News Release: Sustainability

May 25,  2010

Emory, Clifton Community Partnership Honored With Urban Design Award

Emory University, the Clifton Community Partnership and the urban design firm, Goody Clancy, were all honored by the Congress for New Urbanism (CNU) at its 10th annual Charter Award presented in Atlanta on May 22.

Emory's award is for urban design guidelines in public spaces and was developed via the Clifton Community Partnership (CCP). The CCP is an initiative started by Emory to provide a framework to discuss common quality of life issues within the Clifton community, the area within three miles of Emory's core campus.  The guidelines incorporate considerable community input and were drafted by Boston-based Goodly Clancy, an urban design, preservation and architectural firm.

"From the beginning, Emory embarked on fulfilling a vision to let students, faculty, staff, patients, residents and visitors know they are in the Clifton community by the progressive urban design, beautifully landscaped streetscapes, walkable safe sidewalks, and human activity at the street-level," says Michael Mandl, executive vice president of Emory. "As Emory expands, we hope to use these urban design guidelines as a tool to preserve, restore and improve the public spaces at Emory."

Since 2006, the CCP has engaged local civic leaders, business leaders, government, employers and residents in productive dialogue.  Development of the award-winning urban design guidelines involved representatives from all of these groups and supported the CCP's mission to bring neighbors, businesses, institutions and civic partners to develop a vision for the future and work together on implementation.

"We expect that these urban design guidelines will also serve as a national model for productive university-community collaboration," says Mandl.

CNU's 010 Congress is being developed with assistance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on the theme of "New Urbanism: Rx for Healthy Places," reflecting growing scientific evidence that walkable neighborhoods enjoy significant health advantages over automobile dominated sprawl.

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