Council's Placemaking Award Categories and Criteria

Award Categories


Commercial Renovation Award &Ndash; Neighborhood Scale [Less Than 5,000 Sq. Ft.]


To be awarded to the commercial renovation project that serves as the best example of a renovation of an existing commercial structure in terms of attention to design, materials, and sustainability.

Commercial Renovation Award – Large Scale [greater than 5,000 sq. ft.]


To be awarded to the commercial renovation project that serves as the best example of a renovation of an existing commercial structure in terms of attention to design, materials, and sustainability.

Design Excellence Award


To be awarded to the project that best demonstrates the use of high quality design to improve a place or create excellent prospects for improvement, whether by improving the local built environment, attracting investment, or raising the overall standard for design in the community.

Infill Project Award


To be awarded to the infill project that serves as the best example of appropriate new development in a mature, developed area.

Mixed-Use Development Award


To be awarded to the mixed-use project that best demonstrates a potential or actual positive impact, on the physical and environmental quality of a place, as well as the economic and social well-being of community.

[top honor] Placemaking Award


To be awarded to the project that most clearly demonstrates the positive impact of planning, regeneration, urban design or economic development work on the physical or environmental quality of a place or places, as well as the economic and social well-being of a community.

Sustainability Award


To be awarded to the project or initiative that best demonstrates its environmental credentials, in terms of having met a place’s present needs, or being likely to meet a place’s needs, without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs, be it through attention to energy efficiency, provision for local flora and fauna, helping local people to become more environmentally aware and responsible or through the reuse and recycling of materials during redevelopment projects.

[top honor] ‘Third Place’ Award


To be awarded to a project that becomes an anchor of community life and fosters and facilitates creative interaction in the community and best exemplifies the ‘third place’ spirit codified by Ray Oldenburg.

Public Placemaking Award


To be awarded for the city-initiated project that most clearly demonstrates the positive impact of planning, regeneration, urban design or economic development work on the physical or environmental quality of a place or places, as well as the economic and social well-being of a community.

Award criteria


The general criteria is applied to all awards and sub-criteria for each specific award.

General


  • Completed between 1 Jan 2014 – 31 Dec 2014
  • Improvement of physical environment
  • Originality
  • Placemaking impact
  • Visibility

Sub-Criteria:


Commercial Renovation Award
  • Quality of Materials
  • Design
  • Sustainability
Design Excellence
  • Quality of Materials
  • Design
  • Sustainability
Infill Project
  • Quality of Materials
  • Design
  • Sustainability
  • Compatibility with existing development
Mixed Used Development
  • Quality of Materials
  • Design
  • Sustainability
Placemaking
  • Design
  • Social impact
  • Contributes to increased street life
  • Helps create unique identity for neighborhood/area
Sustainability
  • Quality of Materials
  • Design to take advantage of site [oriented to south for natural sunlight, etc]
  • Reuse/Recycling of material already on site
  • LEED Certification
‘Third Place’
  • Fosters community life and facilitate creative interaction
  • Social impact
  • Design
Public Placemaking Award
  • City-initiated
  • Design
  • Social impact
  • Contributes to increased street life
  • Helps create unique identity for neighborhood/area