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Urban Land Institute Announces Finalists for the 2012 Global Awards for Excellence Competition
June 07, 2012 | Urban Land Institute

WASHINGTON (June 7, 2012) — Twenty-nine developments from across the globe have been selected as finalists in this year’s Urban Land Institute's (ULI) Global Awards for Excellence competition, widely recognized as the land use industry’s most prestigious recognition program. From this elite group, up to fourteen will be selected as winners of the competition; the winners will be announced in October during ULI’s 2012 Fall Meeting in Denver.

The competition, now in its 34th year, is the centerpiece of ULI’s efforts to identify and promote best practices in all types of real estate development. Each of the finalists, selected from nearly 200 entries throughout the world, has been successful in achieving a high standard of excellence in design, construction, economics, planning and management.

"The global award finalists collectively demonstrate many best practices in land use,” said jury chairman Randall K. Rowe, chairman of Green Courte Partners, LLC, Lake Forest, Illinois. “These projects each add to the economic health and vitality of their respective communities and represent the application of many development principles that ULI supports as part of its central mission. It is the jury's hope that by singling out these projects, the study of the best features of each finalist will provide ideas, strategies and techniques that can be adapted in other communities."

The finalists (developers and architects in parentheses) are:

8 House, Copenhagen, Denmark (Developer: Høpfner Partners; Architect: BIG - Bjarke Ingels Group) - Building operating as a three-dimensional neighborhood including residential and small business opportunities articulated around communal spaces.

Accident Fund Holdings, Inc. New National Headquarters, Lansing, Mich., USA (Developer: Christman Capital Development Company; Architects: HOK, Quinn Evans Architects, et al) - Historic preservation partnership for the repurposing of a power plant for higher-end office use.

Armstrong Place Senior and Family Housing, San Francisco, Calif., USA (Developer: BRIDGE Housing Corporation; Architect: David Baker + Partners) - Affordable and senior housing as a catalyst for revitalization.

Atlantic Wharf, Boston, Mass., USA (Developer: Boston Properties; Architect: CBT Architects) - Mixed-use green waterfront skyscraper integrated with the harbor and surrounding neighborhood.

China Resources City Crossing Phase II, Shenzhen, China (Developer: China Resources Ltd.; Architect: RTKL) - Large mixed-use complex transforming and reconnecting an urban enclave through phased development.

Darling Quarter and Commonwealth Bank Place, Sydney, Australia (Developer: Lend Lease; Architect: fjmt, ASPECT Studios) - Major transformation of the public domain, integrating large-scale commercial development, highly articulated playground and public space.

Eitel Building City Apartments, Minneapolis, Minn., USA (Developer: Village Green Residential Companies; Architect: BKV Group) -Historic preservation development reengaging the structure in the neighborhood with a residential rental model.

Forum Istanbul,
Istanbul, Turkey (Developer: Multi Development Turkiye; Architect: T+T Design, Building Design Partnership) - Innovative large-scale commercial transformation within a densely populated district.

Friar's Court, Cincinnati, Ohio, USA (Developer: Cornerstone Corporation for Shared Equity; Architect: APIX Design) - Historic rehabilitation of a building complex generating a mix of market rate and affordable housing units.

Harbor East, Baltimore, Md., USA (Developer: Harbor East Development Group LLC; Architect: Beatty Harvey Coco, Hill Glazier Studios et al) - Complex large-scale new waterfront neighborhood with a transformative impact reflected in its variety of uses.

Levine Center for the Arts, Charlotte, N.C., USA (Developer: Childress Klein Properties; Architect: TVSDesign, Machado and Silvetti Associates, Mario Botta et al) - Cultural complex as an urban experience, generating a vibrant and high-energy arts district.

Life Hub @ Jinqiao,
Shanghai, China (Developer: Shanghai Edmonton Real Estate Co., Ltd.; Architect: Palmer & Turner Consultants Ltd.) - Retail-anchored mixed-use development project articulating an integrated environment.

Livestrong Foundation Headquarters,
Austin, Tex., USA (Developer: Livestrong Foundation; Architect: Lake/Flato Architects) - Adaptive reuse of a warehouse in an under-served culturally diverse community.

Manitoba Hydro Place, Winnipeg, Manitoba N/A Canada (Developer: Manitoba Hydro; Kuwabara Payne McKenna Blumberg Architects et al) - Public/private partnership to generate a downtown state-of-the art energy efficient office structure.

Market Square Place,
Pittsburgh, Pa., USA (Developer: Millcraft Industries Incorporated; Architect: Strada LLC) - Transformation of building structures in historic core, assembling complex financing to spur revitalization with a mix of tenants.

Mirabella at South Waterfront,
Portland, Ore., USA (Developer: Pacific Retirement Services; Architect: Ankrom Moisan) – High-rise retirement community enabling engagement in the greater downtown lifestyle.

Palazzo Lombardia,
Milan, Italy (Developer: Infrastrutture Lombarde; Architect: Pei Cobb Freed & Partners Architects LLP et al) - New seat of the regional government and civic square relating to the surrounding context.

Red Oak Park, Boulder, Colo., USA (Developer: Boulder Housing Partners; Architect: Coburn Development) - Urban infill redevelopment of a mobile home park into highly sustainable affordable housing.

Saigon South New City Center, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam (Developer: Phy My Hung Corporation; Architect: Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP, Kenzo Tange Associates et al) - Large master-planned community retaining local character with a sustainable approach.

Santa Monica Place, Santa Monica, Calif., USA (Developer: Macerich; Architect: The Jerde Partnership, Inc et al) - Adaptive retail reuse providing a model shopping mall revitalization.

TAXI, Denver, Colo., USA (Developer: Zeppelin Development; Architect: Alan Evan Brown, Will Bruder et al) - Redevelopment of a former brownfield taxi headquarters into a catalytic hub for entrepreneurs.

The Power House, St. Louis, Mo., USA (Developer/Architect: Cannon Design) - Restoration, renovation, and adaptive office reuse of former municipal powerhouse.

The Avenue, Washington, D.C., USA (Developer: Boston Properties; Architect: Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects LLP, Hickok Cole Architects et al) - Complex mixed-use development of a city block reintegrating diverse urban functionality.

The Carruth,
Boston, Mass., USA (Developer: Trinity Financial, Inc.; Architect: The Architectural Team, Inc.) - Transit oriented development with a complex financial structure to produce a mixed-use/mixed-income enclave.

The Fitzrovia Apartments, London, UK - (Developer: Ridgeford Properties Ltd. and Manhattan Loft Corporation; Architect: HOK)
Mixed-use high end development including an affordable component and a public/private partnership to redevelop a medical facility.

The Fullerton Heritage, Singapore (Developer: Precious Quay Pte Ltd; Architect: DP Architects Pte Ltd) - Highly articulated waterfront redevelopment integrating historic structures.

Tour First, Paris, France (Developer: Altarea-Cogedim, AXA REIM and Beacon Capital Partners ; Architect: Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates) - Refurbishment and modernization of a pioneering skyscraper enhancing its presence and impact in the surrounding area.

Valletta Waterfront, Malta (Developer: Valletta Cruise Port; Architect/Designer: David Drago, EDSA, Inc.) - Regeneration of derelict ferry terminals in a historic core maintain offering a new amenity model.

Wuhan Tiandi District One, Wuhan, China (Developer: Shui On Land Limited; Architect: Palmer & Turner International, Skidmore, Owings and Merrill LLP, BenWood Studio) - Pioneering sustainable mixed-used community integrating historic structures and engaging the city grid.

The competition is part of the Institute’s Awards for Excellence program, established in 1979, which is based on ULI’s guiding principle that the achievement of excellence in land use practice should be recognized and rewarded. ULI’s Awards for Excellence recognize the full development process of a project, not just its architecture or design. The criteria for the awards include leadership, contribution to the community, innovations, public/private partnership, environmental protection and enhancement, response to societal needs, and financial viability.

Over the years, the Awards for Excellence program has evolved from the recognition of one development in North America to an international competition with multiple winners. The ULI Awards for Excellence: Europe was added in 2004, followed by the ULI Awards for Excellence: Asia Pacific and the Global Awards in 2005. In 2012, ULI combined the separate regional programs into a single global competition. Throughout the program’s history, all types of projects have been recognized for their excellence, including office, residential, recreational, urban/mixed-use, industrial/office park, commercial/retail, new community, rehabilitation, and public projects and programs.

In addition to jury chairman Rowe, other 2012 competition jury members are: Glenn Aaronson, chief executive officer, Forum Turkey Fund, Amsterdam, Netherlands; Michael S. Balaban, president, Lowe Enterprises Real Estate Group, Eastern Region, Washington, D.C.; William Bonstra, partner, Bonstra Haresign Architects, Washington, D.C.; David Dixon, principal, Goody Clancy, Boston, Mass.; Kenneth H. Hughes, president, Hughes Development, LP, Dallas, Texas; Mark Johnson, president, Civitas, Inc., Denver, Colo.; Christopher W. Kurz, president and chief executive officer, Linden Associates, Inc., Baltimore, Md.; David Malmuth, president, David Malmuth Development, San Diego, Calif.; Jeff Mayer, chief executive officer, Jeff Mayer + Partners, LLC, Irvine, Calif.; and John B. Slidell, executive vice president, The Bozzuto Group, Greenbelt, Md. 

More details on the ULI Awards for Excellence program.

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