Tightening The City Fabric: Urban Land Institute Announces Five Finalists In
Urban Open Space Award Competition
Projects in D.C., Los Angeles, Nashville, New York, and Vancouver on Short
List for $10,000 Award
WASHINGTON, June 4, 2013 /CNW/ - Five projects have been selected as finalists
for the Urban Land Institute (ULI) Urban Open Space Award, a competition that
recognizes outstanding examples of transformative and vibrant public open
space – large and small - that have spurred economic and social
regeneration of their adjacent communities.
This year's finalists are the Yards Park in Washington, D.C.; Wilmington
Waterfront Park in Wilmington, Calif.; Cumberland Park in Nashville, Tenn.;
Brooklyn Bridge Park in New York, N.Y.; and the Village on False Creek in
Vancouver, British Columbia. The winning project will be announced at the ULI
Fall Meeting, set for November 5 – 8, 2013 in Chicago. A $10,000 cash prize
will be awarded to the individual or organization most responsible for the
creation of the winning open space project.
The five finalists were selected from an impressive collection of entries,
representing urban areas throughout North America. Since the program is not
meant to be a landscape architecture or urban design competition, the jury
selected finalists based on overall project design and how each impacted or
revived their surrounding areas.
"Submissions for the 2013 ULI Open Space Award reflected the impressive
creativity that is blossoming across North America as cities provide outdoor
opportunities for relaxation, an amazingly broad range of physical activities,
and a sense of community for citizens and visitors of all ages," said jury
chairman M. Leanne Lachman, president of real estate consulting firm Lachman
Associates LLC in New York, N.Y. "Each finalist park draws folks in and
encourages them to stay and actively participate, enlivening their
neighborhoods and tightening the fabric of their cities. Passive and active
recreation are delightfully alive and well in our urban areas, as evidenced by
ULI's five award finalists."
The descriptions of the finalists, with the project's owner and designer in
-- Brooklyn Bridge Park, New York, N.Y. (Project Owner: Brooklyn
Bridge Park; Designer: Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates,
Inc.) - 1.3 miles of Brooklyn's waterfront are being
revitalized with an array of open spaces that return the area
to public use, reconnect with adjacent neighborhoods, and
generate a sustainable and self-financed multi-use civic space.
-- Cumberland Park, Nashville, Tenn. (Project Owner: Metro
Nashville Parks and Recreation Department; Lead Design
Consultant: Hargreaves Associates) - Part of a phased master
plan to draw residents and visitors back to the river and
downtown, the space is committed to both new generations and to
sustainability through brownfield remediation, floodplain
preservation, and interpretation of cultural and natural
-- The Village on False Creek, Vancouver, British Columbia
(Project Owner: City of Vancouver Designer: PWL Partnership
Landscape Architects Inc.) - Located on a previously
industrialized waterfront area the project exemplifies a new
green infrastructure based approach to public realm through the
introduction of restored natural environments into a highly
-- The Yards Park, Washington D.C. (Project Owner: District of
Columbia; Designer: M. Paul Friedberg & Partners; Developer:
Forest City) - A regeneration that brings local communities and
visitors to the Anacostia River, while providing a
transformative and vibrant public space that aims to generate
social, economic, and ecological value under an innovative
public-private funding model.
-- Wilmington Waterfront Park, Wilmington, Calif. (Project Owner:
Port of Los Angeles; Designer: Sasaki Associates, Inc.) - The
space creates a new public realm that mediates the relationship
between the residential neighborhood of Wilmington and the
intensely active Port of Los Angeles. Mitigating the industrial
impact of the port, it provides a safe and accessible space
that celebrates the vibrant community culture within a
previously underserved neighborhood of Los Angeles.
The award was created through the generosity of Amanda M. Burden, New York
City Planning Commissioner and 2009 laureate of the ULI J.C. Nichols Prize for
Visionaries in Urban Development. In 2011 the Kresge Foundation, MetLife
Foundation, and the ULI Foundation joined forces to continue the Urban Open
Space Award through 2014.
To be eligible for the competition, an open space project must: have been
opened to the public for at least one year and no more than fifteen years; be
predominately outdoors and inviting to the public; provide abundant and varied
seating, sun and shade, trees and plantings with attractions; be used
intensively on a daily basis by a broad spectrum of users throughout the year;
have a positive economic impact on its surroundings; promote physical, social,
and economic health of the larger community; and provide lessons, strategies,
and techniques that can be used or adapted in other communities.
In addition to jury chairman Lachman, other 2013 competition jury members are:
Glenn Aaronson, managing partner, Aevitas Property Partners; chairman, Forum
Turkey Fund, Amsterdam, Netherlands; William Bonstra, partner, Bonstra
Haresign Architects, Washington, D.C.; Michael Covarrubias, chairman and chief
executive officer, TMG Partners, San Francisco, Calif.; David Dixon,
principal, Goody Clancy, Boston, Mass.; Dr. Sujata S. Govada, managing
director, UDP International, Hyderabad, India; Jason Hellendrung, principal,
Sasaki Associates, Watertown, Mass.; Mark Johnson, president, Civitas, Inc.,
Denver, Colo.; Jeff Kingsbury, managing principal, Greenstreet Ltd.,
Indianapolis, Ind.; Jeff Mayer, director of international planning, Bassenian
Lagoni, Newport Beach, Calif.; Jacinta McCann, executive vice president,
AECOM, San Francisco, Calif.; and Trini M. Rodriguez, principal, Parker
Rodriguez, Inc., Alexandria, Va.
About the Urban Land Institute The Urban Land Institute (www.uli.org) is a
global nonprofit education and research institute supported by its members.
Its mission is to provide leadership in the responsible use of land and in
creating and sustaining thriving communities worldwide. Established in 1936,
the Institute has nearly 30,000 members representing all aspects of land use
and development disciplines.
NOTE TO REPORTERS AND EDITORS: Photos of the 2013 Urban Open Space Award
finalists are available for download. For more details on the award and
previous winners, visit the Urban Open Space Award competition page.
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