Call for entries to 16th annual Great Places Awards

The Environmental Design Research Association (EDRA) is inviting entries for the 16th Annual Great Places Awards. The 2014 program seeks to recognize work that combines expertise in design, research and practice, and contributes to the creation of dynamic, humane places that engage our attention and imagination. Award-winning projects reflect an interdisciplinary approach that is enduring, human-centred, sustainable, and concerned with the experiential relationship between people and their environment (built and natural) over time.

Winners will be announced and presented at the 2014 EDRA conference held May 28-31, 2014 at the Astor Crowne Plaza Hotel in New Orleans, Louisiana. The winning entries will be on display throughout the conference and publicized throughout the year in various print and electronic publications.

“The EDRA Great Places Awards is a unique program that recognizes exemplary work encompassing the interconnectedness of environment and behavior across multiple scales and venues of environmental design,” said EDRA Chair Rula Awwad-Rafferty.

EDRA invites participation from a range of design and research disciplines—particularly projects whose significance extends beyond any one profession or field. All submissions should show how research and/or public participation is linked to or part of an environmental design practice, and vice versa. Submissions should also demonstrate how an understanding of the experience of place may be used to generate insightful design.

Submissions are welcome from the full breadth of environmental design and related research activities, including architecture, landscape architecture, planning, urban design, interior design, lighting design, graphic design, place-based public art, environmental psychology, sociology, anthropology, geography and the physical sciences.

The deadline for submissions is February 3, 2014.

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