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

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

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

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

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

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Revitalized corridors with plazas and green space; town centers that blend into surrounding streets; neighborhoods that emerge from abandoned malls; energy efficient affordable housing adjacent to transit—These project types represent a fraction of the range and diversity of CNU members’ outstanding work.

From regional-scale visions to single-building historic renovations, CNU members engage in the full range of activities needed to build places people love. We are the planners, designers, developers, engineers, public outreach specialists, local municipal officials, and inspired stakeholders.

CNU member projects adhere to the Charter of the New Urbanism and often emerge from extensive public engagement—so they respond to genuine needs and visions relating to where and how people want to live, work, shop, and play.

Explore our projects. Discover how, in the last 25 years, CNU members have been responsible for transforming cities, towns, neighborhoods, and streets into thriving, diverse places that promote and celebrate people. They are places where community is created, visitors return, and residents don’t want to leave. Places that inspire us and capture the imagination. Places people love. #thisiscnu

*Full project database coming soon.


  • Redeveloping a hole in the urban fabric

    CITYCENTER, WASHINGTON, DC
    The New York Times described the plan for CityCenter, Washington, DC’s newest downtown icon, as a “modern day Rockefeller Center.” While comparisons to the iconic 1930s development may sound like hyperbole, CityCenter is an impressive addition to the city and one of the largest redevelopment...Read more
  • Rebuilding a block at the heart of downtown

    MARKET SQUARE PLACE, PITTSBURGH
    Pittsburgh’s Market Square was historically a bustling hub of locals and street merchants at the heart of downtown. Heavy cast iron buildings and fire-brick masonry gave the neighborhood a unique architectural charm. But by 2000, most stores that front the square had closed. Crumbling facades added...Read more
  • Mixed-use density in a suburban center

    CLARENDON CENTER, ARLINGTON, VIRGINIA
    Building density that supports walkable urban centers is a key strategy of new urbanists—but this goal is challenging in already built-out suburbs. Existing conditions, space constraints, zoning restrictions, and long approval processes often present obstacles. Despite those barriers, Arlington,...Read more
  • Transforming ‘barracks’ into a neighborhood

    WESTLAWN GARDENS, MILWAUKEE
    Born as a public housing tract on Milwaukee’s northwest side, Westlawn was originally developed in the 1950s to provide affordable dwellings for families. Referred to as “barracks housing,” the site’s buildings were inefficient, undersized for many families in need, and isolated residents from...Read more

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