Railroad Park in Birmingham, AL, topped an impressive field of five vibrant U.S. urban design projects to be named the 2012 Winner of the Urban Open Space Award, presented by the Urban Land Institute at its annual meeting in Denver, October 18.
Tom Leader Studio was the lead designer on the project, beginning in 2002; the Railroad Park design team includes Kennedy & Violich Architecture, Macknally Land Design, GA Architecture, HKW Associates, Khafra, and Walter Schoel Engineering. TLS/KVA lead the RiverFirst Design Team.
The Urban Land Institute noted in its release that, “Railroad Park serves as an asset for the City of Birmingham by helping spur investment in the surrounding area and providing its people with a place to reengage in healthy urban living.”
Finalist selections were based on project design and how each transformed or revived its surrounding community; sites must have been open for at least one year, but not more than 15 years. Finalists for the 2012 award included The High Line, New York; Pier 25 at Tribeca Section of Hudson River Park, New York; RiverWalk Urban Waterfront, Calgary, Alberta; and Tanner Springs Park, Portland, OR.
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