Announcing the 2016 CNU Colorado Charter Awards

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The Congress for the New Urbanism (CNU) is a non-profit organization that promotes walkable, mixed-use neighborhood development, sustainable communities and healthier living conditions. We believe that cities should be designed for people and should respect human scale and encourage human interaction. The first ever CNU-Colorado Charter Awards honor projects that are designed in this spirit and make Colorado a more livable place.

The CNU-Colorado Charter Awards honor a select number of winners across four categories:

  • Best Built Project in Colorado
  • Best Unbuilt Project in Colorado
  • Best Tactical Urbanism or Urban Intervention Project in Colorado
  • Best Student Project in Colorado

A jury of distinguished designers, architects, planners, and engineers from Colorado and beyond will review the entries and select the winners. Winning projects are recognized for their excellence in fulfilling and advancing the principles of the Charter of the New Urbanism (http://www.cnu.org/charter) in a Colorado-specific context.

Important Dates:

  • July 1, 2016 – Announce 2016 Awards
  • August 10, 2016 – Submission Period Closes (Extended Deadline!)
  • August 26, 2016 – Jury Decision Announced
  • September 22, 2016 – Awards Ceremony in Pueblo, CO at the Annual Downtown Colorado Inc. Conference

Learn more about the CNU Colorado Charter Awards and how to apply!

CNU Colorado Charter Awards, announcements!

Congratulations to the winners, featured below!

Also, we cordially invite you to attend our 1st-ever CNU Colorado Charter AWARDS CEREMONY at MIDTOWN (1625 W. 67th Avenue) as part of the kick-off to our Resilient Urbanism Event on Thursday, April 23rd.

Tour begins at 4:30pm, Panel Discussion at 5:00pm and Awards Ceremony at 6:30pm.

Drinks and snacks provided!
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BEST BUILT PROJECT:
Peak One | Frisco, CO (neighborhood scale)
High Mar | Boulder, CO (building scale)

BEST UNBUILT PROJECT:
Plaza de la Gente | Denver, CO

BEST TACTICAL URBANISM PROJECT:
Triangle Transformations | Denver, CO

BEST STUDENT PROJECT:
Reimagine I-70 | Denver, CO

Introducing the CNU Colorado Charter Awards

submission-booklet_template.keyThe Congress for the New Urbanism (CNU) is a non-profit organization that promotes walkable, mixed-use neighborhood development, sustainable communities and healthier living conditions. We believe that cities should be designed for people and should respect human scale and encourage human interaction. The first ever CNU-Colorado Charter Awards honor projects that are designed in this spirit and make Colorado a more livable place.

The CNU-Colorado Charter Awards honor a select number of winners across four categories:

  • Best Built Project in Colorado
  • Best Unbuilt Project in Colorado
  • Best Tactical Urbanism or Urban Intervention Project in Colorado
  • Best Student Project in Colorado

A jury of distinguished designers, architects, planners, and engineers from Colorado and beyond will review the entries and select the winners. Winning projects are recognized for their excellence in fulfilling and advancing the principles of the Charter of the New Urbanism (http://www.cnu.org/charter) in a Colorado-specific context.

Important Dates (Updated as of January, 2015):

  • November 8th, 2014 – Submission Period Opens
  • March 10th, 2015 – Submission Period Closes (Deadline!)
  • March 14th, 2015 – Jury meets
  • Awards Ceremony (awards announced): Mid-March/early-April, in Denver, CO

Learn more about the CNU Colorado Charter Awards and how to apply

 

 

38th Avenue :: Wheat Ridge’s Main Street – A Transformation in Progress

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Join us for this event on Friday, Feb 27th at Colorado Plus!

Wheat Ridge’s Main Street Comes to Life

by Sarah Showalter, AICP, LEED AP

How do you retrofit an auto-centric commercial corridor into a vibrant Main Street? The City of Wheat Ridge, together with partners Wheat Ridge 2020 and LiveWell Wheat Ridge, is working to do just that on W. 38th Avenue between Sheridan and Wadsworth. The community is actively changing the feel of the street, once characterized by speeding traffic, narrow sidewalks, and many vacant storefronts, in an effort to create the Main Street that Wheat Ridge residents desire.

A new pop-up cafe in the parking lane creates pedestrian activity at Ridge at 38 on West 38th Avenue and High Court

Redesigning the street is a key step in the corridor’s transformation. Utilizing a low-cost, innovative approach, the City completed a “road diet” in the summer of 2012 by reducing the number of thru-traffic lanes from four to two. The space created by removal of traffic lanes was repurposed to add a variety of amenities, including:

  • On street parking, which buffers the sidewalk from moving traffic
  • Pop-up cafes, which take the place of on-street parking spaces to provide outdoor seating areas attached to the sidewalk
  • A bike lane and bike parking
  • Large planters to demark the parking lane and add attractive landscaping to the corridor [Read more…]

CNU Colorado is Hittin’ the Streets!

Hey Colorado Urbanists,

In case you haven’t heard, CNU Colorado is hittin’ the streets!  We’ve got lots of events coming up and we’re teaming up with some pretty cool organizations – Architecture for Humanity, WalkDenver, and the Denver New Railvolutionaries to name a few.  We also have a new focus for the rest of 2012 and 2013:

T A C T I C A L    U R B A N I S M.

Never heard of it?  Let me put it this way:

If New Urbanism is Classical music, Tactical Urbanism is Hip Hop.

If New Urbanism is Tai Chi, Tactical Urbanism is Parkour.

If New Urbanism is Michelangelo, Tactical Urbanism is Banksy.

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Tactical Urbanism and National PARK(ing) Day

CNU board member Michelle Pyle was interviewed by Colorado Public Radio to discuss her thoughts on tactical urbansim and the role of National PARK(ing) Day.  Listen here