Celebrating Twenty-Five Years of Honoring Innovative Urban Placemaking
Cambridge, MA – January 30, 2013 – The Bruner Foundation Inc., sponsor of the Rudy Bruner Award for Urban Excellence (RBA), today announced the five finalists for its 2013 award. This year marks the twenty-fifth anniversary of this pioneering, biennial accolade, which seeks to identify exemplary urban places nationwide and celebrate their impact on the economic, social, and physical fabric of our cities. Established in 1987, the award was created by architect and developer Simeon Bruner, founding principal of Bruner/Cott Architects and Planners (Cambridge, MA), in honor of his late father.
The 2013 RBA finalists are:
Congo Street Initiative - Dallas, TX - submitted by buildingcommunityWORKSHOP
The sustainable rehabilitation of five houses and street infrastructure along with construction of a new home that provided transitional housing, in collaboration with resident families
Inspiration Kitchens – Chicago, IL – submitted by Inspiration Corporation
An 80-seat restaurant providing free meals to working poor families and market-rate meals to the public as well as workforce training and placement
Louisville Waterfront Park – Louisville, KY – submitted by Louisville Waterfront Development Corporation
An 82-acre urban park developed over more than two decades that reconnects the city with the Ohio River
The Steel Yard - Providence, RI – submitted by Klopfer Martin Design Group
The redevelopment of an abandoned, historic steel fabrication facility into a campus for arts education, workforce training, and small-scale manufacturing
Via Verde - Bronx, NY – submitted by Jonathan Rose Companies and Phipps Houses
A 222-unit, LEED Gold certified, affordable housing development in the Bronx designed as a model for healthy and sustainable urban living
Entries, which comprise completed projects in urban environments in the forty-eight contiguous states, are evaluated by a selection committee of urban experts based on general criteria focused on people, place, and process. The 2013 selection committee members are:
Mick Cornett - Mayor, Oklahoma City, OK
Ann Coulter - Owner, A. Coulter Consulting, Chattanooga, TN
Walter Hood - Principal, Hood Design, Oakland, CA
Cathy Simon - Design Principal, Perkins+Will, San Francisco, CA
Susan Szenasy - Editor-in-Chief, Metropolis, New York, NY
Jane Werner - Executive Director, Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh (2007 RBA Gold Medal), Pittsburgh, PA
Next month, RBA staff members will begin site visits to each finalist project in preparation for the committee’s selection of the medal winners in May. The medalists will receive cash awards to support their projects: the Gold Medal recipient receives $50,000, and the Silver Medal recipients, $10,000 each. A book chronicling the winning project case studies will be published next year and disseminated to academicians, city planners, and others to benefit urban planning nationwide.
The number of entries for this year’s program swelled 80 percent from the last entry period. “Investment in American cities is growing,” says Simeon Bruner, Founder, Rudy Bruner Award for Urban Excellence. “Collaborative, innovative approaches are essential to addressing the increasingly complex challenges of urban development and ensuring the long-term economic, environmental and social health of our cities. We are proud to highlight these efforts and honor the best of urban placemaking in the country with the Rudy Bruner Award as we have over the past twenty-five years.”
About Bruner Foundation, Inc.
Established in 1963, Bruner Foundation, Inc. is renowned for its pioneering approach to social issues including health care, education, evaluation, and the built environment. It was the leading force in the 1970s in establishing the position of physician’s assistant, providing a new level of medical care for underserved areas. It was also instrumental in the restoration of Holocaust studies in educational curricula across the nation. In the 1980s, the Foundation established the RBA and also began to focus on the evaluation of non-profit organizations, continuing to support major programs in this arena today. The Bruner Foundation publishes a book profiling RBA recipients at the conclusion of each award cycle. An archive of all submitted entries is maintained at the University at Buffalo, The State University of New York. For more information, visit www.brunerfoundation.org.