Charter Awards

  • 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>

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  • 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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  • Expanding options for a car-oriented suburban area
    <strong>Village of Providence</strong> <em>Huntsville, AL</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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  • Mercado District | Tucson, Arizona
    A timeless place from the ground up. #thisiscnu

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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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  • Southside
    Ten acres that transformed a city #thisiscnu

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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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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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2021 Charter Award Winners:

Grand Prize Winner

Plant Riverside District, Savannah, Georgia - Sottile & Sottile

Charter Award Winners

75th Street Boardwalk, Chicago, Illinois - site design group, ltd.

Bonéval, Washington, District of Columbia - Torti Gallas Urban, Inc.

Downtown Boulevard Transformation, Lancaster, California - Moule & Polyzoides, Architects and Urbanists

Hammetts Wharf, Newport, Rhode Island - Union Studio Architecture & Community Design

Kirkpatrick Park, Nashville, Tennessee - Smith Gee Studio

Memphis 3.0 Comprehensive Plan, Memphis, Tennessee - Opticos Design, Inc.

New Town of Cayalá/Paseo Cayalá Neighborhood, Guatemala City, Guatemala - Estudio Urbano & Leon Krier

Trilith, Fayetteville, Georgia - Lew Oliver Inc.

Merit Award Winners

Culdesac: Car-free Community, Tempe, Arizona - Opticos Design, Inc.

Grace Midtown Church, Atlanta, Georgia - Kronberg Urbanists + Architects

Montgomery Park Master Plan - A Vision For Northwest Portland, Portland, Oregon - Lake Flato Architects

OpenNorfolk, Norfolk, Virginia - Work Program Architects | Yard & Co. | Team Better Block (WGI)

Student Award Winners

San Francisco Central Waterfront, San Francisco, California - Asma Boutrik, Jamie Varas and Dewi Bleher, University of California, Berkeley

Urban Repair after Removal of the Central Freeway, San Francisco, California - Qingchun Li, University of California, Berkeley