CNU Announces Charter Award Winners
A distinguished jury selected winners of the Congress for the New Urbanism's second annual Charter Awards over the weekend of March 16. After spending days perusing more than 200 submissions from over 170 firms, the jurors, led by Congress for the New Urbanism (CNU) board member Jonathan Barnett, chose 18 projects that represent the best in New Urbanist practice.
Winners represent all scales of development and planning, from individual blocks and buildings to neighborhoods to regional plans. Surprisingly, all of the award winners were infill projects.
Jury chair Jonathan Barnett, a long-time consultant and professor of urbanism at the University of Pennsylvania, says "The jury was very impressed by the high quality and great variety of the projects submitted, from regional studies to neighborhood plans, to designs for streets, blocks and individual buildings. The ideas CNU advocates are clearly gaining widespread acceptance."
Projects were drawn from around the states, with a clear emphasis on the coasts but also from Cleveland, Chicago, and St. Louis. The one winner from outside the United States was a plan for high-density redevelopment in Beirut, Lebanon. Three companies managed to win two awards apiece in the blind judging.
More than 200 submissions were reviewed by the jury. Along with Barnett, fellow jurors included Alex Krieger, who chairs the Urban Design Program at Harvard University's Graduate School of Design; Richard Rosan, executive vice president of Urban Land Institute; Elinor Bacon of the National Revitalization Commission; John Norquist, Mayor of Milwaukee, WI; and Ken Greenberg, an influential architect and urbanist from Toronto, Ontario.
The winners will be celebrated at an awards dinner June 15, 2002, as part of the tenth Congress for the New Urbanism in Miami Beach.
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Posted June 3, 2002