Published: Jan. 3, 2020

Andres DuanyThe Adaptation Urbanism workshop, led by Andrés Duany, will explore principles of designing for climate change. Over the last few years, Duany and colleagues have been developing design responses to climate change building on New Urbanist tools and principles. In this workshop, Duany and others will unveil this new work and discuss how to apply these ideas to the Front Range. Join planners, architects and urban designers in this important discussion. 

Concepts used in the workshop include agrarian urbanism, climate comfort zones, co-housing, decanting, defensible space, equity, gift economy, light living, lean governance, local infrastructure, loose space, permaculture, pockets of resilient infrastructure, receiving regions and areas, relocation readiness, self-administration, self-sufficiency, sharing, slow city, slow food, slow money, subsidiarity, succession, third place, transect, urban farming and vernacular. 


Andrés Duany is a founder and principal partner at Duany Plater-Zyberk & Company, widely recognized as a leader of the New Urbanism, an international movement that seeks to end suburban sprawl and promotes environmentally friendly habits by creating walkable neighborhoods.  As an architect, urban designer, planner and author, he has influenced planners and designers worldwide and produced plans for hundreds of new and renewed communities across the globe. 

Duany led the development of the plan and code for Seaside, Florida; the Traditional Neighborhood Development (TND) zoning ordinance; the SmartCode, a form-based zoning code adopted by numerous municipalities seeking to encourage compact, mixed-use, walkable communities; the concept of the rural-to-urban transect; and inventive affordable housing designs, including Carpet Cottages and Cabanons. Locally, Duany also designed the popular Prospect development in Longmont, the state’s first new urbanist neighborhood. 

Event Information

Who: Planners, designers, city officials, faculty, students and anyone interested.

What: Adaptation Urbanism Workshop with Andrés Duany

When: Saturday, Feb. 15, 9:30-6:30 p.m.

Where: CU Boulder, Environmental Design Building, 1060 18th St., ENVD 134, Boulder

Cost: New, reduced price $50, includes lunch! Space is limited and is on a first-come, first-serve basis. A limited number of scholarships are available for students, but must be requested in advance by first registering for a scholarship and emailing the request to



Hosted by: Community Engagement, Design and Research Center (CEDaR) and the University of Colorado Boulder

He is the author of many essays and articles and co-author of several books including, "Suburban Nation: the Rise of Sprawl and the Decline of the American Dream," "The SmartCode," "The Smart Growth Manual," Garden Cities: Agricultural Urbanism" and "The New Civic Art."

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Seaside, a community planned by CNU co-founders Andrés Duany and Elizabeth Plater-Zyber.













Tentative Schedule
9:30 - 10:30 a.m.
Presentation: Introduction and premises

10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Discussion: Recommendations and practice 
Adaptation concepts and patterns

12 - 1:30 p.m.
Lunch (provided)

1:30 - 4:30 p.m.
Presentation and discussion: Key concepts and patterns.

5 - 6:30 p.m.