The 2008 Winners of the Charter Awards

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Each year, CNU's Charter Awards recognize projects across the world that best embody and advance the principles of the Charter of the New Urbanism. As selected by a jury of leading urbanists, honorees set the gold standard for urban design and development and serve as powerful examples for future development.

The Charter Awards program is unique in its emphasis on the entirety of the built and natural environment -- from the function and sustainability of regions to the fine-grain architectural details that help strengthen people's ties to a place over time. The Charter Awards look at how plans and projects integrate with their contexts and, consequently, how they improve the human experience of the built and natural environments.

Our award books, available for purchase from CNU, feature in-depth profiles and more photos of our award winners.Information on award winners from previous years can be found online.

CNU extends its congratulations to this year's award winners and its gratitude to the entire field of submitters that made the judging so competitive. Watch the video of this year's awards here.



Charter Award 2008 Winners
The Region: Metropolis, City, and Town

Speaks Regional Plan

State of Louisiana

Submitted by Calthorpe Associates

A Civic Vision for the Riverfront

Philadelphia, PA

Submitted by Wallace Roberts & Todd LLC

Vedanta University

Orissa, India

Submitted by Ayers/Saint/Gross Inc, Architects+Planners

King Abdullah University
of Science and Technology

Thuwal, Saudi Arabia

Submitted by Hellmuth, Obata and Kassabaum Inc.

Neighborhood, District, and Corridor

Woodstock Downtown

Woodstock, Georgia

Submitted by Tunnell-Spangler-Walsh & Associates

Oakwood Shores

Chicago, IL

Submitted by FitzGerald Associates Architects

Rockville Town Square

Rockville, MD

Submitted by WDG Architecture

Mixson Avenue

North Charleston, SC

Submitted by I'On Group

Masterplan for Western Harbour

Leith Edinburgh, Scotland

Submitted by Robert Adam Architects


Block, Street, and Building

The Vision for Marion Square

Charleston, SC

Submitted by Fairfax & Sammons Architects

Atlantic & Pacific Development

Montgomery, Alabama

Submitted by City Loft Corporation

Almeria Row

Coral Gables, Florida

Submitted by de la Guardia Victoria Architects & Urbanists Inc.

A Pattern Book for Neighborly Houses

United States

Submitted by Urban Design Associates

A Living Tradition: Architecture of the Bahamas

The Bahamas

Submitted by Mouzon Design

Student Award

The North End Plan

Michigan City, IN

Submitted by Andrews University, School of Architecture

The Jury

Back row, from left Peter Park Community Planning & Development Manager, City and County of Denver, Colorado; Ben Bolgar Director of Design Theory & Networks, Princes Foundation for the Built Environment, London, England; Victor Dover Principal, Dover Kohl & Partners, Coral Gables, Florida Geoffrey Dyer Placemakers, Director of Canadian Operations and Principal and Urban Designer, Tsix Urbanists, Calgary, Alberta
Front row, from left Katharine Kelley President, Green Street Properties, Atlanta, Georgia; Andrés Duany, Jury Chair Principal, Duany Plater Zyberk & Company, Miami, Florida; Karen Parolek Principal, Opticos Design, Inc, Berkeley, California Stefanos Polyzoides (not pictured) Principal, Moule & Polyzoides Architects and Urbanists, Pasadena, California; with Eleanor and Alicia (dogs)




Charter Award 2007 Winners
The Region: Metropolis, City, and Town

Louisiana Speaks:
Pattern Book

State of Louisiana, U.S.A.

Submitted by Urban Design Associates

City Plan

Fayetteville, AR

Submitted by Dover, Kohl & Partners

Long Beach, Mississippi
Concept Plan

Long Beach, Mississippi

Submitted by Ayers/Saint/Gross, Architects and Planners

Neighborhood, District, and Corridor

Salishan Neighborhood
HOPE VI Revitalization

Tacoma, Washington

Submitted by Torti Gallas and Partners

Harbor Town

Memphis, TN

Submitted by Looney Ricks Kiss Architects

Cooper's Crossing

Camden, NJ

Submitted by Torti Gallas and Partners and Urban Design Associates

The Carneros Inn

Napa, CA

Submitted by William Rawn Associates, Architects, Inc.

Innovista Master Plan

Columbia, South Carolina

Submitted by Sasaki Associates, Inc.

Street Smart: Streetcars and Cities in the 21st Century

United States

Submitted by Reconnecting America

La Candelaria

Antigua, Guatemala

Submitted by Castillo Arquitectos

Block, Street, and Building

Takoma Walk

Takoma Park, Maryland

Submitted by Cunningham | Quill Architects PLLC

Kedzie & Rockwell Stations
Brown Line Stations

Chicago, IL

Submitted by Muller & Muller, Ltd.

The Ellington

Washington, D.C.

Submitted by Torti Gallas and Partners

Oak Plaza

Miami, Florida

Submitted by Cure & Penabad Studio, Khoury & Vogt Architects

Habitat Trails. Habitat for Humanity: from infill house to green neighborhood

Rogers, AR

Submitted by University of Arkansas Community Design Center

Katrina Cottage VIII

Infill Locations, USA

Submitted by Steven A. Mouzon, Architect, PA




Courthouse Square, Theatre Way and Broadway Streetscape

Redwood City, CA

Submitted by Freedman Tung & Bottomley



Lofts 590

Arlington, VA

Submitted by SK&I Architectural Design Group

Chatham Square

Alexandria, VA

Submitted by Lessard Group, Inc.

Cottage Square

Ocean Springs, MS

Submitted by Tolar LeBatard Denmark Architects PLLC

Student/Faculty Awards

Towards an Urban and Sustainable Puerto Nuevo

San Juan, Puerto Rico

Submitted by University of Puerto Rico

Company Towns Revisited: Historic Typologies as a Model for

Petit Paradis, Haiti

Submitted by University of Notre Dame

Connecting the City of Water to its History

Castellamare di Stabia, Italy

Submitted by University of Maryland

The Saucier Town Plan

Saucier, Mississippi

Submitted by Andrews University



Valparaiso's Waterfront

Valparaiso, Chile

Submitted by University of Maryland

The 2007 Charter Awards jury (left to right) at the site of their deliberations, the Hale Solar Laboratory in Pasadena, CA:

Stefanos Polyzoides, AIA, jury chair, Moule & Polyzoides Architects & Urbanists

Andres Duany, FAIA, Duany Plater-Zyberk

Susan Van Atta, ASLA, Van Atta Associates

Vince Graham, I'On Group

Hillary Brown, AIA, New Civic Works

Rick Cole, City of San Buenaventura

Kjell Forshed, Brunnberg & Forshed