Innovative Design Awards Challenge The Convention

Innovative Design Awards Challenge The Convention

Project for Public Spaces

Project for Public Spaces -- which has an international reputation for its work on the design and management of public spaces -- want to challenge conventional landscape design awards, believing that they give little or no thought to the users of that space.

Fred Kent, President of Project for Public Spaces says

"In conventional design awards the process is too narrowly defined. The question is, do people go there -- not whether or not it looks good on a magazine cover."

"We've always been wary of awards at Project for Public Spaces, but then we realized it's the way they are done that's the problem. So now we're offering an alternative that will bring attention to good practice -- and at the same time, we're challenging the professionals to rethink the way they evaluate success. Parks have a key role in revitalizing our cities but they must have the pride and ownership of the people who use them."

The three new Great Parks, Great Cities Awards will be inaugurated this summer by Project for Public Spaces as part of its seventh annual conference on urban parks. The conference will bring together 300 parks leaders from cities across the U.S. and will feature presentations by some of the nation's key figures.

Related Link: Urban Parks Online

For more information contact:

Harriet Festing
Project for Public Spaces
153 Waverly Place
New York
New York 10014

Phone: 212 620 5660
Fax: 212 620 3821
Email: [email protected]

Posted June 7, 2001

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