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Past Great Places Awards Winners
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EDRA Great Places Award Past Winners

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2019 EDRA GPA Award Recipients

2019 Book Category Winner
Interpreting Kigali, Rwanda: Architectural Inquiries and Prospects for a Developing African City by: Korydon Smith, University of Buffalo and Toma Berlanda, University of Cape Town, South Africa

While one-quarter of the world’s population lives in informal (“squatter”) settlements, there has not been a proportionate amount of environmental design research, urban planning, or architectural design in these contexts. This is particularly the case for urban sub-Saharan Africa, where populations are growing rapidly and where self-built urban settlements are anticipated to double in size within one generation. Interpreting Kigali, Rwanda, fills a major research gap and provides a bridge toward implementing sustainable solutions to neighborhood planning and housing design in a rapidly growing African city. The book grows out of a series of design studios based in Kigali. The work combines archival, historical, and field research with a young-but-growing body of work on informal settlements throughout the Global South.



2019 Book Category Honorable Mention
Making Places for People: 12 Questions Every Designer Should Ask. Christie Johnson Coffin and Jenny Young, University of Oregon.

Combining research and case studies, 
Making Places for People helps make the field of environment-behavior studies inspirational, relevant and accessible to a wide range of design professionals, academics, students, and laypeople. The authors explore social questions in environmental design, bringing perspectives from practice, teaching and research to challenge assumptions about how places meet human needs.



2019 Place Design Category Winner
An Intimate Exchange: Bridging the Divide between Refugees and Their Hosts. Submitted by: Daniel Winterbottom, University of Washington

There are an estimated 116,000 Syrian civil war refugees living in Sweden. Most have been re-settled in rural villages like Dals Lagden, living parallel lives to their Swedish neighbors. Segregated in their own neighborhoods, refugees often remain physically and socially isolated from the greater Swedish community. There are venues of mixing, sports being a good example, but integration has been a slow and arduous process. The project focuses on the universal human rituals surrounding food and bathing, namely the sauna, to bring these disconnected communities together. Participation in intimately held, shared rituals erodes barriers to social cohesion, cultural exchange and understanding and transforms individuals’ relationships to one another and the community as a whole. The site also functions as a gateway into the village, a village that lacked a community “heart” or commons. Visitors and locals alike are met with a space that is welcoming, active, egalitarian and based in practical needs and uses. In these shared endeavors, dialogue ensues and insights are gleaned reducing the perceptions of the “other”. Through this intentionally designed setting, stories are exchanged and friendships forged.

 

2019 Place Design Category Honorable Mention
Fowler-Clark-Epstein Urban Farm. Submitted by: Keith Zaltzberg, Regenerative Design Group

Firmly rooted in ecological design, the Fowler Clark Epstein Urban Farm responds to the social and environmental needs of today, while reviving the story and uses of a historic Boston farmstead. Built on a site that was slated for a housing development, this project came about through the work of multiple stakeholders, and is one of the first to implement the city’s zoning provisions to support urban farming. The goals were ambitious: to transform a neglected corner lot in Mattapan - one of the most under-resourced neighborhoods in Boston - into a beautiful, ecologically resilient, historically sensitive, accessible, and agriculturally productive landscape. Today, a dedicated staff works on site to grow food, train farmers, and build community.

 

2019 Planning Category Winner
New Beginnings Homeless Transition Village: A Permittable Settlement Pattern. Submitted by: Stephen Luoni, Shawna Hammon, Ethan Kaplan, Charles Sharpless, Garrett Grelle, and Linda Komlos with the University of Arkansas Community Design Center; John Langham with WER Architects/ Planners; Steve Marshall with the Marshall Group of Northwest Arkansas; Kevin Fitzpatrick with the University of Arkansas, J William Fulbright, College of Arts and Sciences; Ken Overman with Omni Engineers; Leslie Tabor of Leslie Tabor Landscape Architects; Neal Morrison with Morrison-Shipley Engineers, Inc. and Mike Rusch with Serve Northwest Arkansas.

More than three million Americans experience homelessness annually. Emergency shelter capacity is limited while governments are unable to provide temporary housing. Informal self-help shelter solutions are now popular adaptive actions despite nonconformance with city codes. Unfortunately, most informal solutions have resulted in objectionable tent cities and squatter campgrounds where the local response has simply been to move the problem around. Working for sociologists holding expertise in homelessness and a homeless services provider, we collaborated with city officials and engineering consultants to develop a prototype transition village that replaces a tent city near downtown. The project plan prototypes a shelter-first solution (with wraparound social services) using a kit-of-parts that can be replicated in other communities. The village design reconciles key gaps between informal building practices and formal sector regulations, creating a permittable solution under most city codes.

 

2019 Research Category Winner
Alameda Creek Atlas. Submitted by Brett Snyder - Department of Design, University of California, Davis.
The place research represented by the Alameda Creek Atlas, is part of multi-pronged effort to build resilience to climate impacts in the watershed through planning and design for sediment transport and Steelhead Trout habitat. Engaging communities and stakeholders within the research and planning of the watershed supported the creation of a feed-back loop, whereby local experts shared broad and diverse conceptualizations of the watershed as a place to the design and research team, and project members then reflected these conceptualizations back to inform a constituency that might advocate for the necessary changes within the watershed.

 

2018 EDRA GPA Award Recipients

Place Design Award
Kiryat-Sefer ParkDesigned by Ram Eisenberg

Place Planning Award
CPL150: Community Vision Plan

Place Book Awards
Design as Democracy: Techniques for Collective Creativity
David de la Pena, Diane Jones Allen, Randolph T. Hester, Jeffrey Hou, Laura J. Lawson, and Marcia J. McNally. Published by Island Press (2017)

Creating Healthy Neighborhoods: Evidence-Based Planning and Design Strategies
Ann Forsyth, Emily Salomon, and Laura Mead. Published by Routledge (2017)


2017 EDRA GPA Award Recipients

Place Design Award
Mariahilfer Strasse, Vienna

Place Planning Award
Making Our Own Space (MOOS)

Place Research Award
Renewable Energy Landscape
Dean Apostol, James Palmer, Martin Pasqualetti, Richard Smardon, and Robert Sullivan
Published by Routledge (2017)

Place Book Award
Designing for Autism Spectrum Disorders
Kristi Gaines, Angela Bourne, Michelle Pearson and Mesha Kleinbrink
Published by Routledge (2016)


2017 EDRA GPA Award Recipients

Place Design Award
An Outdoor Learning Environment for Children. Matluba Khan, University of Edinburgh. Tulatoli Government Primary School, Bangladesh

Place Planning Award
Akron Better Block
Jason Roberts
North Hill neighborhood in Akron, Ohio
Funded by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.

Place Research Award
Cognitive Architecture: Designing for How We Respond to the Built Environment
Ann Sussman, and Justin B. Hollander
Published by Routledge

Place Book Award
Therapeutic Gardens: Design for Healing Spaces
Daniel Winterbottom, and Amy Wagenfeld, (2015)
Published by Timber Press, Inc.


2015 EDRA GPA Award Recipients

Community Matters: Service-learning in Engaged Design and Planning, New York, NY:Routledge/Earthscan

Roosevelt Plaza Pop-Up Park, Group Melvin Design, Sikora Wells Appel, City of Camden, Cooper’s Ferry Partnership

Upper Lawrenceville Community Visioning Targeted Development Strategy, evolveEA

Daniels Spectrum - Regent Park, Toronto, Diamond Schmitt Architects

Race & the Control of Public Parks, buildingcommunityWORKSHOP

Fayetteville 2030: Food City Scenario, University of Arkansas Community Design Center


2014 EDRA GPA Award Recipients

The Masaro Village Project, GA Collaborative

Open House, Matthew Mazzotta, Coleman Center for the Arts

Sugar Beach, Claude Cormier et Associés

Pike Pine Renaissance, Gustafson Guthrie Nichol

The Street, Vikas Mehta


2013 EDRA GPA Award Recipients

1315 Peachtree Street, Perkins + Will

Dublin Grounds of Remembrance, PLANT Architect Inc.

Unified Ground: National Mall Competition, Union Square (Washington, D.C.), Gustafson Guthrie Nichol

Northerly Island Park Framework Plan, SmithGroupJJR, Inc./Studio Gang Architects

Pop Up City: Temporary Use Strategies for a Shrinking City, Cleveland Urban Design Collaborative, Kent State University

WaterFire Providence, WaterFire Providence - a non-profit arts organization

Urban Composition, Mark C. Childs


2012 EDRA GPA Award Recipients

Escuela Ecologica Saludable Initiative: Parque Primaria Pitagoras, Benjamin Spencer, Department of Landscape Architecture, University of Washington

Urban Strategies in Historic Beijing, Irma Ramirez, California State Polytechnic University Pomona School of Environmental Design

Owe’neh Bupingeh Preservation Project, Shawn Evans, AIA, Atkin Olshin Schade Architects

Insurgent Public Space: Guerrilla Urbanism and the Remaking of Contemporary Cities, Jeffrey Hou


2011 EDRA GPA Award Recipients

The Steel Yard, Klopfer Martin Design Group

Steelbridge Skatepark Development Plan, City of Portland/Portland Parks/DAO Architecture

Measured Change: Tracking Transformations on Bayou Lafourche, LSU Coastal Sustainability Studio

Cities for People, Jan Gehl


2010 EDRA GPA Award Recipients

Garbage to Gardens, Guatemala City, Guatemala Associate Professor Daniel Winterbottom, Univ. of Washington Dept. of Landscape Architecture with students of the Guatemala design/build studios

Visioning Rail Transit in Northwest Arkansas 2030 Univ. of Arkansas, Community Design Center and School of Architecture; Washington Univ., St. Louis, Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts

Maasvlakte 2100: A Long Term Design Strategy for the Port Lands of Rotterdam Open Systems, Pierre Belanger, Miho Mazereeuw

Battery Park City Streetscapes & Security Rogers Marvel Arch., James Carpenter Des. Assoc., Ducibella Venter & Santore, Sam Schwartz Co. LLC, Weidlinger Assoc., Fisher Marantz Stone, Robert Silman Assoc., Langan Eng. & Env. Ser., U.S. Army Eng. Res. & Dev. Ctr.

CITY SINK: Carbon Storage Strategies for Urban Landscape, Denise Hoffman Brandt

Greening Cities, Growing Communities: Learning from Seattle's Urban Community Gardens, Jeffrey Hou, Julie M. Johnson and Laura J. Lawson

SOAK: Mumbai in an Estuary, Anuradha Mathur and Dilip da Cunha


2009 EDRA GPA Award Recipients

The Norwegian National Opera and Ballet,Craig Dykers, Tarald Lundevall, Kjetil Traedal Thorsen

Wing Luke Asian Museum, Olson Sundberg Kundig Allen Architects

Vision 2030: West Dallas Gateway, Strategic Framework Initiative, Univ. of Texas, Dallas Urban Laboratory

Guangming Sustainable Park, CJ Lim, Studio 8 Architects

Resuscitating the Fez River: Procedures to Create New Public Space in the Medina of Fez.Takako, Tajima, Aziza Chaouni, Bureau E.A.S.T.

Design for Health: University of Minnesota, Cornell University, University of Colorado, Dr. Ann Forsyth, Dr. Kevin Krizek, Dr. Carissa Schively Slotterback, Amanda Johnson, Aly Pennucci, Michael Huber.

Daring to Look: Dorothea Lange’s Photographs and Reports from the Field, Anne Whiston Spirn


2008 EDRA GPA Award Recipients

Olympic Sculpture Park, Seattle, WA WEISS/MANFREDI Architecture/Landscape/Urbanism Ballard Library and Neighborhood Service Center, Bohlin Cywinski Jackson

RIVER + CITY + LIFE: A Guide to Renewing Toronto’s Lower Don Lands, Stoss Landscape Urbanism

The Arc: A Formal Structure for a Palestinian State, Suisman Urban Design, with RAND Corporation

Historic Chicago Greystone Initiative, City Design Center, University of Illinois at Chicago, College of Architecture and the Arts

The Landscape Totems: Speculations on Growth and Decay, Kristi M. Dykema

America Town: Building the Outposts of Empire, Mark L. Gillem


2007 EDRA GPA Award Recipients

The Ferry Building, SMWM (Architect); Baldauf Catton von Eckartsberg Architects (Retail Architect); Page & Turnbull (Preservation Architect); Owner: Port of San Francisco; Developers: Equity Office, Wilson Meany Sullivan LLC, Primus Infrastructure LLC

The House of Dance and Feathers Mardi Gras Indian Museum, Project Locus: Patrick Rhodes, Executive Director, Lower Ninth Ward, New Orleans, LA

Intertwined Human + Environmental Ecologies: The Money Point Sustainable Revitalization Plan, Crisman+Petrus Architects; University of Virginia School of Architecture; UVA Institute for Environmental Negotiation; The Elizabeth River Project.

Los Angeles River Urban Wildlife Refuge: A Vision for Parks, Habitat, and Urban Runoff, Community Development by Design

Defiant Gardens: Making Gardens in Wartime, Kenneth L. Helphand

Living Memorials National Research: 9/11 and the Public Landscape, Erika Svendsen and Lindsay Campbell, USDA Forest Service, Northern Research Station

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