2012 CNU Charter Awards Winners

12th Annual Charter Awards Honor Diverse Set of Projects Highlighting Best New Urbanist Practices

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CNU’s Charter Awards recognize excellence in architectural, landscape, and urban designs built in harmony with their physical and social contexts.  Awardees are selected for their excellence in fulfilling and advancing the principles of the Charter of the New Urbanism, which defines the essential qualities of walkable, sustainable places from the scale of the region down to the block and building. With the twentieth annual Congress for the New Urbanism - CNU 20 - just around the corner, the winners for the 12th annual CNU Charter Awards have been announced.

The Grand Prize winner this year is the South African firm Gary White & Associates for their "Verkykerskop: Small-Scale Argricultural Town,"  (The Region: Metropolis,City,Town category) a plan that successfully integrates sustainable agricultural and environmental management into the larger development fabric of the town. The winning entry in the Academic category belongs to "A Vision of Growth in Berrien Springs & Oronoko Charter Township, Michigan," from the Andrews University School of Architecture. Each grand prize winner will receive a gift of $3,500, courtesy of The Oram Foundation/Fund for the Environment & Urban Life.

The awards program again attracted a competitive field from around the world. Our panel of nine jurors spent a weekend in Ann Arbor, Michigan carefully reviewing entries which showed a thorough understanding and appreciation of the CNU Charter. As Jury Chair Doug Kelbaugh, Professor of Architecture and Urban Planning and former dean of the Taubman College of the University of Michigan, stated, “The level of sophistication displayed this year demonstrates a high architectural design standard."

In all, nine projects were judged to have best embodied and advanced the principles of the Charter of the New Urbanism. An additional four projects were identified for honorable mentions. Award winners and honorable mentions are listed below, and full project descriptions for all honorees are listed on the CNU Charter Awards web page at www.cnu.org/awards.


2012 RECIPIENTS
GRAND PRIZE WINNERS

Verkykerskop: Small-Scale Agricultural Town

Verkykerskop, South Africa | Gary White & Associates

A Vision For Growth and Conservation In The Village of Berrien Springs & Oronoko Charter Township, Michigan Academic Winner

Berrien Springs, Michigan | School of Architecture, Andrews University

NEIGHBORHOOD, DISTRICT, AND CORRIDOR

The New Wyvernwood - Boyle Heights Mixed-Use Community

Los Angeles, California | Torti Gallas and Partners, Inc.

Mount Rainier Mixed-Use Town Center Development Plan

Mount Rainier, Maryland | Cunningham | Quill Architects

The New Faubourg Lafitte

New Orleans, Louisiana | Urban Design Associates

THE BLOCK, STREET, AND BUILDING

Cambridge Public Library

Cambridge, Massachusettes | William Rawn Associates with Ann Beha Architects

The David Brower Center and Oxford Plaza

Berkeley, California | Daniel Solomon Design Partners

Georgetown "Social" Safeway

Georgetown, Washington, D.C. | Torti Gallas and Partners, Inc.

SCAD Museum of Art

Savannah, Georgia | Sottile & Sottile and Lord Aeck Sargent in association with Dawson Architects

HONORABLE MENTION

Bridge Street Corridor Study

Dublin, Ohio | Goody Clancy

Revive Cincinnati: Neighborhoods of the Lower Mill Creek Valley

Cincinnati, Ohio | Urban Design Associates

Fayetteville 2030: Transit City Scenario

Fayetteville, Arkansas | University of Arkansas Community Design Center

Melrose Commons LEED for Neighborhood Development

Bronx, New York | Magnusson Architecture and Planning, PC