Congress for New Urbanism in Providence


On Friday September 25, 2015, a group of the first inaugural class of Congress of New Urbanism fellows met in Providence to discuss and define their trailblazing roles for CNU. Many had not been back to Providence since 2006 when the CNU conference was held in the Creative Capital and happily enjoyed a private tour around our lively Downcity neighborhood.

Back Row L to R: Buff Chace, Peter Katz, Stephanie Bothwell, Galina Tachieva, Ellen Dunham-Jones, Dhiru Thadani

Seated L to R: Robert Orr, Emily Talen, Gianni Longo

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CNU names Cornish’s Buff Chace as Fellow

As reported in Better Cities & Towns the Congress for the New Urbanism has named Cornish’s Buff Chace as one of their first class of Fellows:

CNU named its inaugural class of Fellows—long-time members who have made significant contributions to the movement. The Fellows are among the first rank of new urban professionals—including architects, planners, urban designers, writers, public officials, and developers who have made an impact across the US and the world.

CNU says about Buff:

A pioneer in suburban retrofit and major developer in downtown Providence, Rhode Island, Chace built Mashpee Commons in Massachusetts. Chace owned a shopping plaza in Mashpee that he converted into an town center—New Urbanism’s first suburban retrofit—that now serves as the town’s commercial and social hub.

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