The first Placemaker awards from the
Urban Land Institute Pittsburgh
, “to celebrate the places that make Pittsburgh great,” were announced last week at a luncheon at the Fairmont in 3 PNC, a building lauded for its excellent design and green features.
Tom Murphy, former mayor of Pittsburgh, received the 2013 Inaugural Placemaker award and two standing ovations from the crowd of 300—before he spoke and after, when he finished his talk by issuing a challenge to Pittsburgh to never settle for less in design and building.
The ULI PLacemaker award winners are:
- Award for Excellence, Catalytic Place: Market Square Place
- Award for Excellence, Visual Place: Point Park University – the Academic Village Initiative The Village Park and Wood Street Corridor Enhancements
- Award for Excellence, Community Place: East End Cooperative House
- Award for Excellence, Cool Place: Assemble
ULI Pittsburgh received 38 nominees in the first competition.
In his talk, Murphy referenced an article in the Washington Post
which wondered, "How does it happen that in a Rust Belt city with no money, they built a masterpiece of a stadium? These pundits who write about the lack of economic development with stadiums and arts and culture need to come to Pittsburgh."
And in what Murphy said is the best recognition for the city, his three children “have come back to Pittsburgh because it works for them.
“Don’t settle for ‘it will do,’” he warned. "It’s about the quality of what we build. When people come through that tunnel, there’s a collective wow. Challenge yourself to build to the highest quality. Pittsburgh is on a roll and it will continue to be on a roll only if we challenge ourselves to reach.”
Writer: Tracy Certo
Source: ULI, Tom Murphy