Nominate your public space for the Amanda Burden Urban Open Space Award which is given annually by the Urban Land Institute (ULI) in partnership with New York City Planning Commissioner, Amanda Burden. The award is a $10,000 cash prize for an outstanding public destination in the United States that has enriched and revitalized its surrounding community. The application deadline is February 18, 2011.

The 2010 recipient of the award was Campus Martius Park in Detroit. Images Courtesy of Bob Gregory.

The prize is intended to celebrate and promote vibrant, well-used urban open spaces. The 2010 recipient of the award was Campus Martius Park in Detroit, a 2.5-acre thriving green space created from a desolate downtown parcel. Known as “Detroit’s Official Gathering Place,” Campus Martius Park is a lively central square that has become the heart of the city’s downtown redevelopment initiative. Learn more about the elements of Campus Martius’ success in PPS’ case study.

Because of our familiarity with urban spaces throughout the country, we were asked to encourage people who we know care about public spaces to apply for this award. In addition to the cash prize, the winning project will receive a commemorative statuette and be recognized in an awards ceremony held in conjunction with ULIs Spring Council Forum, as well as showcased in ULIs publications and conferences.

Here are the special qualities the award seeks to recognize:

  • Be located in an urbanized area in North America
  • Cover at least 10,000 square feet
  • Have been open to the public at least one year and no more than 10 years
  • Be outdoors and inviting to the public, regardless of ownership
  • Be a central, dynamic civic place, providing abundant and varied seating, sun and shade, trees and plantings with attractions and features that offer many different ways for visitors to enjoy the space
  • Be used intensively on a daily basis, and act as a magnet for a broad spectrum of users
  • Be a lively, central gathering space, serving as a public destination throughout the year
  • Have catalyzed private investment and urban regeneration in the surrounding community
  • Represent a sound investment of public funds, if public funds are involved
  • Be worthy of emulation

We are thrilled that this prize has recognized the above criteria as qualities of public spaces that should be rewarded. It presents a special chance for teams of designers, local governments and community groups to showcase their work and contribute to raising the profile of great public open spaces across the country.

You can learn more about the prize and download the application here.