2015 Rudy Bruner Award for Urban Excellence

The 2015 medalists are ambitious and courageous, challenging conventional practices and wisdom, rediscovering and reclaiming existing assets, and creating new ones in the process.

Challenging Conventions: the 2015 Rudy Bruner Award for Urban Excellence includes detailed case studies and lessons learned about the winning projects including:

  • Miller’s Court in Baltimore, Maryland
    A supportive living and working environment for school teachers and education-related nonprofits
  • Quixote Village in Olympia, Washington
    A community of tiny houses developed for—and, in part, by—people who were homeless
  • Grand Rapids Downtown Market in Grand Rapids, Michigan
    A new public market and gathering space promoting local food, education, and entrepreneurship
  • Falls Park on the Reedy in Greenville, South Carolina
    Transformation of a forgotten waterfall and river valley into an urban oasis and centerpiece for the city
  • Uptown District in Cleveland, Ohio
    A mixed-used urban corridor linking arts, education, and health care institutions and adjoining communities
Lessons Learned themes include:
  • Process and context matter
  • Addressing critical issues
  • Courage and perseverance
  • Aspiration and innovation in crafting novel solutions
  • Building and strengthening communities