The Rudy Bruner Award for Urban Excellence has announced its 2015 gold and silver medalists. For the past 27 years, the biennial competition has honored “transformative places distinguished by physical design and contributions to the economic, environmental and social vitality of America’s cities.”
The courtyard. (Seawall Development Company)
This year’s gold medal—and $50,000—goes to Baltimore’s “Miller Court,” an abandoned industrial facility that was transformed into a mixed-use building with housing, and a focus on fostering teachers and education-focused non-profits. The transformation was spearheaded by the Seawall Development Company, Enterprise Community Investment, and Marks, Thomas Architects. The project was completed in 2009.
“Aware of the challenges facing the Baltimore school system and professionals entering the field through programs like Teach for America, Seawall sought to build a safe, welcoming community for teachers and a home for allied nonprofits that would strengthen the neighborhood and city,” the Bruner Foundation said in a press release. “Attracting national attention as a model, the project has generated additional investment in Remington and has been replicated in Philadelphia.”
Below are the four silver medalists, each of which received $10,000.
Falls Park on the Reedy
Greenville, South Carolina
GRAND RAPIDS DOWNTOWN MARKET. (COURTESY MIKE BUCK)
From the Bruner Foundation: “The renaissance of a 26-acre river corridor running through the heart of Greenville, restoring public access to the falls and greenspace and catalyzing adjacent downtown development. (Submitted by the City of Greenville)”
Grand Rapids Downtown Market
Grand Rapids, Michigan
QUIXOTE VILLAGE IN OLYMPIA, WA. (COURTESY PANZA)
From the Bruner Foundation: “A new downtown public space promoting local food producers and community events, entrepreneurship, and education about nutrition and healthy lifestyles. (Submitted by Grand Rapids Downtown Market)”
UPTOWN DISTRICT IN CLEVELAND, OH. (STANLEY SAITOWITZ, NATOMA ARCHITECTS)
From the Bruner Foundation: “A two-acre community of 30 tiny houses and a common building that provides permanent, supportive housing for chronically homeless adults. (Submitted by Panza)”
From the Bruner Foundation: “The redevelopment of a corridor linking art, educational and health care institutions with surrounding neighborhoods, creating outdoor gathering spaces, retail shops and restaurants, student and market-rate housing, and public transit connections. (Submitted by Case Western Reserve University)”