Celebrating those who transform urban problems into creative solutions since 1987, the biennial Rudy Bruner Award (RBA) has announced the 2013 finalists. The prize aims to illuminate the complex process of urban placemaking by seeking out often overlooked urban exemplars whose existence heightens the richness and diversity of American cities.
In celebration of their achievement, one $50,000 Gold Medal award and four $10,000 Silver Medals will be awarded to the finalists in May.
The 2013 Rudy Bruner Award 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 food services employment training and placement, as well as free and subsidized meals to working poor families and market-rate meals to the public.
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.
“The Rudy Bruner Award is more than an award for excellence. It is an award for those who believe that social equity, economic opportunity and environmental stewardship can be embraced to sustain all America’s communities. For those of us who have been fortunate to participate, it is the equivalent of an advanced degree in finance, community, and economic development.” – Mayor Norman B. Rice, 1995 Selection Committee
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