IMCL Honor Award, Built Project – Rue de Dijon - 3 years of organic community building

Jury Statement:

Seen as a design product this is a very modest, unsophisticated project, and yet the scale of the social goal it addresses is major. Rue de Dijon demonstrates how much may be achieved through thoughtful and caring community participation and continuing small interventions in the public realm.

The neighborhood in North Montreal is known for its high population of immigrants, elderly and poor. It is underserved, riven with racism and extreme violence, and lacks hospitable public places that could heal social and cultural tensions.

IMCL Honor Award, Proposed Project – VeloCity

Jury Statement: 

This is a visionary conceptual plan, directly and clearly illustrating through cartoons how to sustainably accommodate one million new homes across a swath of English countryside stretching from Oxford to Milton Keynes to Cambridge. This vision soundly rejects auto-dependent sprawl in favor of bike and pedestrian networks, and imagines the revival of existing villages and small towns not as retirement centers so prevalent today, but as vibrantly growing hubs for young families living a sustainable lifestyle.

IMCL Honor Award, Proposed Project – City Continuity Community

Jury’s comment:

This project to save the historic fabric and vibrant quality of life of a section of London has enormous international significance, especially now, when large scale demolition of swathes of historic cities around the world is accelerating.

IMCL Honor Award, Built Project – Sundance Square, Fort Worth

Jury’s comment:

It is of great significance that a major Texan city wedded to the automobile has created a main square free of traffic. Sundance Square, framed by two fine early 20th century buildings (Jett Building and the Land Title Building) and two handsome 21st century buildings in keeping with the historic setting (the Commerce Building to the east and The Westbrook to the west), transforms two parking lots into the pedestrian heart of the city.

2016 Design Awards

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IMCL Honor Award, Proposed Project - Refugee Village Masterplan

Jury’s comment:

This is a truly outstanding masterplan for refugees in the Middle East – visionary, ethical, sustainable, and practical. Instead of insecure and degrading tents or shacks, this plan proposes adobe brick structures built by immigrants working together. The plan prioritizes community building by locating a market place at the center, and emphasizing civic structures, a school, a church and a mosque. Immigrants’ houses are designed to accommodate small shops or businesses, as families get settled, thus facilitating a normal urban lifestyle.

2015 Design Awards

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Paseo Cayala

IMCL Honor Award, Proposed Project - Urban Regeneration, ZEN

Jury's comment:

The documentation and urban analysis process to create this brilliant, biophilic, and ethically sound project is a model that can be used in almost any context. The thought given to the social aspects of this project is exemplary.

The network of streets and plazas, urban fabric, mixed use, scale, traditional architectural vocabulary all promise a project that will enhance the lives of a population group whose lives have been devoid of beauty. We desperately hope this project comes to fruition.


IMCL Honor Award, Proposed project - Baltimore Urban Farmstead

Jury's comment:

This is a small project but extremely ambitious, given the context, and provides an excellent model for troubled and poverty stricken areas of cities around the world. The aspects of integrating urban agriculture, employment training, and life skills, to regenerate a neighborhood is inspiring. 




For Excellence in

Designing for Green, Healthy Cities


IMCL Honor Award, Built project - New Town of Cayalá, Guatemala

Jury's comment:

One built project stood out from all the rest -- the new town of Cayala! The architectural character and extraordinary attention to human scale reinforces the excellent network of streets and public spaces. Creating a new town as an open neighborhood so that is can achieve the rich social mix of traditional communities seems very possible in this place – and we think it is very beautiful!

The nature of the architecture is such that it will be enhanced with age, and be able to withstand the inevitable additions and subtractions.

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