The winning projects include the Chicago Riverwalk, Azkuna Zentroa, Buffalo Bayou Park, Downtown Allentown Revitalization District, Emeryville Center of Community Life, Half Moon Village, Kashiwa-no-ha Smart City, Marine Gateway, Milwaukee RiverWalk, Oasia Hotel Downtown, Pearl, University Center – the New School, and West Don Lands.
The winners were selected by an international jury made up of ULI members representing a multidisciplinary collection of real estate development expertise, including finance, land planning, development, public affairs, design, and other professional services.
“’Each of these winners demonstrates a thoughtful, innovative approach to urban development that is adding to the sustainability and livability of the communities in which they are located,’ said 2017–2018 Global Awards jury chairman Wendy Rowden, president of 42nd Street Development Corp. in New York City. ‘The attention paid to project detail, flexible design, and neighborhood context were among the factors making these entries stand out. They represent the type of development that will withstand the tests of time and change.’
‘Cities are about people—the way we interact, get around, and go about our daily routines. Great cities are made of great places that make the urban experience easy and enjoyable,’ said Patrick L. Phillips, ULI global chief executive officer. ‘These projects reflect the highest standards of design, construction, economics, planning, and management. But most important, they are improving people’s quality of life.’
The Awards for Excellence program, established in 1979 and subsequently expanded to a global program, recognizes real estate projects that achieve the highest standard of excellence in design, construction, economics, planning, and management. Widely considered the centerpiece of ULI’s efforts to promote best practices in real estate development, the program recognizes the full development process of a project, not just its architecture or design.”
More about each of the winning projects can be found at urbanland.uli.org.