|Great Places Awards: Award Categories|
EDRA Great Places Awards Submission Categories
Submissions can feature place design projects of various types and scales; projects can consist of an individual built element or cohesive groups of environments that work together as a unit. They can involve the design of something new or the reuse of existing resources.
Projects can be of any scale, from a local street to a civic boulevard, a community park to a regional greenway, an interior space to a room to a cluster of buildings and spaces.
Projects must have been completed within the last five years, but have been in existence for a sufficient period of time to enable assessment of how well the design responds to user needs.
What issues does the jury consider?
Places must be recognizable as distinct within a larger fabric of relationships—they should help improve their setting by advancing a larger vision, repair an unsatisfactory relationship, or add something that a previous design failed to provide.
Designs submitted should involve a place that is meaningful to a community, consider an issue of social, cultural, or ecological importance, or demonstrate how the design is configured to serve a broader constituency and provide enduring benefits.
Designs submitted should illustrate the potential to enhance quality of life of a wide range of user groups.
Submissions should address the design project context and significance; the design project process — illustrating response to human-needs research, human perceptions, citizen participation; relation of process to design outcomes; and both the focused and broader impact of the design project.
Any plan generated within the past three years that makes proposals for the future use, management, or design of a place can be entered — including master plans, issue/ component-specific plans or elements, management plans, vision documents, or charrette proposals, as long as people-place consideration and well-being is a central focus of the plan/process.
Plans can operate at a range of scales, from a specific area, such as a cluster of buildings, a campus or neighborhood, to a region. They can consider a variety of issues, such as urban design, preservation, social equity, environmental management, transportation, accessibility, community development, facilities programming, and community visioning.
Plans must have been sponsored by an external organized entity — such as a public agency, community group, or private business or institution. Plans should be available for public review and input, but they need not have received official approval.
What issues does the jury consider?
Plans should address the context of how specific places or activities operate within a larger fabric of spatial, functional, economic, political, environmental, and cultural relationships. Plans should involve places of public, environmental, or social significance, consider issues of social and environmental importance, and/or be configured to expand the constituency for a place especially to those groups that are often underrepresented in mainstream planning processes. Plans should indicate clear, relevant and innovative methods/processes. They should incorporate effective strategies for participation and communication amongst stakeholders, involving affected constituencies in formulating the plan and conveying the plan’s significance to those whose involvement and commitment will be necessary for achieving the plan goals and objectives.
Even if the plan goals have not yet been realized, the planning process should have demonstrable outcomes that indicate progress towards achieving the stated outcomes. They should result in specific design, management, or policy initiatives; broaden and strengthen the constituency for the place; attract additional resources to the place; or enhance the discussion about or perception of the place. The emphasis of an entry should be to clearly describe the process that led to the final plan.