Awarded biennially, the Veronica Rudge Green Prize in Urban Design is the foremost award recognizing achievement in this field. Established in 1986 on the occasion of Harvard University’s 350 anniversary and the 50 anniversary of the Harvard Graduate School of Design, the prize recognizes exemplary urban design projects realized anywhere in the world in the past 10 years.
Nominations for the prize are received from the GSD’s extensive network of academics and urban design professionals. Projects must be more than one building or an open space, and are evaluated in terms of their contributions to the public realm and to quality of urban life.
Below is a list of in-print works in this collection, presented in series order or publication order as applicable.
The Favela-Bairro Project: Jorge Mario Jáuregui Architects, The Sixth Veronica Rudge Green Prize in Urban Design
The favelas of Rio de Janeiro are shantytowns that lack even the most basic infrastructure and services. The Favela-Bairro Project, featuring the work of Jorge Mario Jáuregui Architects, seeks to turn these blighted areas into functioning neighborhoods, or bairros.
Residential Waterfront, Borneo Sporenburg, Amsterdam: Adriaan Geuze, West 8 urban design & landscape architecture, The Seventh Veronica Rudge Green Prize in Urban Design
“When one reads or hears about the vicissitudes of the project’s evolution—about the long approval processes and the large cast of characters—it all seems like an excellent piece of narrative, a great plot replete with subplots leading us to intense episodes of dramatic action.”—from the Introduction
Aleppo: Rehabilitation of the Old City, The Eighth Veronica Rudge Green Prize in Urban Design
In Aleppo, Busquets describes the value of successful urban rehabilitation in this historic setting. The Syrian city of Aleppo won the prestigious Veronica Rudge Green Prize in Urban Design for its urban renewal efforts and Busquets offers an innovative take on how these rehabilitation projects are accomplished effectively.
Olympic Sculpture Park for the Seattle Art Museum: The Ninth Veronica Rudge Green Prize in Urban Design
Envisioned as a new urban model for sculpture parks, the Seattle Art Museum’s Olympic Sculpture Park not only brings art outside the museum walls but also brings the park into the landscape of the city. This study offers an opportunity to take a fresh look at the city and explore some hypotheses about the wider meaning of an urban design project.
Deconstruction/Construction: The Cheonggyecheon Restoration Project in Seoul
The restoration of the Cheonggyecheon River that runs through Seoul, Korea, merits recognition as a seminal project in contemporary urban design. In this well-illustrated volume, contributors consider the ecological, infrastructural, and urban impacts of this exceptional project at the heart of the city.