Nomination and Award Categories


·      Scale of the work can vary from a book, to a project (including built projects as well as websites and digital media projects), to a public process, to a whole city.

·      Built works should be newer than 15 years or contain additional interventions during that time.

o   For built works that encompass large urban areas, a substantial portion of build-out must have been completed and functioning for a minimum of 3 years.

·      Research and writing should not be older than 15 years, or contain additions during that time.

GENERAL characteristics of a work:

·      Explicitly engages people – the users of the work.

·      Is inspirational and reflective rather than impressive.

·      Concerns a broad rather than a specific audience.

·      Addresses the public image of a place.

·      Develops a sense of place open to change over time.

SPECIFIC characteristics of a work:

·      Public value: The work must be publicly accessible.

·      Pedagogical value: The central ideas should be generalizable and replicable in other contexts.

·      Environmental value: The work promotes justice toward and within natural and social environments.


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