The awards recognize exemplary projects by local government, developers, architects, urban designers, and others engaged in revitalizing and creating coherent cities, neighborhoods, and metropolitan regions. Winners are chosen because they not only embody and advance the principles of the Charter of the New Urbanism, but also because they make a difference in people's lives.
“Excellence in architecture and urban design is more than a beautiful building, street, or neighborhood,” said Lynn Richards, President and CEO of CNU. “It’s how a design improves the quality of lives of the people living, working, and playing in these areas. The best efforts are victories that may not be obvious but make a tremendous impact.”
The Davidson Rural Area Plan lays the groundwork for innovative rural land conservation, with 65 percent of the countryside (over six square miles) preserved by the plan, allowing for the development of compact hamlets and villages on one-third of the area.