Charter Awards

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

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

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

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

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

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  • A mixed-use center for town and gown
    <strong>Storrs Center</strong> <em>Mansfield, CT</em>

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  • Southside
    Ten acres that transformed a city #thisiscnu

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The CNU Charter Awards recognize exemplary work by CNU members and their allies who design and build places people love. The winners not only embody and advance the principles of the Charter of the New Urbanism, they make a difference in people's lives.

The Charter identifies three major scales of geography for design and policy purposes. The largest scale is composed of regions. The middle scale is made up of neighborhoods, districts, and corridors. The smallest scale is composed of blocks, streets, and buildings.

The Charter Awards are given to projects at each scale, with special recognition reserved for the best projects at the professional and student levels. The CNU Charter Awards, given annually since 2001, are the world's preeminent award for urban design, placemaking, and community building.

2024 Charter Award Winners:

Grand Prize

  • Bulevar de Oriente, Cali, Colombia—Alcuadrado Arquitectos SAS + Secretaria de Vivienda social y hábitat

Charter Award Winners

  • Brookline High School Expansion, Brookline, Massachusetts—William Rawn Associates
  • Just Imagine SWLA, Calcasieu and Cameron Parishes, Louisiana—Community Foundation Southwest Louisiana and Urban Design Associates
  • Kingston Forward, Kingston, New York—Dover, Kohl & Partners
  • Winthrop Family Historical Garden, Chicago, Illinois—MKSK, Inc.

Merit Award Winners

  • Casa de Luz, Austin, Texas—Shambala Corp
  • Eddy Street Neighborhood, South Bend, Indiana—Looney Ricks Kiss
  • Finley Street Cottages, Atlanta, Georgia—Kronberg Urbanists + Architects
  • Rebuilding Tremont Street in Mission Hill, Boston, Massachusetts—New Urban Partners and Principle Group
  • RiverFront Revitalization, Omaha, Nebraska—HDR
  • Smart Streets Design Plan, Buffalo, New York—Buffalo’s Office of Strategic Planning and Stantec 
  • Trappey and Bayou Vermilion Waterfront District Vision Plan, Lafayette, Louisiana—Lake|Flato Architects
  • Veridian at County Farm, Ann Arbor, Michigan—Union Studio and THRIVE Collaborative

Student Award Winners

  • Back to Better: An Urban Conservation and Regeneration Plan for South Bend's Near Northwest Neighborhood, South Bend, Indiana—University of Notre Dame
  • Revitalization of St. Patrick's and St. Hedwig's Parishes, South Bend, Indiana—University of Notre Dame

View the project videos from the 2024 ceremony here