Tightening The City Fabric: Urban Land Institute Announces Five Finalists In Urban Open Space Award Competition

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
        urban community.
    --  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.

For more information, contact: Trisha Riggs 202/624-7086; email:  
priggs@uli.org; Robert Krueger 202/624-7051; email:  rkrueger@uli.org



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