Legacy Projects
  • UCLA Weyburn | Los Angeles, CA
    From parking lot to urban tour-de-force. #thisiscnu

    Build Great Places / #thisiscnu

  • Ponce City Market | Atlanta
    A unique building becomes a hub for historic neighborhoods. #thisiscnu

    Build Great Places / #thisiscnu

  • Village of Providence | Huntsville, Alabama
    Expanding options for a car-oriented suburban area. #thisiscnu

    Build Great Places / #thisiscnu

  • South Main | Buena Vista, Colorado
    An inspiring town extension. #thisiscnu

    Build Great Places / #thisiscnu

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

    Build Great Places / #thisiscnu

  • Storrs Center | Mansfield, CT
    A mixed-use center for town and gown. #thisiscnu

    Build Great Places / #thisiscnu

Each year, CNU's Legacy Projects partners with our Congress host region to empower local leaders, advocates, and residents to implement New Urbanist principles and build places where people and businesses can thrive and prosper. Each Legacy Project culminates in a three-day workshop on site to explore opportunities, identify crucial roadblocks, engage local residents in visioning, and generate top-of-the-line design and placemaking strategies and deliverables.

Once host communities determine their own needs and areas of focus, CNU’s expert designers—national leaders in architecture, planning, placemaking, and revitalization—partner with local leaders and advocates to prepare the scope of work, host the on-site workshop, and create the final design deliverables. Those final documents are visual, engaging, strategic, and meant to be implemented immediately.

In February 2017, as part of CNU 25.Seattle, CNU will bring its Congress Legacy Projects to two Seattle-area communities:

Seattle Central Area
FEBRUARY 25-27, 2017 . Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute

"Identifying Essential Elements of Character to Reflect in Design Guidelines for Seattle’s Central Area"

Host: Central Area Design Guidelines Coalition
Lead: Opticos Design
Support: Gibbs Planning Group
Sponsors: Central Area Design Guidelines Coalition, The City of Seattle, and Congress for the New Urbanism


  • Urban Structure Briefing—Saturday, February 25 | 8:00 - 9:00 AM
  • Open Studio—Saturday, February 25 | 4:00 - 6:00 PM
  • Open House—Monday, February 27 | 5:00 - 7:00 PM
  • Closing Presentation—Monday, February 27 | 7:00 - 9:00 PM

Read the final Seattle Central Area Legacy Project report.

Tukwila, WA
February 23-25, 2017 . The Church by the Side of the Road

"Tukwila International Boulevard: A Rising Neighborhood"

Host: City of Tukwila
Lead: PlaceMakers
Support: Mouzon Design, Andrews University, Crabtree Group, Fuller Sears Architects, Gibbs Planning Group, and Zimmerman/Volk Associates
Sponsors: The City of Tukwila, King County GreenTools, and Congress for the New Urbanism


  • Public Workshop—Thursday, February 23 | 6:00 - 7:30 PM
  • Open Studio—Friday, February 24 | 1:00 - 3:30 PM
  • Open Studio—Friday, February 24 | 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
  • Open House—Saturday, February 25 | 6:30 - 8:00 PM

Read the final Tukwila, WA Legacy Project report. 

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