Legacy Projects

  • Crosstown_Concourse_2018_Charter_LooneyRicksKiss
    From former warehouse to "vertical village"
    <strong>Crosstown Concourse</strong>&nbsp; <em>Memphis, Tennessee</em>

    Build Great Places / #thisiscnu

  • 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>

    Build Great Places / #thisiscnu

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

    Build Great Places / #thisiscnu

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

    Build Great Places / #thisiscnu

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

    Build Great Places / #thisiscnu

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

    Build Great Places / #thisiscnu

  • 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>

    Build Great Places / #thisiscnu

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

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What are CNU Legacy Projects?

Each year, in conjunction with its annual Congress, CNU invites municipalities and neighborhood organizations within the Congress's host region to apply for pro-bono technical assistance from leading urban design firms. Through public engagement and collaboration, CNU’s Legacy Projects strive to demonstrate the power of great urban design beyond the boundaries of each selected community, and targeted communities experience both short-term progress and long-lasting momentum


Letter of Interest Due:
September 10, 2021

Oklahoma City is hosting the 30th Annual Congress for New Urbanism (CNU), an international gathering of urban planners, designers, and developers March 23-26, 2022. CNU invites letters of interest from member firms to lead Congress Legacy Projects.

Congress Legacy Projects are 3-5 day pro-bono neighborhood design workshops in our host region, led by national experts in planning, design, and architecture. Legacy Projects focus on downtowns, neighborhoods, commercial districts, or corridors. They are centered around community engagement and participation from local stakeholders and residents, and result in a near-term action plan addressing topics like infill development, affordability, parks, transportation, etc. These are designed to be short, creative charrettes that give community members a sense of buy-in and progress; they are not intended to be master plans.

Firms:CNU members can apply to lead Congress Legacy Projects as a Design Team. The Letter of Interest should indicate the Design Team's areas of specialization and the reason for interest in leading a Legacy Project.

Expectations:Selected Design Teams will:

  • Participate in and organize regular calls with the Host Community, with scheduling assistance from CNU as needed.
  • Arrange and book travel as needed, including airfare and transportation.
  • Develop an agenda with the Host Community that:
    • Establishes closed studio hours to develop content,
    • Allows adequate time for discovery with key community stakeholders, and
    • Encourages public engagement.
  • Work with the local project leaders to ensure public engagement before, during, and after the Legacy Project workshop in conjunction with the Host Community.
  • Provide supplies and materials necessary to execute the workshop.
  • Identify strategies for short, medium, and long term implementation of the plan(s).
  • Develop a final report to be delivered to the Host Community and hosted on cnu.org. 

Compensation: CNU will provide a stipend to cover direct travel costs for the Design Team for a single trip to the Host Community to complete the design workshop. .

Selection and Criteria: Letters of interest will be evaluated by a panel of CNU staff and Local Host Committee members. The panel will consider the Design Team's fit for the community projects selected. The evaluation may be followed up with a phone call or interview for additional information.


To express interest in hosting a Congress Legacy Project, submit a letter of interest (2-page maximum) to Ben Crowther at bcrowther@cnu.org by September 3, 2021.
A letter of interest should include the following:

  • Introduction of the Design Team. Identify a single point of contact.
  • Summary of Design Team's specializations and reasons for wanting to lead a Congress Legacy Project.
  • Summary of Design Team’s capacity to support the project.

For more information on previous CNU Legacy Projects, click here.


Letter of Interest Due: September 10, 2021
Selected Firms Notified: September 30, 2021
Kick-Off Call with Local Partners: Week of October 11, 2021
Organizing Calls: October 2021 - January 2022
Workshops: January 31 - February 4, 2022 OR February 7 - February 11
CNU 30.Oklahoma City: March 23-26, 2022