March 6, 2008
by Canadian Architect
The Financial Times and the Urban Land Institute have extended the entry deadline to March 31, 2008 for submissions to the Financial Times Urban Land Institute (FT ULI) Sustainable Cities Award.
The FT ULI Sustainable Cities Award has global relevance since nominations will be invited worldwide. The announcement of up to seven winners will be the closing highlight of the first-ever Sustainable Cities conference, which will be jointly hosted by the Financial Times and the Urban Land Institute in London on June 16, 2008. The conference will facilitate the exploration of successful sustainable urban design and development by bringing together international experts, urban development and key regional leaders, and decision makers. Attendees will look at innovative solutions in the design, construction, and management of real estate development that does not threaten the conditions of future city and world urban systems.
The Sustainable Cities Award acknowledge exceptional examples of sustainable land use models that exhibit significant new ideas and perspectives for future practice, rather than simply celebrating past achievements. The winning initiatives will demonstrate state-of-the- art contributions in advancing the market’s understanding and acceptance of the concept of sustainability in real estate. This may be reflected in economic and social as well as environmental sustainability. Nominations should be able to demonstrate financial viability as well as replicability and a capacity to inspire others. The Awards will recognize real estate programs in corporate strategic programs, public agency initiatives, non-governmental organization programs and private development company initiatives.
The Awards program was established to illustrate the key role that efficient land use can play in creating sustainable cities worldwide, explained Richard Rosan, President, ULI Worldwide. “In markets around the globe, there is a growing emphasis on sustainabilityin the planning and regulation of cities, in the design and management of buildings, and in the behaviour of building owners and tenants. This points to the great importance of promoting best practices,” Rosan said.
John Ridding, Chief Executive of the Financial Times, said, “We believe these awards will provide an effective means of encouraging best-practice in this important area. Actions speak louder than wordsand these awards will recognise, reward and stimulate the right actions.”
Details of the initial award eligibility, the composition of the Jury and the judging criteria is available at www.sustainablecitiesaward.org.