Urban Open Space Award

Thousand Lantern Park System in Nahhai, China. Co-Winner of the 2015 ULI Urban Open Space Award

Thousand Lantern Park System in Nahhai, China. Co-Winner of the 2015 ULI Urban Open Space Award

The 2016 submissions period is closed.

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.

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, MetLife Foundation, and ULI Foundation joined forces to continue the ULI Urban Open Space Award.

2015 Winners

Two urban parks—one in Oklahoma City, the other in Foshan, China—have been have been selected as winners in the global 2015 Urban Open Space Award competition. The two were selected from an impressive collection of entries, representing urban areas from across the globe.

Thousand Lantern Lake Park System, owned by the Nanhai District Government and designed by the SWA Group, is a park system that represents a defining infrastructural effort that is integral to Nanhai’s strategic approach of urban transformation within a successful, people-oriented urban development district.  The park system provides a creative solution for attracting people to its newly constructed Guangdong Financial High-tech Industrial Zone.

Myriad Botanical Gardens, owned by the Myriad Gardens Foundation and designed by the Office of James Burnett, and Murase Associates, is a joint investment effort that takes a highly-underused yet prime 15-acre urban downtown garden and park site that had fallen into disrepair, and turns it into a state-of-the-art, highly active destination to improve the quality of life in Oklahoma City and continue the renaissance of the entire downtown.

The 2015 Urban Open Space Award finalists were:

View all winners and finalists since 2010.

2016 Schedule

Applications open:
December 1, 2015

Submissions early-bird deadline:
January 22, 2016

Submissions final deadline:
February 22, 2016

Finalists announced:
May 2016

Site visits by jury representatives:
May–August 2016

Winners announced/award ceremony:
Fall Meeting in Dallas, Texas, October 25–28, 2016

For additional information, e-mail awards@uli.org.

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