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Rudy Bruner Awards for Providence and Dallas

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Residents, bcWORSKHOP staff, and guests—including Rick Lowe, founder of 1997 RBA Silver Medalist Project Row Houses—celebrate on Congo Street.

Courtesy Bruner Foundation

The celebrations in Providence and Dallas also marked milestone anniversaries for the projects’ sponsors; it was the tenth anniversary for The Steel Yard and the fifth anniversary of bcWORKSHOP. Each of these benchmarks provided an opportunity for those involved in the projects to reflect on what made their initiatives possible, the importance of working together, and the value of learning from the process. During The Steel Yard event, Simeon observed: “The best projects are those that look at what’s available locally and how those resources can be used in a creative way.” Clay concurred, asking us to “consider the DNA of the city and what makes it exciting.”

Congo Street residents and volunteers join buildingcommunityWORKSHOP staff and alumni for a group photo on the porch of the Holding House.

Courtesy Bruner Foundation

Currently, we’re busy wrapping up our 2013 RBA award ceremonies with events for Silver Medalists Via Verde in the Bronx and Louisville Waterfront Park in Kentucky, which I’ll report on in our next post. Later this month, I’ll discuss the 2013 RBA winners at a presentation on Creating Great Urban Places at ABX in Boston (November 21) and also during an AIA Housing Knowledge Community webinar on Advancing Conversation about Placemaking and Practice (November 25). Do join us for one or both of these sessions if you can. In the meantime, we invite you to give us your feedback and thoughts on Twitter: @RudyBrunerAward. We look forward to hearing from you!



Anne-Marie Lubenau, AIA, is director of the Rudy Bruner Award for Urban Excellence (RBA) for the Bruner Foundation in Cambridge, Massachusetts. An architect and advocate for educating and engaging people in design of the built environment, she is a graduate of Carnegie Mellon University and was a 2012 Loeb Fellow at the Harvard Graduate School of Design.

This post is part of a series written and curated by RBA that focuses on placemaking in American cities. The blogs seek to advance the conversation on urban placemaking excellence, offering a detailed look at the 2013 award selection process and site visits, case studies from past award winners, and highlights from relevant conclaves, programs, and events such as the Bruner-Loeb Forum.

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