Revitalized corridors with plazas and green space. Town centers that blend into the surrounding street grid. Neighborhoods that emerge from abandoned malls. These outstanding projects are just a fraction of the diverse and innovative work of CNU members. From regional-scale visions to single-building historic renovations, our members engage across every profession, location, and level to build places people love.
Reknitting the urban fabric Orlando, Florida
In the mid-1990s, the City of Orlando faced the closure of the 1,100-acre Naval Training Center, two miles from downtown. The easiest reuse option for the land would have included big box stores, an office park, and/or suburban housing pods.
Reclaiming the median for development Salt Lake City, Utah
The width of streets in Salt Lake City are legendary. According to a popular story, Brigham Young, who led the Mormons in founding the city, wanted a team of oxen to be able to turn around in the street with room to spare.
Grass-roots culture generates community Decatur, Georgia
For one warm fall Sunday afternoon, “the most diverse musical lineup of any festival in Georgia,” according to one reviewer, transformed a neighborhood in Decatur, an inner-ring suburb of Atlanta.
Improving downtown for pennies on the dollar San Marcos, Texas
For one day in June 2014, the City of San Marcos worked to re-envision downtown using "Tactical Urbanism." Workers converted two blocks of street from one-way to two-way traffic using temporary paint.