AIA's 2010 Institute Honor Award for Regional and Urban Design Print
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This is the third and last article shedding the light on the 2010 recipients of the Institute Honor Awards by the American Institute of Architects (AIA), and covers the Honor Award for Regional and Urban Design.
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The jury for the 2010 Institute Honor Awards for Regional and Urban Design includes:John F. Torti, FAIA, (chair), Torti Gallas & Partners, Inc.; Lance Jay Brown, FAIA, Lance Jay Brown Architecture & Urban; Brenda Scheer, AIA, University of Utah College of Architecture + Planning; Edward K. Uhlir, FAIA, Uhlir Consulting, LLC and Debby Wieneke, Habitat for Humanity of Benton County, Inc.

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A Civic Vision for the Central Delaware River; Philadelphia
Wallace Roberts & Todd

Civic-Vision
Currently cut off from the city by the intrusion of I-95, this riverfront plan emphasizes the ecological and economic value of the waterfront and sets forth a framework that the city can follow to generate new, cohesive, and sustainable development. This new growth will be organized around parks and open space, providing access to the river and a new movement system. For the ability of the plan to accommodate the future needs of the city and its people, this project has received numerous endorsements.

Connections: MacArthur Park District Master Plan; Little Rock, Arkansas
Conway+Schulte Architects


The planning concept optimizes the park’s latent economic, environmental and social potential through improvements to the district’s neighborhood infrastructure, enhancing the delivery of ecological and urban services. The planning goal is to align the park’s capacity to sponsor denser and higher quality mixed-use housing fabric throughout the district with improvements to the park grounds. Rather than treat MacArthur Park as a discrete project, planning for the district’s four neighborhoods extends the park’s landscape into a larger urban landscape network with MacArthur Park as the anchor.

Greenwich South Strategic Framework; New York City
Architecture Research Office

Greenwich-high-resThe architecture firm developed Five Principles to define a vision for the future of Greenwich South as a dense, reconnected, mixed-use neighborhood and lynchpin for Lower Manhattan. Each principle is comprised of a set of clear objectives to be achieved within these goals. In addition to establishing principles and setting goals, the firm also identified a series of clear opportunities for action—from the subtle, genius and immediate to the huge, radical and visionary—to achieve these goals.

The U.S. House Office Buildings Facilities Plan and Preliminary
South Capitol Area Plan; Washington, D.C.
Wallace Roberts & Todd

House-Office-high-resThe U.S. Capitol Complex in Washington, D.C. is one of the most significant and sensitive places in our country. Within it, the U.S. House of Representatives is its largest component. The House Office Buildings Plan and South Capitol Area Plan defines a vision for fulfilling the current and future space and functional needs of the House, serves as the basis for organizing, budgeting, and funding its long-range capital improvements, and establishes an interface with the future re-development of the South Capitol District from the U.S. Capitol Complex to the Anacostia River.

Monumental Core Framework Plan; Washington, D.C.
U. S. Government


The Monumental Core Framework Plan is a proposal sponsored by two federal agencies, the U.S. Commission of Fine Arts and the National Capital Planning Commission, to transform federal precincts surrounding the National Mall into vibrant destinations and to improve connections between the city, the National Mall, and the waterfront. The Plan proposes a series of sector-by-sector strategies that are designed to protect the National Mall, create distinctive settings for cultural facilities and commemorative works, overcome barriers between the National Mall and the surrounding city, and enhance the monumental core of Washington as a symbolic and sustainable place to work, visit, and live.

Ryerson University Master Plan; Toronto, Ontario
Kuwabara Payne McKenna Blumberg Architects


While the Master Plan was developed to deal effectively with the Ryerson University (RU) campus’ deficiencies, it ultimately foregrounds Ryerson as a city building, and a model for the 21st Century urban university. Each goal of the Master Plan is defined by a series of principles, and together, they form the flexible framework which will guide the growth of Ryerson University. These goals are: urban intensification, people first (pedestrianization of the urban environment) and a commitment to design excellence.

Savannah East Riverfront Extension; Savannah, Georgia
Sottile & Sottile

Savannah-high-res
The design process evolved over a five-year timeframe including multiple public charrettes between the city, citizens, property owners and development interests. The Civic Master Plan for the East Riverfront Expansion was implemented by the city in 2006. It defines 54 acres located to the immediate east of Savannah’s National Landmark Historic District along the Savannah River. New city blocks, parks, public spaces and a 2000 foot river walk extension are currently under construction. The initial private sector build out is expected in 10 years at an estimated cost of 800 million dollars.

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