The Urban Land Institute (ULI) has selected Richard Rogers as the 2015 recipient of the J.C. Nichols Prize for Visionaries in Urban Development. The Institute’s highest honor, the award "recognizes a person or a person representing an institution who has demonstrated a longtime commitment to the creation of communities that reflect the highest standards of design and development."
Rogers was selected as the prize's 16th recipient for "his career-long focus on creating sustainable communities that thrive by providing a high quality of life for all citizens."
“Achieving an urban renaissance is about creating the quality of life and vitality that make urban living desirable. The compact city is the only environmentally sustainable way to live in an urbanizing world. We must bring about a change in urban attitudes so that towns and cities become and remain attractive places in which to live, work, and socialize,” Rogers says.
“Richard’s work, whether it is architecture or advocacy, shines a spotlight on the challenges that people in urban areas are facing and offers solutions that can be implemented,” says 2015 Nichols Prize Jury Chairman Marilyn Taylor, Dean of the University of Pennsylvania School of Design in Philadelphia and a former ULI Chairman. “Living well in cities and extending that sense of wellness to everyone – those are the impacts that Richard is making with his words, his advocacy and his work. His impact is as much about how he has affected public policy as in the buildings he has built. Better ideas about housing, or about how public space meets a building – that’s where Richard’s contribution is.”
Rogers will be awarded the prize at a celebratory event during the ULI Europe Conference set for February 2–3, 2016, in Paris.
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