Folks working outside of the real estate / architecture / city planning fields (and the many related industries) and those unexposed to deep thinking about "urbanism" may not be aware of some of the institutional underpinnings of the movement to make cities more livable for humans and sustainable as urban environments within a patchwork that spans the globe and collectively shares its resources. As lofty and potentially foreign as that may sound, it gets at the heart of the way we live day-to-day, and the movement is influencing how Atlanta is being built around you (somewhat, we should say; unfortunately, Atlanta is probably cited more for its shortcomings in city planning than its achievements). The Congress for the New Urbanism (CNU) is a 20 year-old organization whose mission revolves around, "promoting walkable, mixed-use neighborhood development, sustainable communities and healthier living conditions." Each year, CNU brings its membership- populated by many of the brightest minds in the architecture, planning and related disciplines- together for its annual Congress, where, among other things, the latest challenges presented by the planet Earth and its human population are addressed by some of the best thinkers in the field. 2012's conclave, titled CNU 20: The New World, kicked off today in West Palm Beach, Florida. Among the many media outlets providing coverage of the event and the many panel discussions and presentations that will take place is Next American City. If you find Curbed Atlanta interesting, there is no doubt you'll find some of the content generated by the CNU fascinating. Keep an eye on it and in some ways, you'll know the future.