“Each finalist encourages communities to stay and actively participate, enlivening their neighborhoods and tightening the fabric of their cities.”
M. Leanne Lachman,
The Urban Open Space Award celebrates and promotes vibrant, successful urban open spaces by annually recognizing and rewarding an outstanding example of a public destination that has enriched and revitalized its surrounding community.
Now a Global Competition
ULI Urban Open Space Award 2015 submissions open on November 17, 2014
2014 Winner: Klyde Warren Park in Dallas
Klyde Warren Park, a 5.2-acre deck park built over a recessed freeway in Texas, was awarded the 2014 ULI Urban Open Space Award for bridging the downtown Dallas cultural district with burgeoning mixed-use neighborhoods, reshaping the city and catalyzing economic development. Learn more about Klyde Warren Park and the four finalists:
- Columbus Commons and Scioto Mile (Columbus, Ohio)
- Guthrie Green (Tulsa, Oklahoma)
- The Railyard Park and Plaza (Santa Fe, New Mexico)
- Washington Park (Cincinnati, Ohio)
ULI Urban Open Space Award through the Years: A Comprehensive Listing of Winners and finalists since 2010
About the Award
The award was created through the generosity of Amanda M. Burden, New York City planning commissioner and 2009 laureate of the ULI J.C. Nichols Prize for Visionaries in Urban Development. In 2011, the Kresge Foundation, the MetLife Foundation, and the ULI Foundation joined forces to continue the ULI Urban Open Space Award through 2014. For 2015 the Urban Land Institute reaffirmed its commitment to continue supporting the award, and announced it as a program now open to global submissions.
The winner of the ULI Urban Open Space Award receives a commemorative plaque and is recognized in an awards ceremony held in conjunction with ULI’s Fall Meeting. A $10,000 cash prize is awarded to support the individual or organization most responsible for the regular upkeep and/or creation of the winning open space project. Further recognition includes press releases and announcements in Urban Land magazine and on ULI.org.
Eligible projects must:
- Be located in an urbanized area;
- Have been open to the public at least one year and no more than 15 years;
- Be predominantly outdoors and inviting to the public;
- Be a lively gathering space, providing abundant and varied seating, sun and shade, and trees and plantings, with attractions and features that offer many different ways for visitors to enjoy the space;
- Be used intensively on a daily basis, and act as a destination for a broad spectrum of users throughout the year;
- Have a positive economic impact on its surroundings;
- Promote physical, social, and economic health of the larger community; and
- Provide lessons, strategies, and techniques that can be used or adapted in other communities.
Members of the jury serve in evaluating the ULI Urban Open Space Award and the ULI Global Awards for Excellence, applying the same rigorous procedure for each of these specific awards. Jury members are selected internationally to achieve regional balance and represent several facets of development expertise, including finance, architecture, land planning and development, public affairs, design, and professional services. Learn more.