Seeking Great Urban Places: 2013 Rudy Bruner Award Call for Entries

The Bruner Foundation is seeking projects that illustrate creative, collaborative approaches to urban placemaking for the 2013 Rudy Bruner Award. Submissions must be received by December 10, 2012.

The Rudy Bruner Award for Urban Excellence is a biennial award that celebrates urban places distinguished by quality design and their social, economic and contextual contributions to the urban environment. Founded by Cambridge architect Simeon Bruner in 1987, the award seeks projects that showcase innovative thinking about placemaking in American cities.

One gold medal of $50,000 and four silver medals of $10,000 are awarded in each cycle. Projects must be a real place, not just a plan or a program, and be located in the 48 contiguous United States. Award winners may use prize money in any way that benefits the project. Each winning project is documented with a detailed case study and incorporated into a book published by the Bruner Foundation.

Award winners reflect a diversity of project types, scales and innovation. In 2011 winning projects included The Bridge Homeless Assistance Center in Dallas (gold medal), Brooklyn Bridge Park, Civic Space Park in Phoenix – which features Janet Echelman’s (LF 2008) sculpture Her Place is Patience, Gary Comer Youth Center/Gary Comer College Prep in Chicago and the Santa Fe Railyard Redevelopment.

The Bruner Foundation assembles a new selection committee for each award cycle. Each committee includes a mayor of an American city, planning and development professionals, design advocates, and a previous award winner. The 2013 Selection Committee includes Oklahoma City mayor Mick Cornett, Ann Coulter (LF 2004), landscape architect Walter Hood, Perkins + Will design principal Cathy Simon (MArch '69), Metropolis editor-in-chief Suzan Szenasy, and Jane Werner, executive director of the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh, a 2007 RBA gold medal winner.

Rudy Bruner Award winners, selection committee participants and project case studies are valuable resources for anyone interested in cities and urban placemaking. The Bruner Foundation partners with Loeb Fellowship to host Bruner-Loeb Forums. These interactive events bring together talent from the two programs to promote national dialogue about ideas and issues facing American cities. The next one – The Art of Placemaking: New Perspectives on Artist-led and Culture-initiated Development – is taking place in Chicago, November 8-9.

With the 25th anniversary of the Rudy Bruner Award, the Bruner Foundation is thinking about ways to increase awareness about the award and its impact. These include connecting and participating in initiatives and conversations taking place locally, nationally and around the world. Stay tuned…

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