WASHINGTON (March 24, 2010) -- Six finalists have been selected for the Urban Land Institute (ULI) Amanda Burden Urban Open Space Award, a new competition that recognizes an outstanding example of a public open space that has catalyzed the transformation of the surrounding communities.
The finalists are Bremen Street Park in Boston; Campus Martius Park in Detroit; Falls Park on the Reedy in Greenville, S.C.; Herald and Greeley Square Parks in New York City; Olympic Sculpture Park in Seattle; and Schenley Plaza in Pittsburgh. The winner will be announced April 16, 2010 at ULI’s Real Estate Summit in Boston. 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 award was created through the generosity of Amanda M. Burden, chair of the New York City Planning Commission and director of the New York Department of City Planning, and 2009 laureate of the ULI J.C. Nichols Prize for Visionaries in Urban Development. “All great planning comes down to the granular approach of how a building meets the street, how a street feels, how you feel walking in the city, and how it feels to be in public spaces and use public spaces that are inviting,” said Ms. Burden, who is serving on the jury for urban open space award. “Great public space is why you stay in the city.”
The six finalists, selected from 88 entries representing urban areas throughout the United States, have each made a significant contribution toward reviving or transforming their surrounding community by providing an inviting and intensively used public open space that serves as a public destination throughout the year, said Jury Chairman Marty Jones, president of Corcoran Jennison Companies in Boston. “In these finalists, we have truly outstanding examples of excellent planning, design and development of open space. They have made a positive difference in the quality of life in the communities, serving as a respite, a source of civic pride, and a draw for investment activity.”
The descriptions of the finalists, with the project’s “champion” in parentheses:
The creation of the open space award immediately followed the announcement in October 2009 of Ms. Burden being selected as the winner of the ULI J.C. Nichols Prize. The Nichols Prize, awarded annually by ULI, recognizes a person whose career demonstrates a commitment to the highest standards of responsible development. “It has been my life’s work to celebrate the essence of city life and to create great public open spaces,” said Ms. Burden.
In addition to Jury Chairman Jones and Ms. Burden, other competition jury members are: Michael S. Balaban, president of Lowe Enterprises Real Estate Group, Eastern Region, Washington, D.C.; Thomas E. Cody, principal, ProjectPDX, Portland, Oregon; William A. Gilchrist, senior associate, AECOM, Atlanta; Gary A. Hack, professor of urban design, University of Pennsylvania School of Design, Philadelphia; Kenneth H. Hughes, president, Hughes Development, LP, Dallas; Christopher W. Kurz, president and chief executive officer, Linden Associates, Inc., Baltimore; David Malmuth, managing director, RCLCO, Los Angeles; Randall K. Rowe, chairman, Green Courte Partners, LLC, Lake Forest, IIlinois; John B. Slidell, executive vice president, The Bozzuto Group, Greenbelt, Maryland; and Rebecca R. Zimmermann, principal, Design Workshop, Inc., Denver.