World's Finest Become World's Finalists For 2017 Global Awards for Excellence


Twenty-five extraordinary developments from around the world have been selected as finalists for the Urban Land Institute’s (ULI) 2017 Global Awards for Excellence.

Recognised as one of the land use industry’s most prestigious award programs, this year’s finalists include three located in Asia, two in Europe, and 20 in North America.

The finalists were selected by an international jury made up of ULI members representing a multidisciplinary collection of real estate development expertise, including finance, land planning, development, public affairs, design, and other professional services.

“Each of these finalists demonstrates a thoughtful, innovative approach to urban development that is adding to the sustainability and liveability of the communities in which they are located,” Global Awards Jury Chairman Wendy Rowden said.

“The attention paid to project detail, flexible design, and neighbourhood context were among the factors making these entries stand out. They represent the type of development that will withstand the tests of time and change.”
Azkuna Zentroa
Bilbao, Bizkaia, SpainDevelopers: Bilbao City Council, Alhóndiga, Center of Ocio y Cultura, Bilbao RíaDesigner: Philippe Starck


Ballpark Village
St. Louis, Missouri, United StatesDeveloper: The Cordish CompaniesDesigner: Design Collective, Jeffrey Beers International


Brickell City Centre
Miami, Florida, United StatesDeveloper: Swire Properties Inc.

Designer: Arquitectonica


Buffalo Bayou Park
Houston, Texas, United StatesDeveloper: Buffalo Bayou PartnershipDesigner: SWA Group, Page


Chicago Riverwalk
Chicago, Illinois, United StatesDevelopers: City of Chicago, Department of TransportationDesigners: Ross Barney Architects, Sasaki, Alfred Benesch & Company, Jacobs/Ryan Associates and Collins Engineers


Downtown Allentown Revitalisation District
Allentown, Pennsylvania, United StatesDevelopers: Allentown Neighborhood Improvement Zone Development Authority, Hammes Company, City Center Investment Corp. et al.

Designers: Sink Combs Dethlefs Architects, Elkus – Manfredi Architects, et al.


Emeryville Center of Community Life
Emeryville, California, United StatesDevelopers: Turner Construction Company, Andrew Pitts, Swinerton Management & ConsultingDesigners: Nexus Partners, DSK Architects, Mark Seiberlich Concordia, Steven Bingler, MKThink, Steve Kelley


Half Moon Village
Half Moon Bay, California, United StatesDeveloper: MidPen Housing Corp.

Designer: Herman Coliver Locus Architecture


Kashiwa-no-ha Smart City
Kashiwa City, Chiba Prefecture, JapanDeveloper: Mitsui Fudosan Co., Ltd.

Designer: ZGF Architects LLP


Marine Gateway
Vancouver, British Columbia, CanadaDeveloper: PCI Developments Corp.

Designer: Perkins+Will


Stuttgart, GermanyDevelopers: ECE Projektmanagement G.m.b.H. & Co. KG, STRABAG Real Estate GmbH, Projektgesellschaften der Bayerische HausbauDesigners: RKW Rhode Kellermann Wawrowsky Architektur + Städtebau, in cooperation with ECE architects


Milwaukee RiverWalk
Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United StatesDevelopers: The Milwaukee RiverWalk District, Inc., The Mandel Group, Business Improvement District No. 2 , The Brewery Works, Inc. et alDesigners: KenKay Associates, Mary Miss, Engberg Anderson Architects, et al.


Modera Lofts
Jersey City, New Jersey, United StatesDeveloper: Mill Creek ResidentialDesigners: Minno & Wasko Architects, Cube 3, Melillo & Bauer


Oasia Hotel Downtown
Singapore, SingaporeDeveloper: Far East OrganisationDesigner: WOHA


One Light Luxury Apartments
Kansas City, Missouri, United StatesDeveloper: The Cordish CompaniesDesigners: Humphreys & Partners Architects, Realm Architecture


Pearl, San Antonio
Texas, United StatesDeveloper: Silver Ventures, Inc.

Designers: Lake Flato Architects, Roman and Williams Buildings and Interiors, Don McDonald Architects, Sprinkle & Co. Architects, Ford Powell & Carson Architects, Jim Kissling Architecture, Dado Group, Clayton & Little Architecture


Plaza Towers
Iowa City, Iowa, United StatesDeveloper: Moen Group, LLCDesigner: Neumann Monson Architects


River Point
Chicago, Illinois, United StatesDeveloper: HinesDesigner: Pickard Chilton


Santana Row
San Jose, California, United StatesDeveloper: Federal Realty Investment TrustDesigners: Designers:  SB Architects, MBH Architects, 3DI/Parsons, Russell Davis Architects, Good Fulton & Farrell Architects, BAR Architects, SWA Group,  Studios Architecture, Ankrom Moisan, WRNS Studio


Seaholm Power Plant Re-Development
Austin, Texas, United StatesDeveloper: Seaholm Power Development, LLCDesigners: STG Design, Clayton and Little Architects, TBG Partners


Shanghai Tower
Shanghai, Pudong, ChinaDeveloper: Shanghai Tower Construction & Development Co., Ltd.

Designer: Gensler, SWA Group


The Kathleen Grimm School for Leadership and Sustainability at Sandy Ground
Staten Island, New York, United StatesDeveloper: NY School Construction AuthorityDesigner: Skidmore, Owings, & Merrill LLP


University Center- The New School


New York, New York, United StatesDeveloper: The Durst OrganisationDesigner: Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP 

VIA 57 West
New York, New York, United StatesDeveloper: The Durst OrganisationDesigner: Bjarke Ingels Group


West Don Lands
Toronto, Ontario, CanadaMaster Developer: Waterfront TorontoDevelopers: Urban Capital, DREAM Unlimited, Kilmer Group, Toronto Community HousingPublic Realm Designers: Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates Inc., PFS Studio with The Planning Partnership and & Co., Claude Cormier & Associates, NAK Design StrategiesArchitectural Design – River City: Saucier & Perrotte, ZAS ArchitectsArchitectural Design – Canary District: architectsAlliance, KPMB Architects, Page + Steele/IBI Group Architects, Daoust Lestage, MacLennan Jaunkalns Miller Architects, Design/Builder – Canary District: EllisDon Inc., Ledcor Group


In addition to Rowden, the 2017 Global Awards for Excellence Jury members are Stuart Ackerberg, chief executive officer, Ackerberg Group, Minneapolis, Minnesota; Toni Alexander, president and creative director, InterCommunications, Inc., Newport Beach, California; Jeff Barber, principal and managing director, Gensler, Washington, D.C.; Ame M. Engelhart, director, Hong Kong Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP, Hong Kong; Michael Grove, principal, Sasaki, Shanghai;  Sophie Henley-Price, managing director, STUDIOS Architecture, Paris, France; Lynn Hoffman Carlton, regional director of planning, HOK, Kansas City, Missouri; Lance K. Josal, chief executive officer, Callison RTKL, Dallas, Texas; Roger G. Orf, partner, Apollo Management LLP, London; Alex J. Rose, senior vice president, Continental Development Corporation, El Segundo, California; and Rebecca Stone, managing principal, OZ Architecture, Denver, Colorado.

The Awards for Excellence program, established in 1979 and subsequently expanded to a global program, recognises real estate projects that achieve the highest standard of excellence in innovative design, construction, economics, planning, and management. Open to the entire industry (not just ULI members), the awards program is viewed as the centre piece of ULI’s efforts to identify and promote best practices in all types of real estate development.

A group of winners chosen from the finalists will be announced in October at the 2017 ULI Fall Meeting in Los Angeles.


Images courtesy Urban Land Institute. Further photo credits: José Miguel LLano, Michael Webber, Jonnu Singleton, SWA Group, Kate Joyce, Peter Gourniak, Bruce Damonte, Nikken Sekkei + ZGF Aerial, Dennis Raschke, The Milwaukee RiverWalk District, Inc., Scott Martin, Dale Can Doneslaar, Nick Ulivieri Photography, Casey Dunn Photography, Blackstation, Connie Zhou, James Ewing, Iwan Baan, Nicola Betts.

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