June 01 2013

New Urbanism, Meet the Third World: The Charter Awards at The Congress for the New Urbanism’s CNU21

The Charter Awards are annual awards given to projects submitted by students and professionals by the Congress for the New Urbanism at the annual Congress. A group of carefully chosen individuals sit on a jury and decide which projects to honor.

This year’s jury chair was Doug Farr, CNU-A, President and Founding Principal at Farr Associates Architecture & Urban Design. He chose to rebrand the competition in response to a decline in submissions during recent years. “Global” and “excellence” are keywords that were key to the rebranding, said Farr.

Shelley Poticha, Director at the Office of Sustainable Housing and Communities, announced the honorable mentions first:

Mike Lydon, CNU-A, Founding Principal of the Street Plans Collaborative, announced the winning Block/Street/Building projects:

He also announced the winners of the Neighborhood/District section:

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Poticha announced the Region/Metropolis/City/Town section winners:

Farr announced the Grand Prize winners. There are two grand prizes, one for a professional submission and one for a student submission.

This marks the first time that a grand prize winner’s work was based in a third-world country.

At the end of the awards ceremony, it was announced that Jeff Speck will be the jury chair for CNU22 in 2014.

For more, check out this post by the Congress for the New Urbanism.

If you could give an award to a project in your city, what would win? Tell us in the comments below!

Credits: Photos and references linked to sources.

Aascot Holt

Aascot Holt is an undergraduate at Eastern Washington University, pursuing a major in Urban and Regional Planning and a minor in Geography. She will graduate in the spring of 2013. She is from Stevenson, WA and currently lives in Spokane, WA in a brick 1936 kit house. She is most intrigued by small-city and small town planning, parks and recreation planning, long-range planning, and historic preservation. She hopes to continue her habit of being involved with many planning projects at a time, and fears being pigeonholed. Aascot maintains the “Being A Planning Student” Tumblr as well as her planning-centric blog, The Comprehensive. She is currently writing Cheney, WA’s entirely new comprehensive parks, recreation, and trails plan, completely pro bono. More can be learned about her endeavors via LinkedIn.

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