Winners of the Mayor’s Urban Design Awards in Calgary announced

The Mayor’s Urban Design Awards (MUDA) are biennial awards that acknowledge the important contribution that designers, architects and artists make in improving the quality of life in our city by producing high quality buildings and public spaces.

Architecture, landscape architecture and urban design play an integral role in the creation of great cities. Well-designed spaces make people feel welcome, support pedestrian activity, improve safety and accessibility, and create a memorable sense of place.

The gala event for The Mayor’s Urban Design Awards was held on November 6, 2013. The winners and honourable mentions are as follows:

In the Conceptual/Theoretical Urban Design Projects category, Building Iconomy: Possibilities for a Brutalist Building by d.talks Calgary & Nyhoff Architecture Inc. took the top prize, while two honourable mentions were given to First Street SW Underpass Enhancement by the marc boutin architectural collaborative and to Bowmont East Gate Park Plan by 02 Planning + Design Inc.

The King Edward Arts Hub & Incubator by Nyhoff Architecture Inc. with Ferrari Westwood Babits Architects and O2 Planning + Design Inc. was the winner in the Approved or Adopted Urban Design Plans category, while the Cultural Landscape Strategic Plan by the City of Calgary – Parks won an honourable mention.

Two winners were announced in the Urban Architecture category: Olive by Homes by Avi – Urban and Sturgess Architecture (landscape design by George Harris); and The Bow by Foster + Partners with Zeidler Partnership Architects and Sturgess Architecture (landscape design by Gustafson Guthrie Nichol).

EEEL (Energy.Environment.Experiential.Learning) by DIALOG & Perkins+Will (landscape design by O2 Planning + Design) took the top prize in the Civic Design Projects category, while two honourable mentions distinguished Memorial Drive Pathway Upgrades by the marc boutin architectural collaborative inc. and Devonian Gardens by Janet Rosenberg Studio Inc. with McKinley Burkart Architects.

Two winners were named in the Urban Fragments category – East Village: Art in the Public Realm by Calgary Municipal Land Corporation and artists Julian Opie, Ron Moppett, Daniel Kirk and Ivan Ostapenko, and the Esker Foundation Gallery by Kasian Architecture Interior Design & Planning.

In the Community Improvement Projects category, the winner was Day of Service – Victoria Park Business Revitalization Zone by Victoria Park Business Revitalization Zone together with the Faculty of Environmental Design at the University of Calgary, and the Nellie Breen Park Plan by the City of Calgary Parks, the Inglewood Community Association and Parks Foundation Calgary took home an honourable mention.

Michael Chu and Sam Farthing of the University of Calgary Faculty of Environmental Design won an honourable mention in the Student Projects category for the Aboriginal Artifact Archives & Research project.

The Rocky Ridge Recreation Facility by GEC Architecture and Scatliff + Miller + Murry won in the City Edge Development category, while the Calgary Transit North Pointe Bus Shelter by the marc boutin architectural collaborative inc. was recognized with an honourable mention.

The Mawson Urban Design Award was claimed by Lions Awaken: Relighting Centre Street Bridge by Lighting Design Innovations.

And finally, in the Great City, Great Design category, the Bridgeland Riverside Community Centre by Sturgess Architecture and Carlyle & Associates took the top prize, followed by Calgary Municipal Land Corporation’s St. Patrick’s Island Redevelopment & Bridge Project, which received an honourable mention.

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