar of the Wrecking Bar
292 Moreland Avenue, Northeast – Atlanta, GA 30307

Join CNU Atlanta, Scott Ball and Jeff Rader (Principals of Commons Planning), and Don Bender, Chairman of the newly formed Little 5 Points Community Improvement District. Hear about the CID’s plans to resuscitate the L5P cultural and commercial district into a thriving theater and pedestrian-oriented commercial district.

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*T3 (Thirsty Third Thursdays) is a monthly gathering organized by the Atlanta Chapter of the Congress for the New Urbanism (CNU Atlanta) for architects, planners, real estate professionals and all others who are interested in our built environment.

Aug 252014

STEEL was packed and the conversation was flowing at our most recent T3 Urban Talk on single-family residential development in Atlanta. Board member Terry Kearns provides more photos HERE.

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Thanks so much to David Butler, President of David Butler & Associates, Inc. (DBA), and Dennis McConnell, President of Healthy House of Georgia LLC. CNU Atlanta appreciates your willingness to share your experiences and observations about the local community with the local community.

MORE to come on this recap soon!

September 19-21, 2014 – Seaside Academic Village, Florida – Women’s Workshop

Relax in sunny Florida and focus on health and wellness of mind, body, and spirit! The weekend will include lectures delivered by wellness professionals, exercise led by experienced instructors, and social activities. Sound like a refreshing weekend is in your future, ladies? Learn more about this retreat event here.

October 6-8, 2014 – Serenbe, Georgia – New Strategies and Techniques for Building Sustainable Communities

Learn the nuts and bolts of planning and building a walkable community where residential, retail and farming thrive. Discover how Serenbe’s unique features better conserve natural resources and provide greater financial returns for the developer and the home owner. This seminar will supply best practices for facts and figures. Lab sessions will provide a look at the amenities that make this a flourishing development that has enjoyed growth during the recession.

Experience old-fashioned hospitality at The Inn and enjoy meals at Serenbe’s three farm-to-table restaurants. Contact Phyllis Bleiweis through the following link (click on “Events”) for more information.

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CNU Atlanta T3: Urban Talk Featuring Dennis McConnell and David Butler

Thursday, August 21, 2014, 5:30-7:30pm

Location: Steel Restaurant

CNU founder Andres Duany has been to Atlanta to share his philosophy on “Lean Urbanism,” an effort to restore common sense to the process of urban development, entrepreneurism, and community engagement. The Lean Urbanism project is devising community-building tools to overcome onerous financial, bureaucratic, and regulatory processes that often frustrate urban developers.

On August 21, CNU Atlanta will host David Butler and Dennis McConnell, two local developers who have  faced – and overcome – the local hurdles to build high-quality single-family cottages in Atlanta’s Old Fourth Ward and Cabbagetown. These developers will discuss their challenges and successes along the way and answer the question: “Would you, could you, do it again?”

dmbJPEGDavid Butler is President of David Butler & Associates, Inc. (DBA), an Atlanta-based architectural practice founded in 1996.   DBA offers both commercial and residential design services, and has experience assembling and leading teams of consulting engineers for larger projects.  Their primary focus is sustainable building design. The recently completed Eden House on Moreland Avenue was certified LEED Gold and Earthcraft Gold and is also Energy Star qualified. Residential project experience includes historic district design and permitting, and commercial work exceeding 50,000 square feet includes mixed-use projects in Atlanta and College Park and office buildings in Peachtree City.  Other project types include restaurants, bakeries and multifamily buildings.

“Our design philosophy is that Architecture promotes health and well-being when art and technology are combined to produce a beautiful, functional building.”

David’s familiarity with zoning and the permit process has led to appointments on advisory boards related to city zoning and redevelopment goals such as the Westside Tax Allocation District Downtown Advisory Board and the Downtown Livability Code Advisory Board.  David is a past president of Castleberry Hill neighborhood and helped produce that community’s master plan and historic inventory, which contributed to the area’s designation as a Landmark Historic District.

Dennis McConnellDennis McConnell is President of Healthy House of Georgia LLC., a design build firm dedicated to producing allergen-free homes as certified by the American Lung Association. Healthy House also acts as a consultant to prospective homeowners and to other builders in producing allergen-free homes in the southeast. McConnell is also President of McConnell Homes, Inc., which designs and builds 5 to 10 homes a year in the Intown neighborhoods of Virginia Highland, Inman Park, Midtown, Grant Park, Druid Hills Candler Park, and Brookhaven. Most homes are Craftsman Style, designed to meet strict historic district criteria. A third-generation homebuilder with 48 years experience, McConnell has built or renovated over 400 homes in the City of Atlanta over the last 35 years from $60,000 to $1,900,000, all under energy efficiency programs. His Lampkin Street Cottages project – winner of the 2005 Atlanta Regional Commission’s Exceptional Merit Award for Contextual Sensitive Neighborhood Infill Design  Award – helped spur redevelopment of the Old Fourth Ward, one of Atlanta’s most sought-after intown neighborhoods.


CNU Atlanta T3: Urban Talk Featuring Dennis McConnell and David Butler

Thursday, August 21, 2014


Location: Steel Restaurant
950 West Peachtree Street, NW


Please walk or ride, but if you drive, park in the deck behind Publix

*T3 (Thirsty Third Thursdays) is a monthly gathering organized by the Atlanta Chapter of the Congress for the New Urbanism (CNU Atlanta) for architects, planners, real estate professionals and all others who are interested in our built environment.

There will be NO July T3 . CNU Atlanta hopes you are enjoying your summer! Stay tuned for information regarding upcoming T3 events in the fall.

Friday, July 11
Join the discussion this Friday with Southface at the next Sustainable Atlanta RoundTable (SART) and talk about EPA’s recent proposal to reduce carbon emissions from power plants by 30 percent by 2030. Panelists include Air Protection Branch chief Keith Bentley of the Georgia Environmental Protection Division, policy advisor Kevin Kelly from Southface, and Mandy Mahoney , president of the Southeast Energy Efficiency Alliance.

Find out more and register here.

Friday, July 18
Pull up a chair (or a blanket?) as the Museum of Design Atlanta puts on a free screening of Citizen Architect: Samuel Mockbee and the Spirit of the Rural Studio at Atlantic Station‘s Central Park at dusk. Auburn’s Rural Studio, founded by Samuel Mockbee, is featured in MODA’s current exhibition Design for Social Impact, on view until Aug 3.

Admission is free! More info here.

Jun 252014

CNU Atlanta hosted a special Tactical Urbanism T3* at Noni’s on Edgewood Avenue on June 19th.  Our special guests Mike Lydon, of the Street Plans Collaborative, Jason Roberts, of The Better Block, and Thomas Pacello, the City of Memphis Mayor’s Innovation Team were in town for the ARC’s Planning Academy and Living Beyond Expectations: Tactical Urbanism demonstration, which took place June 19th through the 22nd on Auburn Avenue. The Tactical Urbanism T3* at Noni’s was graciously sponsored by TSW.

Lydon, Roberts, and Pacello were kind enough to join the monthly CNU get-together after the academy to talk about what would be happening over the weekend and to inspire Atlanta urbanists to show up and get involved at the local level in similar efforts. Mike outlined some of the specific tactical urbanism interventions to be employed on Auburn Ave. Jason shared a bit about his background and explained how The Better Block got started.  He also invited everyone to attend CNU 23 in Dallas next year, where they can see the work of The Better Block in person. Tommy gave a brief overview of The Mayor’s Innovation Delivery Team and explained how their efforts are supported by Tactical Urbanism.

Below are a few pictures from the T3, taken by CNU Atlanta board member Terry Kearns. The whole set is here. More photos from Sweet Auburn Avenue Living Beyond Expectations Project Demonstration Day, can be found at the link here.

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(ABOVE) Thomas Pacello speaking to the group; (RIGHT) Mike Lydon saying a few words.















(LEFT) Jason Roberts toasting the event: (BELOW) TSW folks: Garrett Hyer, Adam Williamson, Ryan Snodgrass, Tom Walsh, Sarah McColley (slightly hidden) & Laura Richter

Thanks for joining us for a great event!

*T3 (Thirsty Third Thursdays) is a monthly gathering organized by the Atlanta Chapter of the Congress for the New Urbanism (CNU Atlanta) for architects, planners, real estate professionals and all others who are interested in our built environment.

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