Nov 17, 2015

Mayor's Urban Design Awards Exceeds Expectations

The Mayor’s Urban Design Awards had an exceptional year, culminating in a sold-out gala event Thursday, November 5. 

Curious which Calgary buildings and public spaces were recognized at this year’s Mayor Urban Design Awards? If you weren’t able to attend the gala event, be sure to check out the project webpage for a full list of the winners and honourable mentions. 
The full cast of 2015 Mayor's Urban Design Awards winners.

The jurors were very enthusiastic about this year’s submissions – so enthusiastic that they created a new award category for unbuilt urban architecture, in response to the overwhelming number of projects submitted that weren't yet completed, but were sure to contribute in a big way to Calgary’s future cityscape. The Green City Award was new as well, created to recognize sustainable design in our city. Meanwhile, the People’s Choice Award was also established to open up the conversation about urban design to ordinary Calgarians, and it served to attract more attention to the program. 

This year’s program garnered more interest than ever before including: 

  • extensive media coverage from local outlets; 
  • 68 award submissions (a new record for the program); 
  • a lot of social media love (check out #mudayyc to see what the Twitterverse had to say); 
  • almost 1,000 votes from Calgarians for the new People’s Choice Award; and 
  • a sold out full house for the gala event. 

Indeed, Calgarians care about urban design, and for good reason.

Increasingly, our city is gaining a national and international reputation for iconic and memorable design. Think of the Peace Bridge, the Bow Building and St. Patrick’s Island Park. Well-designed buildings and public spaces have the power to inspire the people who interact with them every day. We’re excited about the momentum we've built and are already looking forward to a bigger, better 2017 event. 

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