Cash Prizes Added to 2011 Charter Awards

Grand Prize will be given for outstanding fulfillment of Charter Principles

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CNU is pleased to announce that the CNU Charter Awards now comes with a financial prize. Through the generous support of the Fund for the Environment & Urban Life, CNU will be offering $5,000 for the best professional project and $1,000 for the best academic project.    

From its inception, the CNU Charter Awards seek to recognize the best of new urbanists’ work. Going into its 11th year, CNU's Charter Awards have generated more than 1,200 entries and recognized over 150 projects from more than 100 firms or schools.  

CNU is now seeking submissions for the 2011 Charter Awards. The awards recognize outstanding design, development and policy achievements from around the world that embody the principles of the Charter of the New Urbanism. CNU invites your submissions – whether the work is architecture, landscape, and urban design, or the publications, policies, plans, and codes that shape urbanism. Awards are invited across the Charter's three scales, from broad regions to individual blocks and buildings, and at any step in the implementation process. 
Awards are selected by a jury of distinguished urbanists, led this year by CNU co-founder Elizabeth Moule, Principal of Moule & Polyzoides, Architects and Urbanists, and judged on the extent to which they fulfill and advance the principles of the Charter of the New Urbanism. Submitters also have the opportunity to describe how projects advance the operating principles in the Canons of Sustainable Architecture and Urbanism, found at    

The format of the Charter Awards will remain largely the same; projects will be asked to submit under three scales of the charter and the jury will select a group of award winners – typically between 8 and 12 projects. For their outstanding fulfillment of the principles of New Urbanism, the Grand Professional Prize and the Grand Academic Prize will be chosen from the final group.   

Submit your projects by the January 12, 2011 deadline. For more information on eligibility and submission requirements, please visit the awards site at