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From 2010 to 2015 the ULI Urban Open Space Award celebrated and promoted vibrant, successful urban open spaces by annually recognizing and rewarding an outstanding example of a public destination that has enriched and revitalized its surrounding community.

The award was created through the generosity of Amanda M. Burden, New York City planning commissioner and 2009 laureate of the ULI J.C. Nichols Prize for Visionaries in Urban Development.

In 2011, the Kresge Foundation, MetLife Foundation, and ULI Foundation joined forces to continue the ULI Urban Open Space Award to highlight a notable range of spaces. Starting in 2016 ULI placed the program on a hiatus to reevaluate and update the criteria as well as to explore new sources of funding. Urban Open Space projects interested to submit to ULI Awards are encouraged to consider submitting to the ULI Global Awards for Excellence.


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