ULI Announces Winners for the 2013 Global Awards for Excellence

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CHICAGO (November 8, 2013) — The Urban Land Institute (ULI) has selected twelve developments as winners in the 35th annual ULI Global Awards for Excellence competition, widely recognized as the land use industry’s most prestigious recognition program. The projects were honored in a ceremony today at the ULI Fall Meeting in Chicago.

The program — which honors real estate projects that achieve a high standard of excellence in design, construction, economics, planning and management — is the centerpiece of ULI’s efforts to identify and promote best practices in all types of real estate development.

According to jury chair M. Leanne Lachman, president of Lachman Associates, New York, N.Y., this year’s winning projects showcase efforts that have both succeeded in pushing ingenuity and exemplifying best practices in land use. “The 2013 ULI Global Award winners offer twelve remarkable projects that cover a broad geographic range, very diverse project typologies, and several models of development. And yet they all highlight a common thread: a committed contribution to a healthy living environment through responsible real estate development, and a dedication to building enduring communities,” said Lachman.

The winners (developers and architects in parentheses) are:

  • 21c Museum Hotel Cincinnati, Cincinnati, Ohio, USA (Developer: 21c Museum Hotels; Designers: Deborah Berke Partners et al) – Renewal of a downtown enclave with an innovative model pivoting on the integration of an art museum, and a hotel.
  • Altmarkt-Galerie Dresden, Dresden, Germany – (Developer: ECE Projektmanagement GmbH & Co. KG; Designers: ECE architects et al) – Large-scale commercial development integrated in the historic city fabric.
  • Amazon.com Global Headquarters, Seattle, Wash., USA (Developer: Vulcan Inc.; Designers: NBBJ, LMN Architects et al) – Multi building office complex project blending seamlessly into an emerging neighborhood.
  • D-Cube City, Seoul, South Korea (Developer:  Daesung Industrial Co., Ltd.; Designers: The Jerde Partnership; Samoo, et al) – Public district that integrates a new model for urban renewal and smart density, as well as mixed-use, transit-oriented development.
  • HafenCity Hamburg (New Downtown City district), Hamburg, Germany (Developer: HafenCity Hamburg GmbH; Masterplanners/Designers:KCAP, ASTOC et al.) – Implementation of a master plan that expands the inner city of Hamburg towards the river Elbe by redeveloping the adjacent former port area into a completely new downtown area,.
  • Hysan Place, Hong Kong, China (Developer: Hysan Development Company Limited; Designers: Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates, HK Ltd, et al) – Sustainable office space introduced in a shopping district, articulating green spaces and enhanced productivity.
  • Midtown Detroit, Detroit, Mich., USA (Developer: Midtown Detroit, Inc.) – Innovative approach to the revitalization of an inner city district.
  • Roosevelt University Student Living, Academic and Recreation Center, Chicago, Ill., USA (Developer: John Buck Company; Development Manager: Jones Lang LaSalle; Designer: VOA Associates Inc.) – Modeling the “vertical campus” in the city with an integration of classrooms, administrative offices, and sustainable student spaces.
  • Station Center, Union City, Calif., USA (Developer: MidPen Housing Corp.; Designer: David Baker + Partners) – Mixed-use, transit-oriented city center development for mixed-income residents.
  • Territoria 3000, Santiago de Chile, Chile (Developer: Territoria; Designer: Handel Architects) – Complex land assembly that generates an iconic mixed-use block in the city.
  • UC Davis West Village, Davis, Calif., USA (Developer: West Village Community Partnership, LLC; Design and consultant team: Studio E Architects, MVE Institutional, Lim Chang Rohling Assoc, Moore Rubell Yudell, SWA Group, Cunningham Engineering) – Mixed-use neighborhood developed as a zero net energy community.
  • Via Verde – The Green Way, New York, N.Y., USA (Developers: Phipps Houses, Jonathan Rose Companies; Designers: Dattner Architects & Grimshaw ) – Model sustainable and affordable housing adding to the revitalization of the neighborhood.

The Awards for Excellence program, established in 1979, 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. 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 Lachman, other 2013 competition jury members are: Glenn Aaronson, managing partner, Aevitas Property Partners; chairman, Forum Turkey Fund, Amsterdam, Netherlands; William Bonstra, partner, Bonstra Haresign Architects, Washington, D.C.; Michael Covarrubias, chairman and chief executive officer, TMG Partners, San Francisco, Calif.; David Dixon, principal, Goody Clancy, Boston, Mass.; Dr. Sujata S. Govada, managing director, UDP International, Hyderabad, India; Jason Hellendrung, principal, Sasaki Associates, Watertown, Mass.; Mark Johnson, president, Civitas, Inc., Denver, Colo.; Jeff Kingsbury, managing principal, Greenstreet Ltd., Indianapolis, Ind.; Jeff Mayer, director of international planning, Bassenian Lagoni, Newport Beach, Calif.; Jacinta McCann, executive vice president, AECOM, San Francisco, Calif.; and Trini M. Rodriguez, principal, Parker Rodriguez, Inc., Alexandria, Va.

NOTE TO REPORTERS AND EDITORS: For more details on the award and previous winners, visit the Awards for Excellence competition page.  Courtesy images of the Global Award winners are provided by ULI for use by legitimate members of the press and media only.

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