• Southside
    Ten acres that transformed a city #thisiscnu

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  • A mixed-use center for town and gown
    <strong>Storrs Center</strong> <em>Mansfield, CT</em>

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  • Jazz Market New Orleans Audience Seating
    Jazz Market New Orleans Audience Seating
    Trumpeting a cultural revival
    <strong>Peoples Health New Orleans Jazz Market</strong>&nbsp; <em>New Orleans, Louisiana</em>

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  • From parking lot to urban tour-de-force
    <strong>UCLA Weyburn</strong>&nbsp;<em>Los Angeles, California</em>

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  • Historic arcade houses young professionals
    <strong>Microlofts at The Arcade Providence</strong>&nbsp;<em>Providence, Rhode Island</em>

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  • Mercado District | Tucson, Arizona
    A timeless place from the ground up. #thisiscnu

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  • Expanding options for a car-oriented suburban area
    <strong>Village of Providence</strong> <em>Huntsville, AL</em>

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  • A unique building becomes a hub for historic neighborhoods
    <strong>Ponce City Market</strong> <em>Atlanta, GA</em>

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    Crosstown_Concourse_2018_Charter_LooneyRicksKiss
    From former warehouse to "vertical village"
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GENERAL

1. What are the judging criteria?
2. What are the project categories?
3. When is the deadline?
4. How do I submit?
5. What is the entry fee?
6. How should I design my entry?
7. How do I know you received my entry? 
8. When will the winners be announced?

ELIGIBILITY

9. Are codes, manuals, plans, studies, or other documents eligible?
10. Are projects outside the U.S. or by firms based outside the U.S. eligible?
11. Does it matter if my project is built or unbuilt?
12. Can project teams submit multiple entries in a given year?
13. What would make my entry ineligible?

FORMAT

14. What are the format requirements?
15. What should be included in my entry?
16. How many images should I enter?
17. What size of format should the digital images be in?

GENERAL

1. What is the judging criteria?

Charter Awards entries are judged on the extent to which they fulfill and advance the principles of the Charter of the New Urbanism, which defines the essential qualities of outstanding building and urban places from the scale of the region to the building and block. The Charter Awards recognize excellence in architectural, landscape, and urban designs built in harmony with their physical and social contexts as well as the policies, plans, and codes that structure them.

Charter Award-winning projects should represent more than just beautiful neighborhoods, buildings, and streets. They are projects that have improved residents’ health and happiness, financially strengthened local governments, and helped protect the natural environment. In short, the Charter Awards honor places that celebrate people and improve their lives.

This year the jury is especially looking for projects that

  1. Complement and respect the historic character and context of their urban, suburban, or rural environments, and/or
  2. Create positive operational change within and among the public/private institutions that play a role in managing growth and development in jurisdictions and regions.

However, any project that meets the application criteria will also be considered.

Projects that embody a wide range of Charter principles are more desirable than ones that embody fewer principles. The judging criteria favor built or implemented work, yet also acknowledge that large-scale plans can take years to implement physically.

 

2. What are the project categories?

Charter Awards submissions are categorized based on their submitter as either Professional or Student, and must fall into one of three scales:

  • Region, City, and Town
  • Neighborhood, District, and Corridor
  • Block, Street, and Building

New for 2019: To highlight design and urbanist innovations in the planning and design process, an applicant can designate the project as an "Emerging Project." These projects include research or early-stage projects that show exceptional merit in advancing the practice of New Urbanism. They may be at any geographic scale (region, Metropolis, City, Town: Neighborhood, District, Corridor; or Block, Street, Building).​

 

3. When is the deadline?

Entries should be received by 11:59 pm ET on January 8, 2019.

 

4. How do I submit?

All entries should be submitted digitally via the CNU Awards CMS System.

 

5. What is the entry fee?

The standard entry fee is $300 per project for CNU members and $500 per project for non-members. Student and faculty entries are $50 per project, which includes a one-year CNU student membership. Multiple entries require multiple payments.

 

6. How should I design my entry?

Because CNU staff will extract text and images from Charter Awards submissions for the anonymous judging process, extensive visual styling of applications is advised against.

 

7. How do I know you received my entry?

CNU will email a confirmation after your entry materials have been received, and will let you know if there has been a problem.

 

8. When will the winners be announced?

CNU recognizes all award recipients on its website, in a publication that profiles all winning entries, and at an annual awards ceremony. This year's ceremony will be held during CNU's twenty-seventh annual Congress, which runs from June 12-15, 2019 in Louisville, Kentucky. Winning project teams can send representatives to attend the awards ceremony tentatively scheduled for June 14, 2019. Winners will be notified prior to those dates, but the public will not be notified until the Congress.

 

ELIGIBILITY

9. Are codes, manuals, plans, studies, or other documents eligible?

Yes. Projects for general implementation of planning and design techniques – such as policies, standards, model codes, guidelines, manuals, and/or pattern books – can be submitted as long as they adhere to the submission guidelines. Preference will be given to projects that have been implemented on the ground.

 

10. Are projects outside the U.S. or by firms based outside the U.S. eligible?

Yes. Prior awards have gone to projects and awardees on six continents. We do require payment in U.S. dollars, preferably using a credit card.

 

11. Does it matter if my project is built or unbuilt?

Our judging criteria strongly favor built work or implemented plans. Photographs of built work are also strongly preferred over renderings or illustrations. We acknowledge, however, that particularly at the Regional, City, and Town scale, even outstanding plans can take years to reach full implementation. In addition, our new Emerging Projects category signals our interest in encouraging work that is research-based or in the early stages.

 

12. Can project teams submit multiple entries in a given year?

Yes, a project team can submit more than one entry.

 

13. What would make my entry ineligible?

If any member of the 2019 jury, or members of their firm or organization, are or were part of a project's professional team or a participant in its implementing process, that project is ineligible for entry this year. The onus is on the entrant to check if there is a connection. If a connection is found, the entry will be removed from the jury review and a refund will be given, minus a $30 processing fee. See the list of this year's jury members.

 

FORMAT

14. What are the format requirements?

All entries for the Charter Awards must be blind entries. All entries should be submitted digitally via the CNU Charter Awards CMS System. Please create a login and password for the system and follow the prompts for your entry.

Text within the booklet should be in a clear and legible font and size and follow length restrictions.

 

15. What should be included in my entry?

Materials that should be included in your entries are your digital entry form, your .pdf booklet with entry materials (project information sheet, project description, response to charter principles, lessons learned, and illustrations), and up to nine hi-res images. Please see the 2019 Charter Awards entry guidelines.

 

16. How many images should I enter?

CNU requires you to upload up to nine high-resolution photos (of at least 2000x840px) of your project as single files (i.e., outside of the application). You will be prompted to do so while going through the online submission process and will want to have those files handy when preparing to submit your entry. Photos of completed built projects are required in addition to any renderings or illustrations.

The following three images are required: at least one site or area plan showing the project’s land use, street networks, and other elements of its urbanism; a map or aerial photo showing the larger context in which the project is located and clearly identifying the project’s site boundaries; and at least one image showing the design or plan in use by people (photos are preferred unless the project is not complete). In the case of plans, research, and early-stage projects, a relevant image may be substituted (e.g., a photograph of a charrette or civic engagement, a rendering showing how a project may be used, etc.). In addition, you will be required to submit up to nine individual hi-res images of the project.

Your .pdf booklet should contain at least five but no more than twelve pages of captioned images. These can be the same images you submit separately with your submission, or they may be difference images. Please note that jurors pay particular attention to photos of the final project, especially the design and form of the building(s), the relationship to the street and surrounding neighborhood, and how the site or design is actually used by people. Good context diagrams, drawings, and images play a critical role in jury decision making. Additionally, CNU urges applicants not to submit applications in highly styled or elaborate format. Applications are read electronically, and more complex formats can result in small text and difficult-to-understand photos. At least one image should show people using the project. This image should be an actual photograph unless the project has not yet broken ground or been sufficiently completed to be used.

 

17. What size or format should the digital images be in?

Please submit your images at a resolution of at least 2000 x 900 pixels.