Awards ceremony took place on Thursday October 15th during ULI’s Fall meeting in San Francisco. Among 6 finalists, Thousand Lantern Lake Park was announced as one of the two winners of ULI’s prestigious Urban Open Space award. This is the first time this award is open to international projects. For 15 years, design team at SWA has been building one vision through many design phases of this project. Amanda Burden, the founder of Urban Open Space Award addressed the audience at award ceremony:
“A GREAT MENTOR OF MINE, THE RENOWNED URBANIST HOLLY WHYTE, IS FAMOUS FOR SAYING ” YOU CAN MEASURE THE HEALTH OF A CITY BY THE VITALITY AND ENERGY OF ITS STREETS AND PUBLIC OPEN SPACES.”
IN MY EXPERIENCE GREAT PUBLIC OPEN SPACES ARE WHAT MAKES A CITY WORK.
THEY ARE WHAT MAKES CITIES COME ALIVE
THAT’S TRUE IN NEW YORK, HERE IN SAN FRANCISCO
AND IN CITIES AROUND THE WORLD…”
See Amanda’s full speech script:Amanda Burden_Script_award
Thousand Lantern Lake Park Image was on the cover of ULI’s Transformative Urban Open Space Foundation that features the ULI Urban Open Space Award winners from 2010-2015. See the award: http://uli.org/awards/thousand-lantern-2015-urban-open-space-finalist/
Peiwen and Amanda exchanged opinions on public open space design – the importance of an inviting public realm in Asia and other societies in the world, the magic of water in attracting people and a few very simple people place design criteria.
Video by Jonnu Singleton SWA Group