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These five projects are vying for $50,000 as part of this year’s Rudy Bruner Award

Five finalists have been unveiled for the 2017 Rudy Bruner Award for Urban Excellence (RBA) prize. Celebrating its third decade running, the RBA seeks to recognize transformative places that positively impact the economic, environmental, and social make-up of American cities. Since starting, the biennial competition has rewarded 78 projects across 27 states. This year, $50,000 is up for grabs, with this sum being awarded to the Gold medal winner. A Silver medal will also be given to the four runners-up, who will take home $10,000. The money will be used to enhance the projects and take them further. The finalists were selected by a committee of urban experts (see list below) who conducted site visits and interviews with project participants and community members. Further site visits and interviews will be undertaken to decide on the eventual medal winners which are due to be announced in June. Bruce C. Bolling Municipal Building Boston, MA A complex integrating public school headquarters, community meeting space, retail, and transit. (Submitted by City of Boston). Chicago Riverwalk Phases 2 and 3 Chicago, IL A pedestrian park providing access to the river and new waterfront amenities. (Submitted by Sasaki). Iberville Offsite Rehabs 1 & 2 New Orleans, LA The rehabilitation of 46 scattered site historic homes for homeless women and children. (Submitted by Kronberg Wall Architects/Planners). La Kretz Innovation Campus + Arts District Park Los Angeles, CA A demonstration facility promoting clean technologies and the city’s green economy. (Submitted by Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator and John Friedman Alice Kimm Architects). SteelStacks Arts and Cultural Campus Bethlehem, PA Transformation of an abandoned steel plant into a mixed-use cultural and entertainment district. (Submitted by Redevelopment Authority of the City of Bethlehem). The 2017 selection committee:
  • Knox White - Mayor, Greenville, SC
  • Kimberly Driggins - Director of Strategic Planning, City of Detroit Planning and Development Department, Detroit, MI
  • David Lee, FAIA - President, Stull and Lee Incorporated, Architects, Boston, MA
  • Willett Moss - Principal, CMG Landscape Architecture, San Francisco, CA
  • Deidre Schmidt - President & CEO, CommonBond Communities, Minneapolis, MN
  • Scot Spencer - Associate Director for Advocacy and Influence, Annie E. Casey Foundation, Baltimore, MD
“Over the past thirty years, the Rudy Bruner Award has honored a diversity of pivotal places, from Seattle’s Pike Place Market to Project Row Houses in Houston to New York’s Brooklyn Bridge Park, bringing to light their contributions to improving the quality of life in America,” said RBA Founder Simeon Bruner in a press release. “After three decades, we’re still discovering and recognizing new ways that public and private ingenuity and design can make our cities more accessible, inclusive, and beautiful for everyone.”
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The Bruner Foundation Announces Winners of the 2013 Gold and Silver Medals for Urban Excellence

The Bruner Foundation Inc. has named the 2013 Gold and Silver Medalists of the Rudy Bruner Award for Urban Excellence (RBA). For twenty-five years, the foundation has celebrated urban projects that stand out for their “contributions to the social, economic, and communal vitality of our nation's cities” with this biennial award. A panel of six urbanists—including such experts as Cathy Simon, design principal at Perkins + Will, and Mayor Mick Cornett, Oklahoma City—selected the four Silver Medalists, and the recipient of the $50,000 Gold Medal, Inspiration Kitchens in Chicago. “Our twenty-fifth anniversary Rudy Bruner Award winners highlight the diversity of innovation in our cities today,” says Simeon Bruner, founder of RBA, in a statement. “They show us urban excellence at all scales and inspire us with their optimism.” The Gold Medal winner, Inspiration Kitchens is a nonprofit, that provides a restaurant training program for homeless or economically challenged individuals at its 80-seat LEED Gold certified facility on Chicago’s west side. The Bruner Foundation will award $10,000 to four Silver Medalists,  including: Congo Street Initiative, Dallas, TX: The LEED Gold or Platinum-certified restoration of five family houses and the construction of a sixth, in addition to the creation of green infrastructure that includes stormwater management and solar power and solar thermal systems. Louisville Waterfront Park, Louisville, KY: An 85-acre urban park, once an abandoned industrial swathe of land, transformed over the course of two decades into a vibrant greenspace and waterfront community that provides a link to the city with the Ohio River. The Steel Yard, Providence, RI: A 3.5-acre historic steel fabrication facility that serves as a center for arts education, workforce training, and small-scale manufacturing. Via Verde, Bronx, NY: A 222-unit, LEED Gold certified, affordable housing development in the Bronx, designed by Dattner Architects and Grimshaw, featuring green roofs and solar panels.