The new Monon Boulevard & Midtown Plaza in Carmel, Indiana has been recognized with a Charter Award from the Congress for the New Urbanism (CNU), which announced the winners of its 19th annual Charter Awards this week. Regarded as the preeminent award for excellence in urban design, the CNU Charter Awards honor a select number of winners and honorable mentions that embody and advance the principles of the Charter of the New Urbanism. The 2019 awards recognize architecture, planning, development, and landscape designs that offer choices for affordable housing, a lively mix of uses, and public space in a wide variety of settings.
The Monon Boulevard demonstrates how a well-designed, amenity-rich, highly programmed linear park space can attract significant reinvestment that enhances and expands urban life and activity. It also demonstrates that an urban transportation corridor can move beyond its simple utilitarian function and become a signature destination in and of itself – an organizing spine for innovative placemaking, multimodal connectivity, and distinctive experiences.