The Architect’s Newspaper (AN)’s inaugural 2013 Best of Design Awards featured six categories. Since then, it’s grown to 26 exciting categoriesAs in years past, jury members (Erik Verboon, Claire Weisz, Karen Stonely, Christopher Leong, Adrianne Weremchuk, and AN’s Matt Shaw) were picked for their expertise and high regard in the design community. They based their judgments on evidence of innovation, creative use of new technology, sustainability, strength of presentation, and, most importantly, great design. We want to thank everyone for their continued support and eagerness to submit their work to the Best of Design Awards. We are already looking forward to growing next year’s coverage for you.

2016 Best of Design Award for Urban Design: Chicago Riverwalk, Phase 2

Architects: Ross Barney Architects and Sasaki Associates
Location: Chicago, IL

Commissioned by Chicago’s Department of Transportation and designed by Ross Barney Architects and Sasaki Associates, the Riverwalk transforms derelict urban infrastructure into a one-and-a-half-mile-long civic space, creating an activated riverfront in the heart of Chicago. Each of the project’s three phases takes on the form and program of a different river-based typology: marina, cove, and river theater. With its wine bar, kayak tours, boat docking services, water taxi stop, and dynamic public programming, the Chicago Riverwalk has virtually become the city’s outdoor living room.

Engineering Consultant
Alfred Benesch & Company

Landscape Architects
Jacobs / Ryan Associates

Granite
Coldspring

Operable Storefront
Solar Innovations

Boeddeker Park. (Courtesy Matthew Millman)

Boeddeker Park. (Courtesy Matthew Millman)

Honorable Mention, Urban Design: Boeddeker Park

Architect: WRNS Studio
Location: San Francisco, CA

Boeddeker Park. (Courtesy WRNS Studio)

Boeddeker Park. (Courtesy WRNS Studio)

After poor design additions earned this small inner-city park the moniker “Prison Park,” the Trust for Public Land and the City of San Francisco teamed up with WRNS to create a new park and clubhouse that serves as a model of civic engagement, inspiration, resource conservation, and adaptability, while addressing the community’s needs.

Positioning Pullman. (Courtesy Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture)

Positioning Pullman. (Courtesy Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture)

Honorable Mention, Urban Design: Positioning Pullman

Architect: Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture
Location: Chicago, IL

Positioning Pullman. (Courtesy Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture)

Positioning Pullman. (Courtesy Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture)

Now a neighborhood of Chicago, Pullman dates to 1880 and is the country’s first planned industrial community. Following its 2015 designation as a National Monument, a wide range of experts came together to launch Positioning Pullman, a collaborative ideas workshop to help Pullman grow into its new role and prepare for increased tourism.

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