Rudy Bruner Award for Urban Excellence: Advancing Conversation about Placemaking and Practice

When:  Nov 25, 2013 from 01:30 PM to 02:30 PM (ET)

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This session will consider the complex, collaborative process of placemaking and the economic, environmental and social aspects of design. It will examine the architect’s role in the development of urban projects and emerging trends in practice. The session will also explore the impact of awards programs in highlighting innovation and projects that shape the future of American cities.

Founded in 1987, the Rudy Bruner Award for Urban Excellence celebrates urban places distinguished by quality design and their contributions to the social and economic vitality of our nation's cities. Anne-Marie Lubenau, AIA, will provide an overview of the award including the intensive application and selection process, as well as case studies about past winners available to architecture and planning professionals.  She will share highlights about the five projects that received the 2013 Rudy Bruner Award for Urban Excellence including: six houses in Dallas, a 222-unit affordable housing project in the Bronx, a 7,300 square foot restaurant and food training facility in Chicago, an 85-acre waterfront park in Louisville and a 3.5-acre arts campus in Providence.  Brent Brown, AIA, will discuss the development of Silver Medalist Congo Street Initiative, its impact in Dallas and contributions to public interest and urban design. 

This November 25 presentation is a part of the ongoing Housing Knowledge Community research webinar series. View the complete series archive.


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Learning Objectives

  1. Understand and describe the benefits of projects that address economic, environmental and social concerns as part of their design.
  2. Discuss examples of projects that illustrate innovative approaches to urban development and their impact in their respective communities.
  3. Identify and describe current challenges and emerging trends in placemaking and practice. 
  4. Describe the value of awards programs in increasing understanding of placemaking and advancing conversations about urban design, development and practice.

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Anne-Marie Lubenau, AIA, is director of the Rudy Bruner Award for Urban Excellence at the Bruner Foundation in Cambridge, MA. An architect, educator and nonprofit leader, she has focused on engaging people in the design of the built environment. Prior to joining the Bruner Foundation Ms. Lubenau served as CEO of the Community Center of Pittsburgh, practiced architecture and taught classes at Carnegie Mellon. She was a 2012 Loeb Fellow at Harvard University.

Brent A. Brown, AIA, is a Dallas architect working to balance social, economic, and environmental issues by deploying design to enhance livability in Dallas. Mr. Brown founded the buildingcommunity WORKSHOP, a local non-profit community design resource and is the Founding Director of the City of Dallas’ CityDesign Studio stewarding the urban design vision for the city. By engaging stakeholders, Brent deploys a community-led public design method building shared vision for the city's future.

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