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1. What is 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. What is the Small-Scale Intervention category?
7. How should I design my entry?
8. How do I know you received my entry?
9. When will the winners be announced?
10. Are codes, manuals, plans, studies, or other documents eligible?
11. Are projects outside the U.S. or by firms based outside the U.S. eligible?
12. Does it matter if my project is built or unbuilt?
13. Can project teams submit multiple entries in a given year?
14. What would make my entry ineligible?
15. What are the format requirements?
16. What should be included in my entry?
17. How many images should I enter?
18. What size or format should the digital images be in?
19. How many images should be on each page?

 

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.   

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 four scales:

  • Region, City, and Town
  • Neighborhood, District, and Corridor
  • Block, Street, and Building
  • Small-Scale Intervention

 

3. When is the deadline?

Entries should be received by or on January 6, 2017

 

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. For entries in the Small-Scale Intervention category, that fee is reduced to $125 for members and $150 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. What is the Small-Scale Intervention category?

This year, we've introduced a new category entitled Small-Scale Interventions—designed to capture the temporary and tactical installations that have become an essential tool for urbanist work. Submissions should discuss the community process that led to the installation and the length of time that the project stood. Small-Scale submissions pay a discounted rate and may submit a three-minute or greater video in lieu of their application document.

 

7. 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.

 

8. 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.

 

9. 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-fifth annual Congress, which runs from May 3-6, 2017 in Seattle, Washington. Winning project teams can send representatives to attend the awards ceremony on May 4. Winners will be notified prior to those dates, but the public will not be notified until the Congress.

ELIGIBILITY

 

10. 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.

 

11. 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.

 

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

As of 2017, 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 even outstanding plans can take years to reach full implementation.

 

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

Yes, a project team can submit more than one.

 

14. What would make my entry ineligible?

If any member of the 2017 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.

Note: Academic entries in which work was completed in a studio course taught or advised by a jury member are permitted, with such juror recusing him/herself from judging the entry.

FORMAT

 

15. 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. 

 

16. 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 2017 Charter Awards entry guidelines.

 

17. How many images should I enter?

Within your booklet, submit at least five but no more than twelve pages of captioned images. The following two images are required: at least one site or area plan showing the project’s land use, street networks, and other elements of its urbanism; and a map or aerial photo showing the larger context in which the project is located and clearly identifying the project’s site boundaries. In addition, you will be required to submit up to nine individual hi-res images of the project.

 

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

Please submit your images at a resolution of at least 2000x900 pixels. 

 

19. How many images should be on each page?

You have the freedom to design your booklet as you wish! However, the more legible an image is, the better.

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