Kevin Brass Selected as 2017 Winner of ULI’s Apgar Urban Land Award

Award Recognizes Best Contributions to Urban Land Magazine, ULI’s Flagship Publication

SEATTLE (May 4, 2017) – The Urban Land Institute (ULI) has selected Kevin Brass as the recipient of the 2017 ULI Apgar Urban Land award, which recognizes industry articles of practical value published in Urban Land magazine, ULI’s flagship publication. Brass was honored today at the ULI Spring Meeting in Seattle.

Brass was selected for three articles published in Urban Land in 2016: “Before it Runs Off,” which appeared in the May/June issue; “Drawing People In,” published in the January/February issue; and “Rerouting the Trinity River,” published in the September/October issue.

“Before it Runs Off” focuses on innovative techniques being used to capture and retain rainwater and graywater, and create a community amenity in the process. “Drawing People In” looks at how to gain community support for higher-density development through an inclusive process to ensure community residents are fully informed, and by emphasizing thoughtful design and creative placemaking. “Rerouting the Trinity River” describes Fort Worth’s bold plans to redirect the river that runs through the city to increase the amount of land in the city’s downtown, connect people with the waterfront, and improve flood control. In each case, the award jury cited timeliness, relevance and writing quality as factors that made Brass’s articles stand out.

The ULI Apgar Urban Land Award, which is based on articles published during the previous calendar year, recognizes the authors of Urban Land articles that best advance ULI’s mission and areas of focus. Presented annually from 1991 to 2006, the award was reintroduced in 2012 with intent of encouraging entrepreneurs, executives, and professionals to communicate their ideas, knowledge, research and experience for the benefit of the entire real estate community.

The award was created by long-time ULI member and current ULI Governor Mahlon “Sandy” Apgar to highlight and recognize the quality of writing in Urban Land magazine. A $500 honorarium is presented to the winner. In addition to the advancement of ULI’s mission, other award criteria include relevance to current land use and development issues; strength of the authors’ analyses; perceptiveness of the authors’ reasoning; and clarity of presentation.

In addition to his work for Urban Land, Brass writes regularly about building, design and business for the New York Times, Financial Times and Wall Street Journal. In recent years, he’s been primarily based overseas, including stints in Barcelona and Abu Dhabi, where he covered Middle East development as a business reporter for the UAE-based The National. He also served as public affairs manager for the non-profit Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat, an international association for designers and builders of skyscrapers.

Brass received the Apgar Award during ULI’s Spring Meeting in Seattle this week. “Kevin’s work exemplifies what makes Urban Land a ‘must-read’ publication for our members,” said ULI Global Chief Executive Officer Patrick L. Phillips, who announced the award winner to meeting attendees. “He adeptly tackled three different but equally complex issues of high interest to real estate professionals – managing stormwater, selling density, and recreating a city’s waterfront. We congratulate him on a job well done.”

For more information on the Apgar Urban Land Award, visit our Awards page.


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