Five finalists have been announced for this year’s Urban Land Institute (ULI) Urban Open Space Award, an annual competition that recognizes outstanding examples of successful large- and small-scale public spaces that have socially enriched and revitalized the economy of their surrounding communities.
This year’s finalists are the Columbus Commons and Scioto Mile in Columbus, Ohio; Guthrie Green in Tulsa, Okla.; Klyde Warren Park in Dallas, Texas; Railyard Park + Plaza in Santa Fe, N.M.; and Washington Park in Cincinnati, Ohio. An international jury – representing several facets of development expertise including finance, architecture, land planning and development, public affairs, design, and professional services – will select one winner later in the year.
The winning project is scheduled to be announced at the ULI Fall Meeting, set for October 21-23, 2014 in New York City. 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. While landscape architecture and urban design were factors in the judging, the jury selected finalists based on a broader set of criteria, including overall project design and how each impacted or revived their surrounding areas.