IAP2 presents international Core Values Awards in Scarborough, UK
Australia, Canada and the U.S. entries take top honours in 2010
(Scarborough, UK) – Set against the backdrop of the historic and beautiful seaside resort town of Scarborough, North Yorkshire, UK, the International Association for Public Participation (IAP2) presented the 2010 Core Values Awards at a reception hosted by IAP2 UK-Ireland honouring this year’s award winners. Scarborough is a fitting host for the international awards as a public participation project involving the revitalization of the town was last year’s winner of the Core Values Project of the Year Award.
Entries from Australia, Canada and the United States took first place in this year’s competition.
IAP2 President Desley Renton congratulated the three winners on behalf of the Association’s Board of Directors and IAP2 members around the world, “IAP2’s seven Core Values go to the very heart of our association and guide how we think about and practice authentic public participation. These winning entries represent best practice in our field, and serve as examples of excellence for others to emulate.”
Left to Right: AIA members Joel Mills and Erin Simmons (American Institute of Architecture, The Centre for Communities for Design), Lucy Cole-Edelstein (Straight Talk) , Desley Renton (IAP2 President), Terry Koch (IAP2 Canadian Board Member), Geoff Wilson (Co-Chair Core Values Awards)
Organization of the Year
The Centre for Communities by Design, American Institute of Architecture (Washington, DC, USA) won the Organisation of the Year category with their entry, “Building the Designer Democracy Movement.”
The American Institute of Architects is the leading professional membership association for licensed architects, emerging professionals, and allied partners. With nearly 300 state and local chapters, the AIA serves as the voice of the architecture profession and the resource for our members in service to society. The Center for Communities by Design serves as a catalyst, convener, and information center that helps AIA members work with citizens and other stakeholders to envision and create more sustainable, healthy, safe and livable communities. Through the Design Assistance program, over 1,000 professionals from more than 30 disciplines have provided millions of dollars in professional pro bono services to more than 180 communities across the United States.
Project of the Year
Housing New South Wales and Straight Talk (New South Wales, Australia) were awarded Project of the Year for their entry, entitled, “Out Loud consultation process for the Airds Bradbury Renewal Project.”
Housing New South Wales is the largest social housing provider in Australia. Strategic Projects, a division of Housing NSW, was established to plan and deliver large scale urban and community renewal in selected social housing estates. Its redevelopment approach is branded the Living Communities Program and is a major initiative of Housing NSW. Living Communities has a strong emphasis on active resident engagement to achieve its objectives of enhancing opportunities, building capacity and improving the built environment. Strategic Projects has led successful community engagement processes in two award winning renewal projects at Minto and Bonnyrigg. For the Airds Bradbury Renewal Project, Strategic Projects teamed up with the boutique public engagement consultancy, Straight Talk, to design and carry out the initial engagement phase of the Master Planning. Straight Talk is recognised for designing innovative approaches that support dialogue and collaborative engagement.
Translink, the regional transportation authority for metropolitan Vancouver (Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada) won the Innovation Award with their entry: “It’s Your Move: Translink 2010 Ten Year Plan.”
TransLink is the transportation authority for the Metro Vancouver region in British Columbia. Vancouver is frequently rated as one of the most livable cities in the world and maintaining this high quality of life, preserving the environment and sustaining a robust economy are the region’s highest priorities. TransLink’s role is to plan, finance, and deliver an integrated transportation network that serves two million residents efficiently and effectively in Canada’s largest service area. The network includes major arterial roads, a multi-modal public transit system that received high praise during the 2010 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games, plus programs for cycling, walking and a variety of travel options. As it develops its transportation and financial plans, TransLink invests heavily in public engagement, with significant executive involvement, staff resources and innovation to provide the public with access to information and channels to offer input and commentary, both on-line and in the community.
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