CBRE and the Urban Land Institute (ULI) held an event last night in the capital to announce the winners of the inaugural ‘ULI Excellence in Placemaking’ awards. The awards were established to reward organisations and communities throughout Ireland that make genuine efforts to improve their local communities through the initiation of placemaking projects that add to the public realm and make these places better places in which to ‘live, work and play’.
The competition, which was first announced at the Urban Land Institute conference in Dublin late last year sought to shortlist the best examples of Placemaking throughout the four provinces of Ireland and received a large number of entries from all over the country. Judges, which included esteemed planners, architects & academics and the internationally renowned architect, urban designer & planner Daniel Ringelstein, all commented on the calibre of entries received and the extent to which the importance of Placemaking is now gaining momentum in the Irish market.
According to Tom Dunne, Chairman at ULI Ireland, the awards tie in with some of the key objectives of the Urban Land Institute in terms of identifying, showcasing & celebrating good design & placemaking in urban landscapes. “The projects that have particularly appealed to the judges are those that promote health & wellbeing, offering ‘connectivity, permeability and accessibility’ for all whilst also promoting the best in architecture and design. The projects that particularly resonated with the judging panel are both architecturally beautiful and strong on design”.
The winners of the various categories are as follows:
Overall Winner – Weaver Park, Dublin 8
Special Commendation – The Dublin Port Precinct project, Dublin Port
Rest of Leinster
Midlands Amenity Park, Moate, Co. Westmeath
The Promenade project, Mulranny, Co. Mayo
Ballincollig People’s Park, Ballincollig, Co. Cork
Special Commendation – Harpers Island Ecological project, Cork
The Green, Dunfanaghy, Co. Donegal
Overall National Excellence in Placemaking Award Winner 2019
· Weaver Park, Dublin 8
The judges in the inaugural Placemaking Awards said that Weaver Park demonstrates all that is good about Placemaking including:
· regeneration of a brownfield site in a high-density urban location;
· led by local Government;
· promoting the health & wellness agenda;
· developed for the benefit of the local community;
· an extremely high focus placed on design and architecture