The 2008 Winners of the Charter Awards

About the Charter Awards

Each year, CNU's Charter Awards recognize projects across the world that best embody and advance the principles of the Charter of the New Urbanism. As selected by a jury of leading urbanists, honorees set the gold standard for urban design and development and serve as powerful examples for future development.

The Charter Awards program is unique in its emphasis on the entirety of the built and natural environment -- from the function and sustainability of regions to the fine-grain architectural details that help strengthen people's ties to a place over time. The Charter Awards look at how plans and projects integrate with their contexts and, consequently, how they improve the human experience of the built and natural environments.

The Charter Awards will be presented on April 5, 2008 in a ceremony at CNU XVI in Austin, Texas. Learn more about registering for either the ceremony or the entire Congress.

Our award books, available for purchase from CNU, feature in-depth profiles and more photos of our award winners.Information on award winners from 2007 and previous years can be found online. CNU extends its congratulations to this year's award winners and its gratitude to the entire field of submitters that made the judging so competitive.



Charter Award 2008 Winners
The Region: Metropolis, City, and Town

Louisiana Speaks Regional Plan

State of Louisiana

Submitted by Calthorpe Associates

A Civic Vision for the Riverfront

Philadelphia, PA

Submitted by Wallace Roberts & Todd LLC
Vedanta University

Orissa, India

Submitted by Ayers/Saint/Gross Inc, Architects+Planners

King Abdullah University of Science and Technology

Thuwal, Saudi Arabia

Submitted by Hellmuth, Obata and Kassabaum Inc.

Neighborhood, District, and Corridor

Woodstock Downtown

Woodstock, Georgia

Submitted by Tunnell-Spangler-Walsh & Associates

Oakwood Shores

Chicago, IL

Submitted by FitzGerald Associates Architects

Rockville Town Square

Rockville, MD

Submitted by WDG Architecture

Mixson Avenue

North Charleston, SC

Submitted by I'On Group

Masterplan for Western Harbour

Leith Edinburgh, Scotland

Submitted by Robert Adam Architects


Block, Street, and Building

The Vision for Marion Square

Charleston, SC

Submitted by Fairfax & Sammons Architects

Atlantic & Pacific Development

Montgomery, Alabama

Submitted by City Loft Corporation

Almeria Row

Coral Gables, Florida

Submitted by de la Guardia Victoria Architects & Urbanists Inc.

A Pattern Book for Neighborly Houses

United States

Submitted by Urban Design Associates

A Living Tradition: Architecture of the Bahamas

The Bahamas

Submitted by Mouzon Design

Student Award

The North End Plan

Michigan City, IN

Submitted by Andrews University, School of Architecture

The Jury

Back row, from left Peter Park Community Planning & Development Manager, City and County of Denver, Colorado; Ben Bolgar Director of Design Theory & Networks, Princes Foundation for the Built Environment, London, England; Victor Dover Principal, Dover Kohl & Partners, Coral Gables, Florida Geoffrey Dyer Placemakers, Director of Canadian Operations and Principal and Urban Designer, Tsix Urbanists, Calgary, Alberta Front row, from left Katharine Kelley President, Green Street Properties, Atlanta, Georgia; Andrés Duany, Jury Chair Principal, Duany Plater Zyberk & Company, Miami, Florida; Karen Parolek Principal, Opticos Design, Inc, Berkeley, California Stefanos Polyzoides (not pictured) Principal, Moule & Polyzoides Architects and Urbanists, Pasadena, California; with Eleanor and Alicia (dogs)