The Veronica Rudge Green Prize in Urban Design
2013 Jury
Anita Berrizebeitia
Professor of Landscape Architecture, GSD
Joan Busquets
Martin Bucksbaum Professor in Practice of Urban Planning and Design, GSD
Rahul Mehrotra
Green Prize Jury Chair and Chair of the Department of Urban Planning and Design, GSD
Gary Hilderbrand
Adjunct Professor of Landscape Architecture, GSD
Michael Sorkin
Distinguished Professor of Architecture Director of the Graduate Program in Urban Design at the Bernard and Anne Spitzer School of Architecture
The history of the prize

The prize is awarded biennially to recognize exemplary urban design projects. Projects must be more than one building or an open space built anywhere in the world within the last ten years that makes a positive contribution to the public realm of a city and improves the quality of urban life in that context. The project must also demonstrate a humane and worthwhile direction for the design of urban environments.

“Since its inception in 1986, the Veronica Rudge Green Prize in Urban Design has become an important aspect of our School's life. It is in fact one of the few opportunities we have left, institutionally speaking, to pause for a moment and take a good hard look at what's
going on out there in the world, to take stock of how problems of urban design are being formulated and tackled, and what practices seem to be more successful than others. In a corollary fashion, the prize also allows the School to define itself, especially with respect to those essential values it holds dear.”

— Peter G. Rowe, Raymond Garbe Professor of Architecture and Urban Design and Harvard University Distinguished Service Professor

Past Recipients

Porto Satellite Image
Metro do Porto Porto, Portugal
Medellin Satellite image
The Northeastern Urban Integration Project Medellín, Columbia

The Cheonggyecheon Restoration Project in Seoul Seoul Metropolitan Government
Seoul, Korea
They [projects like Cheonggyecheon] are necessary to the evolution of Seoul if it is to avoid the conclusion that cities with a fast pace of construction are fated to continue their processes of eradication and replacement of preceding phases as the only way to modernize or update their residential and urban fabrics.

Jury: Joan Busquets, Jury Chair, Eve Blau, Chris Reed

Seattle Map
Olympic Sculpture Park, Seattle
Weiss/Manfredi Seattle, USA
Seattle Seattle
Olympic Sculpture Park establishes a creative dialogue with infrastructure (railway, road approach, waterfront promenade), making it an active part of the project. Not all interventions to existing city infrastructure elements have to involve burying them or dispensing with them entirely; in some cases, this course of action will be essential, but in others these elements can become features of the whole.

Jury: Joan Busquets, Jury Chair, Andrea Leers, Richard Sommer

Aleppo
Aleppo: Rehabilitation of the Old City
City of Aleppo, Syria
Aleppo Aleppo
In this case, rehabilitation is about finding the right tools that allow for the revealing of multiple layers and the introduction of new design strategies that result from negotiations with previous ones.

Jury: Joan Busquets, Jury Chair, Dorothée Imbert, Vittorio Lampugnani

Borneo
Residential Waterfront:
Borneo Sporenburg Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Borneo Borneo
The project has such depth that one could write about it solely from a sociological perspective, or from a financial perspective (marveling at the pragmatic combination of capitalism and socialism underlying its real estate development), or from a purely architectural point of view, based, for instance, on the urban role of building details

Jury: Rodolfo Machado, Preston Scott Cohen, Margaret Crawford

Favela Bairro
The Favela-Bairro Project
Jorge Mario Jáuregui Architects Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Favela Bairro Favela Bairro
This diligent and ethical professional team models a progressive, more holistic approach to urban design, one that recognizes the value of social research and the reinvestment in neighborhoods, rather than the outmoded practice of demolition and displacement. They have used urban design as a tool for social reform, and they have succeeded.

Jury: Rodolfo machado, Jury chair, David Childs, Alex Krieger

The Carré d´Art, Nîmes
The Carré d´Art, Nîmes,
Foster and Partners France
The Carré d´Art, Nîmes The Carré d´Art, Nîmes
I would like to suggest that urban design is not defined by an object, but rather by a process, by a way of thinking, by a particular body of knowledge that is brought to bear on the object – any object and at any scale

Jury: Rodolfo Machado, Jury Chair, George Baird

The Bilbao Metro
The Bilbao Metro,
Foster and Partners Spain
The Bilbao Metro The Bilbao Metro

Jury: Rodolfo Machado, Jury Chair, George Baird

Mexico City
Restoration of the Historic Center of Mexico City, and The Ecological Restoration of the District of Xochimilco Mexico City
Mexico City Mexico City
What Central Park is to New York City, the new Xochimilco Ecological Park may over time become to Mexico City. A regional open space and recreational amenity, the park is dedicated to celebrating and interpreting the cultural and archaeological riches of the Valley of Mexico.

Jury: Alex Krieger, Jury Chair, George Baird, George Hargraves

Hillside Terrace Complex, Tokyo
Hillside Terrace Complex, Tokyo
Fumihiko Maki
Hillside Terrace Complex, Tokyo Hillside Terrace Complex, Tokyo
While better known internationally for their architecture, both Fumihiko Maki and Luigi Snozzi are urbanists at their core. That is, they assign to their architecture the important role of making visible, and thus asserting the value of, urban life

Jury: Alex Krieger, Jury chair, Denise Scott Brown, Joan Busquets

The Master Plan and Public Buildings of Monte Carasso, Switzerland
The Master Plan and Public Buildings of Monte Carasso, Switzerland
Luigi Snozzi
The Master Plan and Public Buildings of Monte Carasso, Switzerland The Master Plan and Public Buildings of Monte Carasso, Switzerland

Jury: Alex Krieger, Jury chair, Denise Scott Brown, Joan Busquets

Barcelona
The Urban Public Spaces of Barcelona
City of Barcelona Spain
Barcelona

Jury: Peter G. Rowe, Jury Chair, Henry N. Cobb, Peter E. Walker

The Malgagueria Quarter Housing Project
The Malgagueria Quarter Housing Project
Álvaro Siza Vieira Evora, Portugal
The Malgagueria Quarter Housing Project The Malgagueria Quarter Housing Project
When viewed together, the Malagueira and Byker projects provide a rich framework for reflection on the general problem of urban design and public housing—one that is potentially useful throughout the world, in both economically advanced and developing nations.

Jury: Peter G. Rowe, Jury Chair, Ada Louise Huxtable, José Rafael Moneo

The Byker Redevelopment in Newcastle upon Tyne
The Byker Redevelopment in Newcastle upon Tyne
Álvaro Siza Vieira Evora, Portugal
The Byker Redevelopment in Newcastle upon Tyne The Byker Redevelopment in Newcastle upon Tyne

Jury: Peter G. rOwe, Jury Chair, Ada Louise Huxtable, José Rafael Moneo, Laurie D. Olin

Site Credits
Graduate School of Design
  • Mohsen Mostafavi, Dean, Alexander and Victoria Wiley Professor of Design
  • Pat Roberts, Executive Dean
  • Rahul Mehrotra, Professor of Urban Design and Planning, Chair of the Department of Urban Planning and Design
  • Beth Kramer, Associate Dean for Development
  • Benjamin Prosky, Assistant Dean of Communications
Content Team
  • Dan Borelli, Director of Exhibitions
  • Maggie Janik, Multimedia Specialist
  • Ronee Saroff, Content Manager
  • Melissa Vaughn, Director of Publications
  • James Whitten, MAUD '13
  • David Zimmerman-Stuart, Exhibitions Coordinator
Website
Porto
  • Eduardo Souto de Moura
  • Adriano Pimenta
  • Joana Corrêa
  • António Queiróz
Medellín
  • Alcaldía de Medellin/Medellín City Mayor
  • Mayor Anibal Gaviria Correa
  • EDU—Empresa de Desarro Urbno de Medellín/Urban Development Enterprise of Medellín
  • EDU CEO—Margarita María Angel Bernal, General Manager
  • Leison Romaña, Communication Director
  • John Octavio Ortiz, Design Workshop Director
  • Juan Andrés Muñoz Airey, New Businesses
  • Julian Esteban Gómez C., Architect
  • Oscar Montoya Gonzalez, Architect
  • Giovanni Andrés Marín Silva, Architect
  • Laura Mesa Tamayo, Publicist
  • Collaboration:
  • Urbam—Center for Urban and Environmental Studies, EAFIT University
  • Alejandro Echeverri Restrepo, Architect
  • Natalia Castaño Cárdenas, Architect
  • Gabriel Duque Quintero, Architect
  • Simon Abad Lombana, Architecture student
Photographers
  • Julián Esteban Gómez C.
  • Ricardo Mejía
  • Courtesy EDU
The Veronica Rudge Green Prize in Urban Design