The Congress for New Urbanism (CNU) has recently established a professional accreditation program called the CNU-A.  Click on their link here to learn more on how to become a  CNU-A.  The University of Miami administers the Exam required to become a CNU-A.  The best part is that it is currently available online which works great for me being in South America.  The University also provides an excellent online course that provides an in-depth overview of the history, Principles, & Current Practice of the New Urbanism. The course ‘The Principles and Practice of New Urbanism’  is 6 weeks long, offered 3 times a year, & can be taken as a preparation to the exam which is administered right after the course.

I just finished up the course and took the exam last week.  Exam results will be released in 5 weeks.  The course is excellant!  I couldn’t get enough.  It was packed full of great resourses!  There are plently of recommended books, articles, links, surveys, projects, videos, etc. that are shared through out the course.  What I want to share today are the 3 required books that are needed for the course and for sure anyone wanting to be a New Urbanist.

They are the following:

SUBURBAN NATION: The rise of Sprawl and the Decline of the American Dream


  • Andres Duany
  • Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk
  • & Jeff Speck


Author: Several

Signed by 266 attendees of the 4th CNU and adopted in 1996

Includes the 27 Principles (each with an essay) of the Charter

Click here for the 27 Principles



  • Philip Langdon
  • Robert Steuteville
  • & Special Contributors