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Edmonton honours urban design excellence

November 24, 2015
by Elsa Lam

Borden Park Pavillion by GH3 was recognized with an 2015 Edmonton Urban Design Award of Excellence.

Borden Park Pavillion by GH3 was recognized with an 2015 Edmonton Urban Design Award of Excellence.

Borden Park Pavilion and Clareview Community Recreation Centre were among the winners in in the City of Edmonton’s 2015 Urban Design Awards. The awards were announced at City Hall on November 20, 2015.

“Edmonton’s Urban Design Awards encourage discussion about the memorable urban places that make up a great city,” said Mayor Don Iveson. “A big congratulations to all the award recipients on their significant achievement in exemplifying the value of good design advancing the art of city building in Edmonton.”

Urban Architecture:

  • Borden Park Pavilion, by GH3 – Award of Excellence
  • Clareview Community Recreation Centre, by Teeple Architects with Tkalcic Bengert – Award of Excellence
  • John Fry Sports Park Pavilion, by the Marc Boutin Architectural Collaborative – Award of Excellence
  • Mill Woods Library and Seniors Multicultural Centre, by HCMA with Dub Architects – Award of Merit
  • Mill Woods Park Pavilion, by GH3 – Award of Merit

Civic Design Projects:

  • Federal Building Centennial Plaza, by DIALOG, Kasian, Moriyama + Teshima, Goldsmith Borgal, Stantec, Hemisphere and Genivar – Award of Excellence
  • Capital Boulevard – Award of Merit

Urban Fragments:

  • Vaulted Willow, by Marc Fornes/THEVERYMAN- Award of Excellence
  • Neon Sign Museum – Award of Merit

Community-Based Projects:

  • Arc Mural – Award of Excellence
  • Grandin Murals – Award of Merit

Heritage Development (new category for 2015):

  • The Alberta Hotel, by Dub Architects – Award of Excellence
  • Immigration Hall, by HIP Architects – Award of Merit

Implemented Residential Infill (new category for 2015):

  • House Monochrome, by Abax Designer Homes – Award of Excellence
  • LG House, by Thirdstone Modern House – Award of Merit

Student Projects:

  • Impose – Award of Excellence
  • Regenerating Rossdale – Award of Excellence

The public also had a chance to vote for the People’s Choice Award. This category was created to recognize past examples of good urban design that had a transformative impact on our quality of life in Edmonton. The Legislature Grounds were crowned the winner this year.

The projects receiving awards are eligible to be entered for the National Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC) Urban Design Awards.

“The Royal Architectural Institute of Canada is committed to promoting a greater awareness about the importance of better urban design,” said the chair of the RAIC-Edmonton Chapter, Basel Abdulaal, “Edmonton’s Urban Design Awards celebrate achievements in building a livable, sustainable and beautiful city, through outstanding urban design and appealing public spaces, my sincere congratulations to all winners.”

The City of Edmonton and the RAIC-Edmonton Chapter host the Urban Design Awards together every two years. The first awards were presented in 2005.


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3 Comments » for Edmonton honours urban design excellence
  1. Leslie says:

    Would have been nice to add firm credits to the Edmonton Urban Design Award announcement – everyone works so hard to achieve excellence.

    • Elsa Lam says:

      Thanks for the comment – we’ve added the credits now, in the cases where we were able to find them. Please let us know if you are can help with the missing credits.

  2. Luc Nadal says:

    The Borden Park Pavillion by GH3 appears to be an architecture design jewel, and the shot is nice too.
    However, in what way is it relevant to urban design?
    Isn’t the figure of the pavilion in a park that of the free-standing architectural object par excellence?

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