Brewery Tour & Tasting / 3:00-5:00 PM / Pearl Street Grill & Brewery @ 76 Pearl St. [Google Maps]
Break the ice with cold brewskis with the next generation of New Urbanists at the Pearl Street Grill & Brewery. The brewery will reveal a special brew made specially for the 22nd Congress for the New Urbanism.
Canals & Cocktails / 5:00-9:00 PM / Canal District Ruins (near the Whipple Truss Bridge) Commercial Slip
Pre-game the congress at a happy hour and networking event at the “ruins” of the Canal District, a once Venetian-like waterfront neighborhood wiped away during urban renewal, and now being resurrected. Discover the restored and re-watered terminus of the Erie Canal, long buried under a parking lot. Meet local activists and special guest Ray Oldenberg, sociologist and writer of The Great Good Place, which revealed how bars, coffee shops, general stores, and other “third places” are central to local democracy and community vitality.
At 7:30 pm, a free R-rated tour of the historic Canal District will be offered. The event is co-sponsored by Friends of the Buffalo Story.
Opening Night Mixer & Infamous Pub Crawl / 7pm to 11pm / Pan American Grill & Brewery @ Lafayette Hotel, at 391 Washington St. [Google Maps]
Join CNU NextGen at the congress kick-off mixer at the Pan-American Grill & Brewery, located in the Lafayette Hotel. Peatónito, Mexico City’s masked pedestrian revolutionary, will offer up a presentation and short film at 7 pm. At 8 pm, join Peatónito and local Buffalovers as they depart on NextGen’s annual pub crawl, which will hit up some of the Rust Belt’s coolest watering holes. On tap will be Tappo, Brady’s, Dinosaur BBQ, Founding Fathers… and who knows what next! The event is co-sponsored by Buffalo’s Young Preservationists.
Ineffably Urban / 7:30pm to 9:30pm / Hallwalls at 341 Delaware Ave. [Google Maps]
Take in contemporary art and a reading from Ineffably Urban, a new book by Miriam Paeslack that explores Buffalo’s transition from an economy based on heavy industry to a future economy now being defined. Hallwalls itself, a contemporary art center in a repurposed, narrowly saved church, is a must-see!
Strong Towns Roundtable Podcast / Noon – 2pm @ Pan American Grill & Brewery @ Lafayette Hotel at 391 Washington St. [Google Maps]
Sit down with Chuck Marohn of StrongTowns at the Lafayette Hotel for a casual discussion of today’s hot topics.
Silos, Brews, & Bonfires / 6:30pm to 11pm @ Silo City, Ohio St and Childs St [Google Maps]
Buffalo’s Silo City is a landscape unlike any other on the planet. Grain elevators—the largest collection of such structures anywhere—tower over the Buffalo River, once the world’s largest grain port. Buffalo’s role as grain capital virtually ended when the St. Lawrence Seaway opened in 1959, but these industrial giants remain, awaiting adaptive reuse. Explore these ruins with local activists. Food trucks, kegs of local beer, and a bonfire will be highlights.
Andrés Duany and Sjoerd Soeters / 8pm @ Silo City (above): Both will give a special presentation at 8 pm.
Need a ride? At 5:30 pm at the Convention Center, hop on the Open Air Autobus for a $35, 90-minute waterfront tour that will conclude at Silo City (and bring you back!). The event is sponsored by the Campaign for Greater Buffalo.
Sugar Body Surge / 6pm -9pm @ Body of Trade & Commerce Gallery/ Sugar City/Resurgence Brewing Co., 1250 Niagara St. [Google Maps]
Join in on this West Side art event that brings together two arts entities—Sugar City and BT&C Gallery—which are driving forces in the resurrection of one of Buffalo’s forgotten industrial landscapes. Installations and urban interventions by local artists will show creative placemaking at work. The event will include a sneak peek into the city’s latest craft brewery, Resurgence Brewing Co.
IMPORTANT NOTE: All of today’s NextGen Events will be at the Lafayette Hotel (391 Washington St.)
First “Street Design Book” Run / 7:45am – 8:45am @ Lafayette Hotel Lobby at 391 Washington St.
Experience Buffalo at street level. Join Victor Dover (on a Brompton due to an injury) and John Simmerman on a morning run around Buffalo! This will be an excellent networking event with two of the best urban / active living experts in the United States.
Tactical Urbanism – Park-In / 5pm – 11am
CNU NextGen is partnering with the American Society of Landscape Architects, Upstate Chapter, to turn several on-street parking spaces at the Lafayette Hotel into pop-up parks. Construction will start at noon, with unveiling at 5 pm.
Buffalo New Urbanism Film Screening / 5pm – 11pm
The inaugural New Urbanism Film Festival in Los Angeles in 2013 was a huge success. Audiences were provoked, inspired, and challenged to build better places for themselves and their communities. Now the festival producers are taking the show on the road with a special screening of the award winning videos of NUFF2013. The world premier of “Olmsted’s Enduring Legacy,” a WNED documentary on Buffalo’s park and parkway system, will be featured at 5 pm.
Pecha Kucha / 6pm Start / Featuring NextGen Presentations of 6 minutes.
Debate / 8pm Start / 3 Debates
- Chuck Wolfe v. Mike Lydon [Tactical Urbanism Without Effort]
- Matt Lambert v. Kenny Craft [New Urbanism & Architecture]
- Karja Hansen v. Jim Kunstler [TBA]
The NextGen Late Show / 10pm Start / Get comfortable, grab a drink and laugh at Chuck Marohn as he takes a shot at humor in this Late Show replicate.
[Another] “Street Design Book” Run / 7:45am – 8:45am @ Lafayette Hotel, 391 Washington St.
Experience Buffalo at street level. Join Victor Dover and John Simmerman on a morning run around Buffalo!
Rookie Developers Meetup/Breakfast / 8am – 9am @ Brawler’s Back-Alley Deli [Google Maps]
Join us for a gathering of developers and aspiring developers interested in building smaller scale/incremental urban projects. Rookies, come and find a mentor, expand your network, and reduce your learning curve! Seasoned developers, come and help rookies avoid your mistakes.
Five Points + / 11am – 3pm @ Five Points (Rhode Island St and West Utica St.) [Google Maps]
“Five Points +” neighborhood stakeholders, business owners, and concerned citizens will leverage tactical urbanism to traffic calm a dangerous, problematic intersection. Expect a street party, art, chalk, and greenery, to boot! Peatónito, Mexico City’s masked pedestrian revolutionary, will be a participant!
Lunch at the Roycroft / 12:15pm – 3:15pm / Departs from Convention Center
Elbert Hubbard, the marketing genius of the Larkin Co., took early retirement and founded Roycroft, an Arts and Crafts-inspired colony of artists and artisans in East Aurora, south of Buffalo, in 1895. Eventually numbering over 500, his followers built a number of Roycroft buildings, including an inn, powerhouse, and several workshops. This tour takes us directly to the Roycroft Inn, magnificently restored and filled with Arts and Crafts furniture, decorative fixtures, and murals. A reasonably-priced lunch will be available (tour and transportation cost does not include meal). Cost is $40.
Tour de Neglect / 12:30-2:30 PM / Departs from Lafayette Hotel @ 391 Washington St
Activist, blogger, and photographer David Torke will give the Tour de Neglect, which will guide cyclists across the oceanic devastation of Buffalo’s East Side. Starting and ending at bookends of hope, with chapters on change in between, the Tour de Neglect will include all the scandal of the Tour de France without its spandex and champagne. This tour should come with a warning label: “May inspire feelings of civic duty and moral outrage.” The Tour de Neglect will include stops at St. Ann’s Church, Wilson Street Farm, Buffalo Central Terminal, William Simon brewery, Sacred Heart Church, and Larkin Power House. Two dozen bicycles will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis. An optional lunch will follow at a to-be-disclosed location. The tour is free.
Kickball Tournament / 2:30pm (2 games each) @ Central Wharf at Foot of Main St. [Google Maps]
Join NextGen for the First Annual CNU NextGen Kickball Tournament. Sign up here.