Charter Awards

  • A mixed-use center for town and gown
    <strong>Storrs Center</strong> <em>Mansfield, CT</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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  • Southside
    Ten acres that transformed a city #thisiscnu

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    From former warehouse to "vertical village"
    <strong>Crosstown Concourse</strong>&nbsp; <em>Memphis, Tennessee</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 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
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    Trumpeting a cultural revival
    <strong>Peoples Health New Orleans Jazz Market</strong>&nbsp; <em>New Orleans, Louisiana</em>

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

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

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2022 Charter Award Winners:

Charter Award Winners

Civano New Town, Tucson, Arizona—Moule & Polyzoides, Architects and Urbanists

Collection 14, Washington, District of Columbia—Perkins Eastman DC

Beach Town, Las Catalinas, Costa Rica—Charles Brewer, Douglas Duany, TSW Design, and the Las Catalinas team

The Evolution of the Civic Realm in Seaside, Seaside, Florida—Thadani Architects + Urbanists

El Punto Neighborhood Revitalization, Salem, Massechusetts—North Shore Community Development Coalition

The Borough, Carlton Landing, Oklahoma—Clay Chapman

Merit Award Winners

Church Hill North—Armstrong Renaissance, Richmond, Virginia—Torti Gallas & Partners.

Project 180, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma—OJB Landscape Architecture and Speck & Associates

Re-Envision Albany, Albany, New York—Albany Riverfront Collaborative

Carlton Landing, Oklahoma—DPZ CoDESIGN

The Blue Line Corridor, Prince George's County, Maryland—HR&A Advisors and Design Collective

Westside Evolves, Chattanooga, Tennessee—EJP Consulting Group

Student Charter Award Winner

West Chester Market Station, West Chester, Pennsylvania—Benjamin Shelton, University of Notre Dame

Student Merit Award Winner

The Port and the City, Beirut, Lebanon—Alexia Lohken, Yufei Huang, Andre Mega de Mathis, and Jiaxin Li, University of Miami School of Architecture