Building Lean - Elizabeth Christoferetti
Apr
18
5:30pm 5:30pm

Building Lean - Elizabeth Christoferetti

Elizabeth Christoferetti, Founder of Super-normal, will be leading the April 18 roundtable.

This event is part of the Building Lean Spring 2017 Roundtable Series.

The political, design, economic, and social impacts of large infill development are increasingly being felt in Boston and cities across the country. Yet, even as historic neighborhoods of small multifamily buildings soar in value, very little new development is taking this smaller, more incremental, more diverse form. How can we unlock small development in Boston and New England?

Our Spring 2017 series of events will emphasize lean techniques for success in all stages of real estate development. Sessions will occur monthly and will consist of an expert speaker, small group discussions, and social hour.

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Building Lean - Jack Mullen
Mar
6
5:30pm 5:30pm

Building Lean - Jack Mullen

Jack Mullen, Founder and Managing Director of Summer Street Advisors, will be leading the March 6 roundtable on his experience and work with the REFA CT, The Real Estate Finance Association of Connecticut.

This event is part of the Building Lean Spring 2017 Roundtable Series.

The political, design, economic, and social impacts of large infill development are increasingly being felt in Boston and cities across the country. Yet, even as historic neighborhoods of small multifamily buildings soar in value, very little new development is taking this smaller, more incremental, more diverse form. How can we unlock small development in Boston and New England?

Our Spring 2017 series of events will emphasize lean techniques for success in all stages of real estate development. Sessions will occur monthly and will consist of an expert speaker, small group discussions, and social hour.

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Building Lean - Kent Schwendy
Feb
16
5:00pm 5:00pm

Building Lean - Kent Schwendy

Kent Schwendy, President and CEO of Corporation for Independent Living, will be leading the February 16 roundtable.

This event is part of the Building Lean 2017 Roundtable Series.

The political, design, economic, and social impacts of large infill development are increasingly being felt in Boston and cities across the country. Yet, even as historic neighborhoods of small multifamily buildings soar in value, very little new development is taking this smaller, more incremental, more diverse form. How can we unlock small development in Boston and New England?

Our Spring 2017 series of events will emphasize lean techniques for success in all stages of real estate development. Sessions will occur monthly and will consist of an expert speaker, small group discussions, and social hour.

 

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Building Lean - Chris Rumul
Dec
13
5:30pm 5:30pm

Building Lean - Chris Rumul

Chris Rumul, Senior Vice President, Walker & Dunlop will be leading the December 13 roundtable on identifying and accessing public sector financing for real estate.

This event is part of the Building Lean Fall 2016 Roundtable Series.

The political, design, economic, and social impacts of large infill development are increasingly being felt in Boston and cities across the country. Yet, even as historic neighborhoods of small multifamily buildings soar in value, very little new development is taking this smaller, more incremental, more diverse form. How can we unlock small development in Boston and New England?

Our Fall 2016 series of events will emphasize lean techniques for success in all stages of real estate development. Sessions will occur monthly and will consist of an expert speaker, small group discussions, and social hour. 

Register at: https://buildingleanroundtable.eventbrite.com

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Building Lean - Mark Van Noppen
Nov
15
5:30pm 5:30pm

Building Lean - Mark Van Noppen

Mark Van Noopen, Vice President and Managing Director, The Armory Revival Company will be leading the November 15 roundtable on unlocking value in historic properties and building a real estate business.

This event is part of the Building Lean Fall 2016 Roundtable Series.

The political, design, economic, and social impacts of large infill development are increasingly being felt in Boston and cities across the country. Yet, even as historic neighborhoods of small multifamily buildings soar in value, very little new development is taking this smaller, more incremental, more diverse form. How can we unlock small development in Boston and New England?

Our Fall 2016 series of events will emphasize lean techniques for success in all stages of real estate development. Sessions will occur monthly and will consist of an expert speaker, small group discussions, and social hour. 

Register at: https://buildingleanroundtable.eventbrite.com

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Building Lean - Karin Brandt
Oct
18
5:30pm 5:30pm

Building Lean - Karin Brandt

Karin Brandt, co-founder and CEO, CoUrbanize will be leading the October 18 roundtable on how to harness new innovations in the community approval process.

This event is part of the Building Lean Fall 2016 Roundtable Series.

The political, design, economic, and social impacts of large infill development are increasingly being felt in Boston and cities across the country. Yet, even as historic neighborhoods of small multifamily buildings soar in value, very little new development is taking this smaller, more incremental, more diverse form. How can we unlock small development in Boston and New England?

Our Fall 2016 series of events will emphasize lean techniques for success in all stages of real estate development. Sessions will occur monthly and will consist of an expert speaker, small group discussions, and social hour. 

Register at: https://buildingleanroundtable.eventbrite.com

 

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Building Lean - Michael Mullins
Sep
19
5:30pm 5:30pm

Building Lean - Michael Mullins

Michael Mullins, President of Mullins Management will be leading the September 19 roundtable on principles of lean manufacturing and lean startups applied to real estate development.

This event is part of the Building Lean Fall 2016 Roundtable Series.

The political, design, economic, and social impacts of large infill development are increasingly being felt in Boston and cities across the country. Yet, even as historic neighborhoods of small multifamily buildings soar in value, very little new development is taking this smaller, more incremental, more diverse form. How can we unlock small development in Boston and New England?

Our Fall 2016 series of events will emphasize lean techniques for success in all stages of real estate development. Sessions will occur monthly and will consist of an expert speaker, small group discussions, and social hour. 

Register at: https://buildingleanroundtable.eventbrite.com

 

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Open House and Regional Tour
Jul
27
to Aug 5

Open House and Regional Tour

Boston, MA
Open house at CNU New England's office

July 27 | 5:00–7:30 p.m.
31 St James St, Ste. 910
Boston, MA 02116

Burlington, VT
July 28 | 5:30–7:30 p.m.
Vin Bar & Shop
126 College Street
Burlington, VT 05401

Worcester, MA
July 29 | 5:30–7:30 p.m.
Bocado
82 Winter Street
Worcester, MA 01604

Boston, MA
Design Museum Boston Urban Innovation Festival

July 30
274 Albany St, Boston, MA
Attend the festival with other CNU members and supporters! More information about the Festival can be found here

Hartford, CT
August 2 | 5:30–7:30 p.m.
Trumbull Kitchen
150 Trumbull Street
Hartford, CT 06103

Nashua, NH
August 3 | 5:30–7:30 p.m.
MT's Local Kitchen and Wine Bar
212 Main Street
Nashua, NH 03060

Providence, RI
August 4 | 5:30–7:30 p.m.
Local 121
121 Washington Street
Providence, RI 02903

Darien, CT
August 5 | 5:30–7:30 p.m.
The Goose American Bistro and Bar
972 Boston Post Road
Darien, CT 

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Build Maine 2016
Jun
23
8:00am 8:00am

Build Maine 2016

CNU New England is proud to support Build Maine for their 2016 conference.

How can we build economically stronger, more successful towns and cities in Maine by making more strategic, high-impact investments? 

What if all people involved in the work of building Maine — the builders, funders, elected officials, engineers, lawyers, planners, finance institutions, and rule-makers — converged to share aspirations and best practices for moving Maine forward within the reality of the new economy?

What if we added into the mix focused conversations with nationally renowned leaders in the fields of street design, real estate development, and public service to introduce ideas on how to do more with less?

Please join us on June 23 in Lewiston, Maine, for Build Maine: a tactical approach to growing Maine towns and cities. Build Maine is hosted by the Congress for the New Urbanism | Maine (CNU Maine), Maine Municipal Association (MMA), Maine Real Estate & Development Association (MEREDA), and GrowSmart Maine.

We hope that you will join the conversation. For speakers and schedule information and to register, please visit the event website at build-maine.com.

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Hacking Town Hall with David Clem of Lyme Properties
Jun
21
6:00pm 6:00pm

Hacking Town Hall with David Clem of Lyme Properties

Join David Clem, Managing Partner of Lyme Properties, an adaptive reuse developer in Hanover, New Hampshire, as he offers suggestions on how to get around onerous local regulations. Using his extensive experience negotiating regulatory processes across New England, Mr. Clem will lead a small group discussion on skills and strategies to overcome regulatory barriers.

Mr. Clem has led an eclectic life in urban development that began when he left his PhD studies at MIT to become a Cambridge City Councillor. Impatient with the status quo, he then founded his own development company and got to work. Not just another developer talking strategies for sustainable development, Mr. Clem is well-known for his refusal to take no for an answer.

Pre-registration is required for building security purposes. Please enter the names of attendees for each ticket purchase. Admission fee supports food and beverage. Capacity is limited, so register now – we look forward to your participation.

Regular admission $25 / student $10.

REGISTER HERE

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Walk & Talk: Government Center Station Area Tour + Happy Hour
Jun
16
6:00pm 6:00pm

Walk & Talk: Government Center Station Area Tour + Happy Hour

Join CNU New England on a walking tour of the Government Center station area led by (representatives from) Halvorson Design Partnership and HDR Inc. Halvorson Design Partnership has collaborated with HDR, Inc. to improve the atmosphere of the civic open space around the newly-renovated Government Center Station. In addition to recapping a complex design review process, Halvorson will explain how this project creates a cornerstone in future Cambridge Street and City Hall Plaza master plan improvements. HDR Inc. will give a short tour of the station exterior and will discuss the intermodal and accessibility improvements of the $113M station project, a building reviewed by the Boston Globe as a "gleaming new installation of contemporary architecture above and beneath some of Boston's busiest streets." The tour will last approximately 45 minutes followed by a happy hour at Carrie Nation at 11 Beacon Street in Boston.

This is an inaugural event in a quarterly series of "Walk and Talk" events. Capacity is limited so register early to secure your spot. Please enter the names of attendees for each ticket purchase. Register using the link below. We look forward to your participation. Regular admission $20 / student $10.

We will meet under the Starbucks steaming teapot at the corner of Court and Tremont.

REGISTER HERE

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The Missing Middle Housing: A Conversation with Dan Parolek
Jun
14
6:30pm 6:30pm

The Missing Middle Housing: A Conversation with Dan Parolek

CNU-NE is excited to invite its members to a special conversation next week with Dan Parolek, AIA, principal of Opticos Design, who we've recently learned will be visiting us from the West Coast. He will be speaking with us about the Missing Middle, the range of cluster and multi-unit housing types — such as duplexes, courtyard apartments, and townhouses — that form a gradient between single-family houses and apartment blocks. Mr. Parolek will discuss how the Missing Middle, often forgotten or left out of the picture, can offer a richness and diversity of housing at a compact, human scale and can help to meet the rising demand for walkable urban living.

Informed by his childhood in small-town Nebraska, his work at many scales with such architecture giants as Robert A.M. Stern, Leon Krier, Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk, and Peter Katz, and his passion for great places and walkable urbanism, Mr. Parolek has continually pushed the boundaries of urban planning, design, and architecture, helping to formulate and advance form-based codes; writing and speaking prolifically about urbanism; founding Opticos, a design firm committed to a triple bottom line of social, environmental, and fiscal responsibility; and advocating for the use of the Missing Middle as a tool to create compact urban neighborhoods.


This event is for CNU members only. Capacity is limited, so register now — we look forward to your participation.

Admission is free, but we suggest a $5 at-the-door donation. Food and drink will be available for purchase.

REGISTER HERE

If you would like to become a member, joining the movement to create places people love and gaining access to special events like this one, please visit cnu.org/get-involved/become-member. CNU offers a variety of membership levels.

Learn more about the Missing Middle at missingmiddlehousing.com.

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CNU 24 Detroit: The Transforming City
Jun
8
to Jun 11

CNU 24 Detroit: The Transforming City

Join us for the 24th annual Congress for the New Urbanism in Detroit, Michigan. The Congress is the premiere international event dedicated to creating great places and will bring together over 1500 people for four days of discussion, education, collaboration, and celebration. We hope to see you there!

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The 2016 Urbanism Summit
Apr
28
to Apr 29

The 2016 Urbanism Summit

Getting It Built: Connecting Ingenuity to Opportunity

Please join CNU New England for the 2016 Urbanism Summit in Providence on April 28 and 29. The Summit is a two-day conference featuring a series of energizing tours, talk, and open-source discussions that will inspire and connect you to fellow development and design professionals, public officials, academics, and activists across the region. 

Big moves may take a long time, yet direction and leadership is necessary so that small interventions can happen quickly -- by the people and for the people. Let's talk New England! Together we can accelerate the pace of reinvestment in our cities and towns.

Visit the summit website for more information.

 

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Making the Leap - with Neal Morris of Redmellon Restoration and Development
Apr
4
6:00pm 6:00pm

Making the Leap - with Neal Morris of Redmellon Restoration and Development

Monday, April 4 | 6pm - 8pm
RE | Work Coworking Space
31 Saint James Avenue, Suite 940, Boston MA


Many talks from professionals in the real estate industry contain phrases such as, "...and then we put together our first deal," or "An angel investor stepped in and provided equity."  But how does it actually happen? Where do you meet these people? How do you make the move from working for a company to being the company?

Neal Morris, founder and principal of Redmellon, a mission driven real estate development firm in New Orleans, provides a case study and offers suggestions on how others might more easily make "the leap". Along the way the group will discuss neighborhood development, LIHTC applications, historic preservation, negotiating with architects and investors, and probably a little bit about Netflix.

Pre-registration is required for building security purposes. Please enter the names of attendees for each ticket purchase. Admission fee supports food and beer. Capacity is limited, so register now -- we look forward to your participation!
 

 



This session's featured speaker: Neal Morris

Neal Morris is founder and principal of Redmellon Restoration & Development, a mission driven real estate firm based in New Orleans. He received his B.A., M.B.A., and J.D. degrees from Tulane University. He is a Loeb Fellow at the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University. Neal has taught in the Masters of Sustainable Real Estate Development program at the Tulane University School of Architecture and lectured extensively on affordable housing and historic preservation. His firm, Redmellon Restoration and Development, is a mission-driven company that focuses on urban historic rehabilitation and affordable housing. In the past ten years Neal has developed over 1,000 units of affordable housing in Louisiana and Georgia. Neal’s Iberville Offsite Rehab project was the recipient of the 2014 HUD Secretary’s Award from the National Trust for Historic Preservation and the Congress of New Urbanism’s 2015 Global Grand Prize for Excellence in Urban Design.
 

Support CNU New England

Do you enjoy seeing programs like this? Your tax-deductible donation will support diverse and enriching programming that advances New England's natural and built environments and raises awareness about New Urbanism in the region.

 

 

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Small-Scale Development Workshop
Apr
1
to Apr 3

Small-Scale Development Workshop

WHAT: Small Scale Developer Training Workshop
WHEN: Friday April 1, 6-8pm; Saturday April 2, 9am-5pm; Sunday April 3, 9am-12pm
WHERE: City Annex Building - 444 Westminster Street, Providence, RI 02909
COST: $219 for Regular Registration until March 29; $249 for walk-in registration

Use discount code CNUNE for $10 off registration   
 

Stop waiting for someone else to fix your city.
 
Have you ever looked at a building or empty lot in your neighborhood and said to yourself: "I wish someone would do _____ with that site"?  That blank might be a new two story building to fill in a gap on Main Street... Retrofitting an existing one story on the corner that hasn't had a shop in it for a few years...The triple decker on the narrow residential street with lovely shade trees towering over the sidewalks. That someone could be you!
 
The Small Scale Developer Workshop is designed to help individuals in small towns or big cities learn how neighborhood scale real estate projects work, particularly buildings with 2-20 residential units and/or are 1-3 stories with a mix of uses. The course assumes you know a lot about your city or place, but not necessarily much about the industry or related fields. Through hands on applied learning, guidance from seasoned coaches and networking with local like-minded people, the workshop could be your first step to being a change maker in your community.
 

 Discount code for $10 off: CNUNE   

 

Co-Sponsored by the Incremental Development Alliance, CNU New England and the City of Providence.

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Call for Ideas, Questions, and Session Proposals
Dec
13
12:00pm12:00pm

Call for Ideas, Questions, and Session Proposals

The 2016 Urbanism Summit is New England's platform for action. How can we inspire ingenuity in a new generation of civic leaders and city builders? What are the unrealized opportunities to meet the growing demand for walkable human-scale urbanism? We want to hear from you. CNU New England is seeking proposals from designers, developers, public officials, entrepreneurs, academics, activists -- and more -- to address a variety of topics. Those include -- but are not limited to -- the following: 

  • Providence's transformation -- past, present and future
  • Leadership for change – physical, cultural, administrative and beyond
  • Human-centric development -- what it is and why it matters
  • Democratizing the development process -- ensuring access to participation and benefits
  • Reviving New England ingenuity in design, development, and government
  • Untapped opportunities for reinvestment in New England 
  • Demographic and migration trends affecting development
  • Working with cities and regions as complex systems

These suggestions are to provoke and inspire, not limit, your imagination. Think big, be creative, and tell us what's on your mind. The deadline for submissions is December 13, 2015.

SUBMIT A PROPOSAL

 

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Small Development Roundtable in Providence: Guerrilla Development
Nov
17
6:00pm 6:00pm

Small Development Roundtable in Providence: Guerrilla Development

Small Development Roundtable

The political, design, economic, and social impacts of large infill development are increasingly being felt in Providence and cities across the country. Yet, even as historic neighborhoods of small mixed-use and multifamily buildings soar in value, very little new development is taking this smaller, more incremental, more diverse form. How can we unlock small-scale development in New England? Join developers, planners, architects, activists, entrepreneurs and others for a series of discussions on rejuvenating the practice of incremental development.

Admission fee supports food and beer. Capacity is limited, so register now -- we look forward to your participation! Register HERE

"Guerrilla Development" with Anna Mackay

Guerrilla Development is a real estate company defined by its unique combination of design chops, social values, and business smarts.  They target sites that are often overlooked by larger institutional firms and bring to life projects are social experiments disguised as buildings, designed to benefit the economic and social welfare of the neighborhoods where they reside.  Guerrilla measures success in social capital and asset value.  Their goal is to create spaces that highlight strong design, invite participation, and act as gathering points for the community - all while providing financial returns to their investors.  By maintaining long-term involvement in their properties, Guerrilla works to create the best environment for their tenants to thrive.

Anna Mackay is development manager and right-hand woman at Guerrilla Development.  She has recently relocated from Portland, OR to Boston, MA where she is sniffing out the next Guerrilla project. 

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Small Development Roundtable: Small Development in Southbridge
Nov
12
6:00pm 6:00pm

Small Development Roundtable: Small Development in Southbridge

Small Development Roundtable

The political, design, economic, and social impacts of large infill development are increasingly being felt in Boston and cities across the country. Yet, even as historic neighborhoods of small mixed-use and multifamily buildings soar in value, very little new development is taking this smaller, more incremental, more diverse form. How can we unlock small-scale development in Boston and New England? Join developers, planners, architects, activists, entrepreneurs and others for a series of discussions on rejuvenating the practice of incremental development. The roundtable sessions will be hosted the second Thursday of each month at RE|Work coworking space in Boston's Back Bay from 6 to 8pm.

Pre-registration is required for building security purposes. Please enter the names of attendees for each ticket purchase. Admission fee supports food and beer. Capacity is limited, so register now -- we look forward to your participation! Register HERE.

“Small Development in Southbridge” with Hunter Foote

Hunter FooteHunter Foote is a real estate investor from Central MA.  Following graduation from the Isenberg School of Management with a degree focused in real estate and finance, Hunter opted a less traditional employment route and founded Bellus Real Estate. Bellus is a real estate development and property management company focused on residential and commercial real estate in Central MA and lending to other investors.

Bellus has grown steadily from founding in 2012 (with one duplex), to over 25 projects completed and 18 retained in the portfolio. Hunter has worked tirelessly to create a successful organization and team, and lead them to create wealth and solve problems in our community by turning distressed, mismanaged properties into functioning, desirable homes, apartments, offices, and storefronts.

He looks forward to presenting his experiences and meeting other active or aspiring real estate developers and entrepreneurs.

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Small Development Roundtable: Boutique Hotel Development In Transforming American Cities with Jenna Goldman, ASH NYC
Oct
8
6:00pm 6:00pm

Small Development Roundtable: Boutique Hotel Development In Transforming American Cities with Jenna Goldman, ASH NYC

The political, design, economic, and social impacts of large infill development are increasingly being felt in Boston and cities across the country. Yet, even as historic neighborhoods of small mixed-use and multifamily buildings soar in value, very little new development is taking this smaller, more incremental, more diverse form. How can we unlock small-scale development in Boston and New England? Join developers, planners, architects, activists, entrepreneurs and others for a series of discussions on rejuvenating the practice of incremental development.

Pre-registration is required for building security purposes. Please enter the names of attendees for each ticket purchase. Admission fee supports food and beer. Capacity is limited, so register now -- we look forward to your participation! 

Register HERE

 

Jenna Goldman

Jenna is the Director of Development at ASH NYC, a Real Estate Development and Interior Design firm. ASH NYC is one of the few mid-scale developers in the country that develops and designs every inch of their hotels from the inside out. In 2014, ASH NYC opened the Dean, an innovative new boutique hotel in Providence, RI. Come hear about the design and development process for creating a key urban catalyst. 

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Raising New Hampshire
Sep
26
8:00am 8:00am

Raising New Hampshire

Join the New England Chapter of the Congress for the New Urbanism, the New Hampshire Planners AssociationPlan NH, and the 603 Initiative for Raising New Hampshire on September 26. Raising New Hampshire is a state-wide building and development conference which will bring national speakers to New Hampshire to talk about how development affects every part of our lives. We are the places in which we live; the places in which we live are us. Register HERE.

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Connecticut Urban & Transportation Film Festival
Sep
23
6:15pm 6:15pm

Connecticut Urban & Transportation Film Festival

  • Laurel Hall, Room 101 | University of Connecticut (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Please join us at the University of Connecticut for screenings of some of the best entries from The New Urbanism Film Festival, an annual event that showcases short and feature length films from the pedestrian perspective that celebrate urban planning, StreetFilms, an organization that produces short films on how smart transportation design and policy can result in better places to live, work and play, as well as students from UConn!

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Small Development Roundtable: Innovation in Real Estate Finance
Sep
10
6:00pm 6:00pm

Small Development Roundtable: Innovation in Real Estate Finance

The political, design, economic, and social impacts of large infill development (100+ units per building) are increasingly being felt in Boston and cities across the country. Yet, even as historic neighborhoods of small multifamily buildings soar in value, very little new development is taking this smaller, more incremental, more diverse form. How can we unlock smalldevelopment in Boston and New England? Join developers, planners, architects, activists, entrepreneurs and others for a discussion on how we can rejuvenate the practice of small incremental development. Sessions will be hosted each month in Boston's Back Bay from 6 to 8pm. 

Pre-registration is required for building security purposes. Admission fee supports food and beer. Capacity is limited, so register now -- we look forward to your participation! CLICK HERE for registration and event details.

September 10: “Innovation in Real Estate Finance” with Bonnie Burgett and Benjamin Moll

Bonnie Burgett is the Co-founder of Sourced Capital, a real estate investment firm recently founded to raise capital for deals that have been analyzed and vetted by the company’s proprietary algorithms. The firm is committed to utilizing sophisticated analytics to evaluate properties on a risk-adjusted basis and make informed real estate investments. Bonnie co-authored, “Democratizing Commercial Real Estate Investing: The Impact of the JOBS Act and Crowdfunding on the Commercial Real Estate Market,” which was completed in August 2013, and she has continued to monitor and study the nascent real estate crowdfunding industry since then.

Benjie Moll spun Arx Urban out of Atlas Real Estate Partners, a $500 million real estate private equity fund based out of New York. Benjie previously oversaw a $1 billion mixed-use real estate portfolio for JP Morgan Global Real Assets, one of the largest real estate investment groups in the United States, and was a Real Estate Capital Markets Analyst at Barclays Capital. Benjie holds a BA, summa cum laude, from Tufts University and an MBA from Dartmouth’s Tuck School of Business where he graduated as Tuck Scholar, was a recipient of the Julia Stell Award for Leadership and was President of the Real Estate Club.

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"Sketching for the Rest of Us" Workshop with Bill Dennis
Sep
9
5:00pm 5:00pm

"Sketching for the Rest of Us" Workshop with Bill Dennis

Love to sketch? Or perhaps you don’t think you can draw?  Sketching is not meant to be ‘Art’, but a simple visual recording of YOUR unique view of the world. If you can write, you can sketch. 

Join CNU New England for a cityscape drawing lesson for EVERYONE! Urban designer Bill Dennis will show a method for 'hacking’  sketches that anyone can do to produce quick, concise, colorful sketches. Doors open at 5pm for Happy Hour, Bill will present his method at 5:30pm, and then we will take a walk outside and do some sketching.

Register HERE

About Bill Dennis
Bill Dennis is an architect and urban designer involved in over 150 New Urbanist projects spanning the last 25 years, including many projects in New England such as Mashpee Commons, Downtown Providence, Durham Center, and Londonderry New Hampshire.  Bill is a founding member of the Congress for the New Urbanism and led two Councils for New Urbanism on Housing and Form Based Codes. He is presently working on a City Center project for one million people near Nanjing, China.

Please bring sketchbooks or thick paper (watercolor), pen with waterproof ink, small watercolor travel kit, marker, or color pencil, and some portable water. There will be some extra supplies if you don’t have any. Also, make sure to have your smartphone with camera (if you have one). 

To see examples of urban sketching go to

http://drawyourownconclusion.blogspot.com

and

http://www.urbansketchers.org

This event is part of a monthly series hosted by CNU New England every second Wednesday of the month at Aurora. 
$10 general admission
$5 CNU-NE member / student  

Register HERE

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IMAGINE BOSTON 2030 Youth Brainstorm
Aug
26
4:00pm 4:00pm

IMAGINE BOSTON 2030 Youth Brainstorm

IMAGINE BOSTON 2030 Youth Brainstorm will be a lively conversation between Boston high school students and area design professionals about their visions for the city. Come join us in an ongoing discussion that will grow over the next two years, as Boston embarks on the citywide planning process with citizens of all ages  

There are opportunities to volunteer as facilitators to help moderate the discussion. If you are interested in volunteering. Please contact Gretchen Schneider at gschneider@architects.org. Enjoy food, music, dessert, & each other. Hope to see you there!

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Hub and Spoke: How to Connect Providence to Cranston on the East Coast Greenway
Jul
8
5:00pm 5:00pm

Hub and Spoke: How to Connect Providence to Cranston on the East Coast Greenway

Join the East Coast Greenway Alliance (ECGA) and the Rhode Island Bicycle Coalition (RI Bike) in a design charrette focused on connecting the Washington Secondary Bike Path (known locally as the Cranston Bike Path) to Providence River. This is an interactive discussion aimed at identifying opportunities to connect active transportation users safely and efficiently through this roughly 3.5 mile corridor. Join the discussion and help us close this crucial gap which is part of the 2,900 mile ECG, stretching from the Canadian border to Key West, Florida!

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Our Towns Tomorrow: Infrastructure Investment and Economic Development in New England’s Towns and Cities
Jun
17
7:30am 7:30am

Our Towns Tomorrow: Infrastructure Investment and Economic Development in New England’s Towns and Cities

  • Boston University Metcalf Trustee Center (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

How can New England’s small and medium-sized cities and towns best leverage infrastructure investment to support economic growth, resilience, and strong communities? Join New England Chapter of the Congress for the New UrbanismBoston University Initiative on Cities, and the Metropolitan Area Planning Council for breakfast on Monday, June 17. Katharine Lusk of the Boston University Initiative on Cities will offer introductory remarks for our conversation with Secretary of Housing and Economic Development Jay Ash on the future of the MassWorks Program and what it means for your community. 

Stay for an eye-opening discussion with Charles Marohn, PE, AICP, President of Strong Towns, a national leader in infrastructure and planning for municipalities, who will share practical advice on directing infrastructure investment for prosperous, resilient and fiscally sound municipalities and neighborhoods. Douglas Foy, founder and CEO of Serrafix and former Massachusetts Secretary of Commonwealth Development will facilitate the discussion.  [CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

FREE for elected officials (use promo code ELECT). Municipal group rate for staff & commissioners: 5 registrations for $100. Email Sam Scoppettone at sscoppettone@cnunewengland.org to apply. 

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Streetcar Revival: Providence, New England, and Lessons from the World's Best Transit City
Jun
10
5:00pm 5:00pm

Streetcar Revival: Providence, New England, and Lessons from the World's Best Transit City

Join CNU New England for a discussion of the Providence Streetcar project as well as insights from world-class transit systems. Our conversation will explore the potential impacts to Providence, the unique opportunities and challenges for streetcars in New England's towns and cities, and lessons learned from cities across the world. 

Martina Haggerty, Associate Director of Special Projects for the City of Providence Department of Planning and Development, will present current plans for the  Providence Streetcar. The planned modernstreetcar route will connect Rhode Island’s largest employment hubs, several world-class institutions, more than 50,000 people working in the urban core, numerous arts and events venues, and the State’s two main transportation hubs, while passing directly through the City’s key redevelopment area made available by the recent relocation of Interstate 195.

Dr. Norman Garrick, Associate Professor of Civil Engineering at the University of Connecticut will discuss lessons from streetcar systems around the world. Dr. Garrick specializes in the planning and design of transit, streets and highways, bicycle and pedestrian facilities, and parking policies. His writings and research have been featured in The Atlantic Cities, Planetizen, The Washington Post, The Denver Post, and The Hartford Courant. This year he was a Visiting Professor at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich. 

$5 admission. Please [CLICK HERE] to let us know that you're coming. 

 

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Somerville Public Space - Public Life Survey
May
27
to May 30

Somerville Public Space - Public Life Survey

Join Gehl studios and SomervillebyDesign in this unique opportunity to get first-hand experience of a public life survey. Volunteer to work side-by-side with Gehl Studios representatives as they observe and measure public life as it unfolds throughout a day in the life of Somerville’s streets and public spaces. The research will help the city document the public life of Somerville for the very first time and is important for bench-marking the success of future projects, making people more visible in the planning processes, as well as understanding how the design of public space supports or doesn't support public life from happening.

Survey days are Wednesday, May 27th and Saturday, May 30th (Thursday May 28th is a rain date). Volunteers will work at least one five-hour shift, but are encouraged to sign up for both days. Shifts will be:

·         7am – 12pm

·         12pm – 5pm

·         5pm – 10pm 

Survey locations and other logistics are still being determined by Gehl Studio and the City, but they will ensure that you are taken care of during your shift. Surveying is outside in the elements and does not involve talking to people, but instead will focus on observation of public life as it naturally unfolds.

 A required training will be held the evening of Tuesday, May 26th (6:30pm, location TBD). At this training session, you will learn how to measure public space and public life using Gehl Studio’s survey methodology and how people-centered data can be used to promote livability, measure impact, and change mindsets.

Those interested can sign up and indicate their availability here.  Please identify yourself as a CNU-NE member by writing “I am a CNU-NE member” in the last field of the survey. https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1BLYMF50hmrWssou_MazPmCcDqR9URQ2B-3H98G0_6RI/viewform

Hope to see you there!

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