Crosstown Concourse wins Congress of New Urbanism’s Grand Prize

Crosstown Concourse wins Congress of New Urbanism’s Grand Prize

The Congress for the New Urbanism (CNU) has announced the winners of its 17th annual Charter Awards, and have celebrated Crosstown Concourse with this year’s Grand Prize.

The CNU celebrates projects that make a difference in people’s lives. They celebrate projects that make people happier. Crosstown Concourse, a project completed in association with Looney Ricks Kiss, has made an entire community in Memphis, Tennessee happier. This Mixed-Use, Adaptive Reuse project, has revived a 1.3 mil sq ft art-deco building that used to be home to a Sears department store and distribution centre. Upon closure, the building fell into disrepair and would sit empty for three decades. As it deteriorated, so did the neighborhood.

Crosstown’s resurrection is rooted in a design-concept that sought to create a Vertical Village. This concept goes beyond Mixed-Use. Tenants were handpicked to ensure collisions between all age-ranges and demographics. Rooted in the arts, Crosstown includes tenants such as Crosstown Arts, Crosstown High, YWCA, Church Health, A Step Ahead Foundation, Teach for America, Parcels Residences, and Methodist La Bonheur Healthcare.

3000 people pass through Crosstown Concourse on a daily basis. It’s considered a home, a place of study, a place of worship, a place of healing, and a place of creativity.

Click here to learn about Principal Architect, Alan Boniface’s, experience during the resurrection of the building.

The Congress recognized eleven professional designs and three student design projects across the United States and in South Africa, England, Costa Rica, Argentina, and Iran. The awards were announced at a ceremony May 18, during CNU’s annual Congress, a 4-day event that brings together 1,500+ people to discuss, debate, engage, and advance innovations and strategies in city- and town-building held in Savannah, GA.

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