2017 Best of Design Awards for Urban Design


2017 Best of Design Award for Urban Design: India Basin

Architect: Skidmore, Owings and Merrill
Location: San Francisco

Embodying a commitment to creating sustainable places, the India Basin project proposes the transformation of acres of former industrial land overrun by San Francisco Bay into an active waterfront destination and a vibrant, diverse village. The overall design reconnects surrounding communities with the shoreline, cultivates economic opportunity, and provides mixed-income housing. The mixed-use project creates a complete community on a human scale, with all basic services and amenities located within a short walking distance. It intertwines parks, plazas and open spaces with new pedestrian and cycle connections, as well as buildings for residential, commercial and community purposes.

The design also embraces the existing ecology of the earth. A sound stormwater management strategy connects streams and swales (landscape features that remove silt from runoff) with a landscape of channels, reservoirs and wetlands.

“This is a major redevelopment that will profoundly affect this part of the city. That said, it’s an elegant and reasoned plan that blends in well with its surroundings. —Matt Shaw, Editor, Architect’s Newspaper (juror)

Build Inc.

Landscape architect:

Civil engineer:
Sherwood Design Engineers

Urban design and planning:
Gehl Studio

Honorable mention

Project: Atlanta Park on GA400
Architects: Rogers Partners and Landscape Architects Nelson Byrd Woltz
Location: Atlanta

Atlanta’s Park Over GA400 by Rogers Partners and Nelson Byrd Woltz Landscape Architects (Rogers Partners, Nelson Byrd Woltz Landscape Architects)

Atlanta’s Park Over GA400 seizes the opportunity to reclaim the void of the GA400 freeway with a 2,500 foot long public space for community gatherings and public art. A dense cover of native trees above the highway connects adjacent canopies and reduces the heat island effect, captures stormwater, and supports native flora and fauna.

Honorable mention

Project: The reconstruction of Astor Place and Cooper Square
Architect: WXY
Location: New York

Reconstruction of Astor Place and Cooper Square, WXY (Barkow Photo)

The network of streets in and around Astor Place and Cooper Square in New York City has benefited from configurations that enhance the experiential nature of the neighborhood. At the request of the city’s Department of Transportation, the design team developed a rich pedestrian environment, relieved pedestrian and vehicular congestion, and created bespoke seating in the plazas.


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