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Have you ever been able to control what you learn in a class? You can with CNU21’s clever combination of MindMixer and all of the 202 courses offered at the conference: Public Square. CNU21 is this year’s annual Congress for the New Urbanism conference and will be held at the Grand America Hotel in Salt

Have you ever been able to control what you learn in a class? You can with CNU21’s clever combination of MindMixer and all of the 202 courses offered at the conference: Public Square.

CNU21 is this year’s annual Congress for the New Urbanism conference and will be held at the Grand America Hotel in Salt Lake City, Utah May 29th through June 1st, 2013.

CNU organization goals

MindMixer is an idea platform that facilitates collaboration and constructive criticism through voting and critique. It was developed to be a tool for community activism and local planning initiatives. However, as the congress has shown with Public Square, it is an incredibly versatile collaboration and decision-making tool not to be settled into a niche.

202 sessions are advanced learning courses. These courses go above and beyond the typical session both in quality and quantity. Most courses last three to four hours each. They are indicated as such in the program by a title that starts with the number 202 and then a letter. (For example, “202F: Tactical Urbanism.”)

An interactive 202 session at CNU20

Public Square is the Congress for the New Urbanism’s MindMixer home. There are already topics started for each of the 202 courses. Under each topic, anyone can make suggestions for the content of the course. If you’re not sure if you want to participate in a 202 course just yet, this is a great way to get a more intimate look into what to expect from the course.

Almost two dozen prominent planners, architects, and civil engineers chosen by the Congress for the New Urbanism are keeping tabs on the site. However, the entire site has only gotten nine outside contributions. Voice your opinion before it’s too late- you will be eagerly listened to!

What would you like to learn at CNU21? Are you going to the conference? If so, be sure to find me and say hello.

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Aascot Holt is an undergraduate at Eastern Washington University, pursuing a major in Urban and Regional Planning and a minor in Geography. She will graduate in the spring of 2013. She is from Stevenson, WA and currently lives in Spokane, WA in a bri...

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