The Bruner Foundation Announces Winners of the 2013 Gold and Silver Medals for Urban Excellence

National, Newsletter
Wednesday, May 8, 2013
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Gold Medal Winner, Inspiration Kitchens (Courtesy of Inspiration Corporation/Steve Hall, Hendrich Blessing)

Gold Medal Winner, Inspiration Kitchens (Courtesy of Inspiration Corporation/Steve Hall, Hendrich Blessing)

The Bruner Foundation Inc. has named the 2013 Gold and Silver Medalists of the Rudy Bruner Award for Urban Excellence (RBA). For twenty-five years, the foundation has celebrated urban projects that stand out for their “contributions to the social, economic, and communal vitality of our nation’s cities” with this biennial award. A panel of six urbanists—including such experts as Cathy Simon, design principal at Perkins + Will, and Mayor Mick Cornett, Oklahoma City—selected the four Silver Medalists, and the recipient of the $50,000 Gold Medal, Inspiration Kitchens in Chicago.

Inspiration Kitchens (Courtesy of Inspiration Corporation/Wheeler Kearns Architects)

Inspiration Kitchens (photo: Bruner Foundation)

“Our twenty-fifth anniversary Rudy Bruner Award winners highlight the diversity of innovation in our cities today,” says Simeon Bruner, founder of RBA, in a statement. “They show us urban excellence at all scales and inspire us with their optimism.”

The Gold Medal winner, Inspiration Kitchens is a nonprofit, that provides a restaurant training program for homeless or economically challenged individuals at its 80-seat LEED Gold certified facility on Chicago’s west side.

The Bruner Foundation will award $10,000 to four Silver Medalists,  including:

Congo Street Initiative, Dallas, TX: The LEED Gold or Platinum-certified restoration of five family houses and the construction of a sixth, in addition to the creation of green infrastructure that includes stormwater management and solar power and solar thermal systems.

Congo Street Initiative (Courtesy of buildingcommunityWORKSHOP)

Congo Street Initiative (Courtesy of buildingcommunityWORKSHOP)

Louisville Waterfront Park, Louisville, KY: An 85-acre urban park, once an abandoned industrial swathe of land, transformed over the course of two decades into a vibrant greenspace and waterfront community that provides a link to the city with the Ohio River.

Louisville Waterfront Park Waterfront (Courtesy of Waterfront Development Corporation/Wales Hunter, Nfocus Images)

Louisville Waterfront Park Waterfront (Courtesy of Waterfront Development Corporation/Wales Hunter, Nfocus Images)

The Steel Yard, Providence, RI: A 3.5-acre historic steel fabrication facility that serves as a center for arts education, workforce training, and small-scale manufacturing.

The Steel Yard (Courtesy of The Steel Yard/Christian Phillips Photography)

The Steel Yard (Courtesy of The Steel Yard/Christian Phillips Photography)

Via Verde, Bronx, NY: A 222-unit, LEED Gold certified, affordable housing development in the Bronx, designed by Dattner Architects and Grimshaw, featuring green roofs and solar panels.

Via Verde (Jonathan Rose Companies/David Sundberg)

Via Verde (Jonathan Rose Companies/David Sundberg)

 

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