2014 CNU Charter Awards Announced

Projects from Houston to Luxembourg honored; Tie for Grand Prize

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A contemporary transit-oriented development in Union City, California and a massive form-based code for Cincinnati, Ohio took top honors last night at the 13th Annual CNU Charter Awards. The ceremony was held at the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center in Buffalo, New York at the organization’s yearly Congress, which brings architects, urban planners, developers and advocates together to network, learn and collaborate.

Architect David Baker took the stage with a smile as his Station Center affordable housing project in Union City, California tied for grand prize. “This 157-unit housing block simply has it all,” commented Jeff Speck, who led the jury. “TOD, affordability, great public spaces indoors and out, LEED Platinum, hidden parking, community gardens, social services, recreation, and public art, all wrapped up in a lively, contemporary package.” Opticos Design, also of California, was the other grand prize winner for developing the largest form-based code in the country for Cincinnati, Ohio, which was adopted last year.  

The winners were selected by a very prestigious jury, including European sculptor and architect Rob Krier, modernist Arizona-based architect Will Bruder and CNU co-founder Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk. Winning projects are recognized 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.

“The quality of submissions we received this year was remarkable,” said Jury Chair Jeff Speck at the awards ceremony. “I served on a Charter Awards jury years ago, and many of the submitters didn’t understand new urbanism at all. It’s a testament to the impact CNU has had over the past two decades that the principles in the Charter are now embraced and reflected in projects around the world.”

The full list of winning projects is as follows:

GRAND PRIZE (TIE)

Cincinnati Citywide Form-Based Code: Opticos Design, Inc.

Station Center, Union City, California: David Baker Architects

 STUDENT PRIZE

GRAND PRIZE: Getting To It and Getting Through It: The Rehabilitation of Philadelphia's 30th Street Station District, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: University of Maryland

AWARD OF MERIT:  After Burnham: The Notre Dame Plan of Chicago 2109, Chicago, Illinois: University of Notre Dame Architecture Department

AWARD OF MERIT: Havana Waterfront, Havana, Cuba: University of Notre Dame

SPECIAL JURY AWARD

Jean Lafitte, Louisiana: Dover Kohl

BEST BLOCK

Karlstad, Swedenkarl: Brunnberg & Forshed Arkitektkontor AB 

BLOCK, AWARD OF MERIT

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania: Strada

BEST BUILDING-HOUSING 

Station Center, Union City, California: David Baker Architects

BEST BUILDING - CIVIC

Dunbar High School, Washington, DC: Perkins Eastman

BEST CITY PLAN

Curridabat City Plan, Curridabat, Costa Rica: Castillo Arquitectos

BEST CORRIDOR PLAN

Columbia Pike Initiative, Arlington, Virginia: County of Arlington

BEST DISTRICT PLAN

Sundance Square, Fort Worth, Texas: David M. Schwarz Architects, Inc.

BEST NEIGHBORHOOD PLAN

Southwest Waterfront, Washington, DC: Perkins Eastman

AWARD OF MERIT: Heart of Lake, Huixdang Island, China: Robert A.M. Stern Architects

BEST PLANNING TOOL OR PROCESS

Cincinnati Citywide Form-Based Code: Opticos Design, Inc.

AWARD OF MERIT: Fayetteville 2030: Food City Scenario, Fayettville, Arkansas: University of Arkansas Community Design Center

BEST STREET

Bagby Street Reconstruction and Bagby Street Infographics, Houston, Texas: Walter P. Moore  and Design Workshop

BEST SUBURBAN RETROFIT

Westlawn Gardens, Milwaukee, Wisconsin: Torti Gallas

BEST TACTICAL URBANISM

Tactical Urbanism Hamilton, Hamilton, Ontario: Street Plans Collaborative + The Hamilton-Burlington Society of Architects

BEST URBAN INFILL

Kendall Square: Goody Clancy

URBAN INFILL, AWARD OF MERIT:

Mining Basin, Pas de Calais, France: PAS DE CALAIS HABITAT + Marc Breitman & Nada Breitman Jakov

URBAN INFILL, AWARD OF MERIT:

Barn in Weiler-la-Tour, Weiler-la-Tour, Luxembourg: Colum Mulhern

CNU will begin accepting submissions for the 2015 Charter Awards at the beginning of November 2014.  Information on all the winners will be available soon on www.cnu.org. For press images, story details and interviews, contact CNU communications director Tim Halbur at thalbur@cnu.org.