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Mayor's Urban Design Awards: Enter a project

The nomination period for the 2015 Mayor’s Urban Design Awards is now closed. Thank you for your submissions!

1. Conceptual or Theoretical Urban Design Projects

Conceptual or Theoretical Urban Design Projects

This category is for a plan or a study within Calgary that provides a strategy for urban transformation that has no official construction status. The strategy must not be short-term. Urban design studies, charrettes (intensive, multi-day sessions where designers, architects, engineers, subject matter experts, key stakeholders and community representatives collaborate on creating designs for a defined area), master plans, redevelopment strategies and community plans of high inspirational value may be submitted.

Eligibility:

The plan or study must have been completed after Jan. 1, 2007; however, it should not yet have been implemented.

Award criteria:

  • Comprehensiveness: The plan or study addresses a wide a range of factors affecting development.
  • Innovative approach: Proposals that highlight new ideas and/or approaches to interventions in the city.
  • Clarity of presentation: Understandable, readable and well-illustrated graphically.

2. Approved or Adopted Urban Design Plans

Approved or Adopted Urban Design Plans

This category is for an urban design plan or study that has been approved or adopted by The City, and physical changes have started to occur.

Eligibility:

The plan, project, or study must have been approved after Jan. 1, 2007. There should be concrete examples of physical changes to the urban landscape.

Award criteria:

  • Evidence of success: Examples of quality improvements to the urban landscape.
  • Creative resolution: Proposed solutions that successfully address multiple objectives and competing interests.
  • Acceptance of the plan by the community: Evidence that the community supports the plan and its implementation.

3. Urban Architecture

Urban Architecture

 This category is for a building or group of buildings that contribute to an urban design initiative. The project should be of high architectural standard that achieves urban design excellence through its unique relationship with its immediate surroundings, massing and pedestrian amenities. The project will also contribute to defining a special relationship with the neighbouring community.

Eligibility:

A new building, a renovated building or complex of buildings completed or installed after Jan. 1, 2007, within the municipal boundaries of the city of Calgary, and designed by an architect.

Award criteria:

  • Compatibility with the urban initiative.
  • Positive contribution to the public realm.
  • Architectural excellence.
  • Demonstration of the value of urban design by showing how the urban design plan directed and influenced the building. 

4. Civic Design Projects 

Civic Design Projects

This category is for civic improvement projects such as a park, public space or civil engineering infrastructure which have been implemented as the result of an urban design plan or initiative.

Eligibility:

A construction project completed or installed after Jan. 1, 2007 within the municipal boundaries of the city of Calgary, and designed by an architect, landscape architect or engineer.

Award criteria:

  • Compatibility with the urban plan.
  • Positive contribution to the public realm. 
  • Design excellence.
  • Demonstration of the value of urban design by showing how the plan or initiative directed and influenced the space or the objects.

5. Urban Fragments

Urban Fragments

Projects in this category involve a single, small-scale piece of a building or landscape that contributes significantly to the quality of the public realm. This category includes modest elements such as street furniture, lighting, interpretation media, memorials, public art or other form of intervention that contribute to the enjoyment and appreciation of the urban environment. Projects can be of a temporary or permanent nature.

Eligibility:

Completed or installed after January 1, 2007 within the municipal boundaries of the city of Calgary.

Award criteria:

  • Positive contribution to the public realm.
  • Design excellence.
  • Innovation and uniqueness.

6. Community Improvement Projects

Community Improvement Projects

 This category is for any built project, however modest, initiated and implemented by a community-based organization that enhances the public realm. Examples include streetscapes, public art, special installations, environmental initiatives and a banner program.

Eligibility:

The improvement must have been completed after Jan. 1, 2007.

Award criteria:

  • Wide community involvement: Demonstration of how the community was involved and supported the improvements.
  • Positive contribution to the public realm.
  • Conceptual clarity and execution of the improvement.
  • Innovation and uniqueness of the built project.

7. Student Projects

Student Projects

 A student project is an urban design project established jointly by The City and a local school or faculty within a university and carried out after September 2009. The City and the university will select a maximum of five student projects that are to be submitted for adjudication by the jury.

Eligibility:

This category is open to students in urban design, architecture, landscape architecture and urban planning at the undergraduate or graduate level.

Award criteria:

  • Comprehensiveness: Addressing a wide a range of factors affecting development and providing solutions to the stated problem.
  • Conceptual clarity and urban design excellence, as demonstrated in the illustrations showing physical improvements.
  • Clarity of presentation: Understandable, readable and well-illustrated graphically.

8. The Mawson Urban Design Award

The Mawson Urban Design Award

Thomas Hayton Mawson was an English landscape architect and town planner. In 1913, Mawson was commissioned by The City of Calgary to design a plan for the city's future development. An ambitious but unrealized concept, Images from Calgary: A Preliminary Scheme for Controlling the Growth of the City now reside at the Canadian Architectural Archives in the University of Calgary library.

This category is for an individual building or a composition of buildings that achieve urban design excellence and creativity through awareness of the Calgary context. Submissions should document and highlight how the building(s) contribute to successful city-building through a contextual relationship. Examples include a residential infill building, a mixed-use or main street building, or a building addition or renovation.

Eligibility:

All types of buildings are eligible. This could be a landmark, background piece, new construction or a restoration/transformation. The project must have been completed after January 1, 2007 and be within the municipal boundaries of the city of Calgary.

Award criteria:

  • Quality of achievements over time.
  • Innovative solutions to significant or complex revitalization problems.
  • Positive contribution to the public realm.
  • Special identity for the area based on the rich architectural heritage.
  • Design excellence.
  • Demonstration of the value of urban design by showing how the Calgary context directed the influenced the plan.
  • Architectural excellence.

*Please note: Not eligible for submission to the National RAIC Awards.

9. City Edge Development 

City Edge Development

This category is for plans, studies, architecture, landscape designs and site elements that respond specifically to the challenges and opportunities presented on sites located in all recently developed and newly developing areas of the city.

Eligibility:

The plan, study, or design must have been completed after January 2005; it may or may not yet have been implemented.

Award criteria:

  • Comprehensiveness: Addressing a wide a range of challenges and/or approaches to development outside the established areas of the City.
  • Innovative approach: Proposals that highlight new ideas and/or approaches to design and development at the outer edges of the city.
  • Clarity of presentation: Understandable and readable; clearly described and well-illustrated graphically.
     

10. Great City, Great Design

Great City, Great Design

This category is for building and infrastructure designs, urban design plans, landscape designs, planning studies, and individual site elements which contribute to the improvement of the quality of life in Calgary. Particularly, the award focuses on designs which provide opportunities for positive improvements to Calgarians’ health and well-being through things like improved walkability, accessibility, and overall enjoyment of the city.   

Eligibility:

The plan, study, or design must have been completed after January 2005; it may or may not yet have been implemented. It can be proposed on any site within The City of Calgary.

Award criteria:

  • Innovative approach: Proposals that highlight new ideas and/or approaches to design which improve Calgarians’ quality of life.
  • Clarity of presentation: Understandable and readable; clearly described and well-illustrated graphically.

*Please note: Not eligible for submission to the National RAIC Awards. 

11. People’s Choice  

People's Choice

The People’s Choice Award is an exciting new category that opens up the field to all types of buildings and public spaces in Calgary. The top 10 nominations will be included in the People’s Choice Award poll, which will be housed on Calgary.ca in October 2015. You can also vote for a different building of their choosing as an “other” option on the poll. You may vote once per day.

Eligibility:

All types of buildings are eligible. This could be a landmark, background piece, new construction or a restoration/transformation. The project must have been completed after January 1, 2007 and be within the municipal boundaries of the city of Calgary.

Award criteria:

  • Comprehensiveness: The plan or study addresses a wide a range of factors affecting development.
  • Innovative approach: Proposals that highlight new ideas and/or approaches to interventions in the city.
  • Clarity of presentation: Understandable, readable and well-illustrated graphically.

12. Green City

Green City

The Green City Award recognizes sustainable design practices that seek to reduce energy and resource consumption of buildings while achieving urban design excellence and related social benefits of a project.

Eligibility:

Projects recognized from The City of Calgary’s Sustainable Development Inventory will be considered, as well as those submitted for the Mayor’s Urban Design Awards. If you have not done so, complete a sustainable development inventory form for the project. The project must have been completed after January 1, 2007 and be within the municipal boundaries of the city of Calgary.

Award criteria:

  • A wide range of criteria from the sustainable development inventory will be considered, including:
    • Sustainable building certification (such as LEED, Green Globes, etc.)
    • Application of Transit Oriented Development practices
    • Water Efficiency and stormwater management
    • Use of renewable energy technologies
    • Energy efficiency
    • Recycling
  • Innovative approach: Projects that highlight innovation in sustainable design
  • Positive public experience and promoting the use of alternative means of transportation (cycling, pedestrian experience, etc.)
  • Quality of design and aesthetic integration of sustainable features
  • Clarity of presentation: Understandable and readable; clearly described and well-illustrated graphically