‘Sprawl Repair’ can be defined as transforming fragmented, isolated, and car-dependent development into “complete communities.”

Sprawl remains the prevailing growth pattern across the United States even though experts in planning, economics and environmental issues have long denounced it as wasteful, inefficient, and unsustainable.  Sprawl is a principal cause of lost open space and natural habitat as well as increases in air and water pollution, greenhouse gas emissions, infrastructure costs, and even obesity. It also plays a primary role in the housing meltdown plaguing the nation. This begs the question: is it possible to repair our sprawling suburbs and create more livable, robust, and eco-sensitive communities where they do not exist?

Galina Tachieva is an expert on sustainable planning, urban redevelopment, sprawl repair, and form-based codes. As a partner and Director of Town Planning at Duany Plater-Zyberk & Company, Architects and Town Planners (DPZ), Tachieva directs and manages the design and implementation of projects in the US and around the world.  Galina is also the author of the Sprawl Repair Manual, an award-winning publication and the first of its kind to focus on t
he retrofit of auto-centric suburban places into complete, walkable communities.  Hailing from Bulgaria, where she received her degree in architecture, Galina later completed her master’s in urban design at the University of Miami, Florida.  She is certified AICP, LEED-AP, and is a CNU Fellow.

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MOVIE NIGHT! The Human Scale: Bringing Cities to Life

50 % of the world’s population lives in urban areas. By 2050 this will increase to 80%. Life in a mega city is both enchanting and problematic. Today we face peak oil, climate change, loneliness and severe health issues due to our way of life. But why? The Danish architect and professor Jan Gehl has studied human behavior in cities through 40 years. He has documented how modern cities repel human interaction, and argues that we can build cities in a way, which takes human needs for inclusion and intimacy into account.

The Human Scale questions our assumptions about modernity, exploring what happens when we put people into the center of our equations.

For 40 years the Danish architect Jan Gehl has systematically studied human behavior in cities. His starting point was an interest in people, more than buildings – in what he called Life Between Buildings. What made it exist? When was it destroyed? How could it be brought back? This lead to studies of how human beings use the streets, how they walk, see, rest, meet, interact etc. Jan Gehl also uses statistics, but the questions he asks are different. For instance: How many people pass this street throughout a 24 hour period? How many percent of those are pedestrians? How many are driving cars or bikes? How much of the street space are the various groups allowed to use? Is this street performing well for all its users? Jan Gehl made his first studies in Italy and later he inspired the planning of Denmark’s capital, Copenhagen, for 40 years. His ideas inspired the creation of walking streets, the building and improvements of bike paths and the reorganization of parks, squar es and other public spaces throughout this city and in many other cities in the Nordic region. Around the world cities like Melbourne, Dhaka, New York, Chongqing and Christchurch are now also being inspired by Gehl’s work and by the developments in Copenhagen.

WHEN:  Wednesday, May 27 from 7 to 9pm

WHERE:  Impact Hub Salt Lake, 150 S. State Street

TRANSIT & PARKING:  Get to the Impact Hub by bus or TRAX.  Limited street parking available, but parking garages are nearby.  Click here for details.


REGISTER:  Limited seating available — register here!

A big shout-out to our co-hosts for this event — Impact Hub Salt Lake!  They are graciously providing the equipment, setup and space for this event to the public and our membership.  Thank you!

Urban Think: Creating (More) Walkable Suburbs

WHO:  Ted Knowlton, Deputy Director at WFRC

WHAT:  Join us for a special urban think presentation as Ted shares his ideas of how to make our suburbs more walkable and how to get it right from the start.  We’ll also provide a quick recap of CNU23!

WHEN:  May 26, 11:30am – 1:00pm

WHERE:  SLC Impact Hub

HOW:  Register here.

DETAILS:  If you don’t have time to grab lunch before joining us at The Hub, let us bring it to you — place your order for a Granato’s box lunch here by COB Friday, May 22.

Saratoga Springs wins TCC Innovation Award

The Transect Codes Council (TCC) announced the inaugural TCC Code Innovation Award at CNU 23 and the honor went to the Wasatch’s very own Saratoga Springs!  The award recognizes “zoning code innovation in a proposed or adopted code that advances the art and practice of coding neighborhoods.”

The TCC, an advisory board to the Center for Applied Transect Studies (CATS), works to expand the use of its open source transect-based codes for planning and regulating the built environment as part of the natural environment.

You can read more in this press release.

CNU 23: Meeting the Demand for Walkable Places

CNU 23 is upon us!


This April, over 1500 architects, designers, planners, developers, and leading urban thinkers from across America will gather in Dallas–Fort Worth, TX for the 23rd annual Congress for the New Urbanism: Meeting the Demand for Walkable Places. Over four days in the heart of North Texas, attendees from across America will connect and collaborate on strategies for building better places — from revitalizing historic downtowns to retrofitting sprawling suburbs for walkability. Neighborhood tours and hands-on workshops will explore current placemaking tactics and challenges in the context of the Dallas–Fort Worth region.
Discounted early-bird registration is available now through March 27th. Learn more about the event and register online at cnu23.org. To learn more about the Congress for the New Urbanism, visit cnu.org.

WEBINAR: Using Form-Based Code for Economic Development

Scott PolikovTune in on April 2 from 11:30-12:30 to learn how form-based codes can be used as a tool in economic development.  Scott Polikov joins us for our quarterly webinar to share his insights on how form-based codes can allow communities to take advantage of market trends while maintaining flexibility in development.

Please register if you plan to participate, whether you plan to call in from your desk or join us at the Downtown Salt Lake City Public Library (4th floor).

If you choose spend your lunch hour with us at the Library, we’ve got you covered — let us pre-order your lunch so you don’t have to worry about it.  A selection of boxed lunches from Granato’s will be available to those who pre-order only.

Coming In April: FBCI 301!

The Form-Based Code Institute is returning to Utah!  If you were lucky enough to participate in the FBCI 101 course hosted here this past fall, then you know what a great opportunity we have with the 301 course coming up in April!

Join us on April 15 & 16 at the SLC Impact Hub to continue your journey with Form-Based Code.  You can find details and registration info on the flyer.

Be quick — register before April 4 to receive a $50 discount on the registration fee!  Special rates apply for public service and non-profit employees.

CNU Utah is excited and proud to host this opportunity for its members and friends.  Please let contact us with any questions about CNU Utah or this event.