The Great Places Awards are unique among programs that honor professional and scholarly excellence in environmental design.
Now in its 17th year, EDRA's Great Places Awards seek to recognize work that combines expertise in design, research, and practice, and contributes to the creation of dynamic, humane places that engage our attention and imagination. Award-winning projects reflect an interdisciplinary approach that is enduring, human-centered, sustainable, and concerned with the experiential relationship between people and their environment (built and natural) over time.
We invite participation from a range of design and research disciplines — particularly projects whose significance extends beyond any one profession or field. All submissions should show how research and/or public participation is linked to or part of an environmental design practice, and vice versa. Submissions should also demonstrate how an understanding of the experience of place may be used to generate insightful design.
We welcome submissions from the full breadth of environmental design and related research activities, including architecture, landscape architecture, planning, urban design, interior design, lighting design, graphic design, place-based public art, environmental psychology, sociology, anthropology, geography, and the physical sciences.
Each year we assemble a jury with diverse backgrounds in design, research, and practice. The jury evaluates how each project, no matter what the discipline, addresses the human experience of well-designed places. Special attention is paid to the transferability of research on this topic into design and planning practice. The jury will select exceptional submissions from four categories: place design, place planning, place research, and a book prize.
EDRA is excited to partner with Project for Public Spaces (PPS) for the 2015 Great Places Awards. PPS is a nonprofit planning, design and educational organization dedicated to helping people create and sustain public spaces that build stronger communities. Their pioneering Placemaking approach helps citizens transform their public spaces into vital places that highlight local assets, spur rejuvenation and serve common needs.
All submissions for the 2015 EDRA Great Places Awards must be electronically UPLOADED using the file transfer protocol below by 11:59pm ET on Monday, February 16, 2015. Entries and their supporting documents can instead be submitted on a CD/DVD and mailed to EDRA Headquarters, Attn: Great Places Awards, 7918 Jones Branch Drive, Suite 300, McLean, VA 22102, as long as they are RECEIVED by the deadline. No paper or late submissions will be accepted.
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