Urban Open Space Award

ULI is pleased to be presenting the ULI Urban Open Space Award in 2018. In the spirit of the 10-Minute Walk Campaign, the ULI Urban Open Space Award will recognize open spaces—including parks, plazas, squares, parks, memorials, linear parks and trails, or other non-traditional park and open space formats—that have been instrumental in promoting healthy, sustainable, and equitable outcomes in communities.

The 2018 submission period is open, with a final deadline of March 5, 2018.
Submissions are accepted through an online form. Please visit the ULI OrgSync Portal to register and enter a project submission: https://orgsync.com/60491/chapter.
Submitters are required to create a ULI OrgSync account, and then “join” the portal for the award featured on that link in order to access the submission form.

Download award overview and submitter information (PDF)
Download a blank submission form for reference only (PDF)

The ULI Urban Open Space Award was established through the generosity of Amanda M. Burden, former 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 the ULI Foundation joined forces to continue the ULI Urban Open Space Award through 2014. In 2015 the Urban Land Institute continued its support of the initiative and announced it as a program open to global submissions.

In 2018 and 2020, ULI will again honor outstanding parks and open spaces in conjunction with the 10-Minute Walk Campaign, which is promoting the bold idea that everyone in urban America should live within a ten-minute walk of a high-quality park.

View past winners and finalists

Celebrating the first six years of the ULI Urban Open Space Award, the Urban Land Institute published Transformative Urban Open Space, 2010-2015. The publication highlights the  award winners and finalists, includes articles framing the debate on the value of these spaces, and offers a general overview of the award’s history since its inception.


2018 Award Schedule

Applications open: January 8, 2018
Submissions final deadline: March 5, 2018
Finalists announced:
June, 2018
Site visits by jury representative/s: June-September 2018
Winners announced: October-November 2018

For additional information, contact: awards@uli.org

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