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The Columbarium and Garden of Remembrance at Kiu Tau Road in Hong Kong, China, one of the finalists for the 2014 ULI Global Awards for Excellence.

Twenty-three developments from around the globe, including 11 in North America, seven in Asia, and five in Europe, have been selected as finalists in the 2014 ULI Global Awards for Excellence competition. From this select group, a jury representing the many fields of real estate development expertise will choose a group of winners that will be announced in October at ULI’s 2014 Fall Meeting in New York City.

“The 2014 Global Awards for Excellence finalists demonstrate high-quality, innovative land use and building design. In addition, many involve historic preservation, public/private partnerships, environmental sustainability, and creative financing,” said jury chair M. Leanne Lachman, president of real estate consulting firm Lachman Associates in New York City. “This group of diverse projects is a timely reminder of how thoughtful design plays a central role in community health and longevity.”

The competition, now in its 36th year, recognizes real estate projects that achieve a high standard of excellence in design, construction, economics, planning, and management. The program, open to all, not just ULI members, is viewed as the centerpiece of ULI’s efforts to identify and promote best practices in all types of real estate development.

The finalists (developers and architects in parentheses) are:

  • 77 H, Washington, D.C. (developer: the JBG Companies, the Bennett Group; designer: Mushinsky Voelzke + Associates). A residential and retail mixed-use development that focuses on community integration and strengthening the urban corridor.
  • 300 East Randolph, Chicago, Illinois (developer: Walsh Higgins & Company, Goettsch Partners). A two-phased, vertically expanded office tower in the city’s East Loop district.
  • The Brewery, Portland, Oregon (developer: Gerding Edlen; designer: GBD Architects Inc.). A sustainable mixed-use project that renovates an urban community through a new neighborhood in a deteriorating warehouse district.
  • Cedar Gateway Apartments, San Diego, California (developer: ROEM Development Corporation and Squier Properties LLC; designer: Silber Architects). An environmentally friendly, multifamily apartment complex employing contemporary design to complement adjacent downtown buildings.
  • CityWay, Indianapolis, Indiana (developer: Buckingham Companies; designer: Oz Architecture, et al.). A progressive and innovative mixed-use complex redevelopment of a significantly underused site in the heart of downtown.
  • Columbarium and Garden of Remembrance at Kiu Tau Road, Hong Kong, China (developer: Hong Kong SAR government; designer: Architectural Services Department, Hong Kong SAR). An architecturally unique complex that provides an innovative approach to creating a columbarium and gardens for the public, integrating remembrance into the city.
  • Corvin Promenade, Budapest, Hungary (developer: Futureal Group; designer: Rév8, IN-VI, M_hely Zrt.). Regeneration project in the heart of Budapest, creating a civic center for the city’s Eighth District.
  • Danish Maritime Museum, Helsingør, Denmark (developer: Maritime Museums Byg A/S; designer: BIG Bjarke Ingels Group). An innovative, subterranean museum built within and around an unused dry dock.
  • The Exploratorium, San Francisco, California (developer: Wilson Meany; designer: EHDD Architecture). An environmentally friendly development project on a historic site that now houses an internationally renowned museum of science.
  • Far East Square and AMOY, Singapore (developer: China Classic Pte Ltd.; designer: DP Architects Pte Ltd.). A preservation-focused mixed-use project that renovates old shop houses into modern retail and entertainment outlets.
  • GLP Misato III, Misato City, Japan (developer: Global Logistic Properties; designer: Global Logistic Properties, et al.). A state-of-the-art, environmentally conscious logistics facility that aims for both business efficiency and environmental awareness.
  • Governor George Deukmejian Courthouse, Long Beach, California (developer: Long Beach Judicial Partners LLC/Meridiam Infrastructure; designer: AECOM). An environmentally friendly public building delivered through an innovative public/private partnership.
  • Mercado Do Bom Sucesso, Porto, Portugal (developer: Urban Market Company, et al.; designer: Ferreira de Almeida, Arquitectos LDA). A renovated mixed-use public building that incorporates its original function as a fresh goods market with retail, hotel, and commercial space.
  • MetraMarket, Chicago, Illinois (developer: U.S. Equities Realty; designer: Cannon Design). A mixed-use urban development in downtown that provides a unique and effective high-traffic marketplace for small local artisans and purveyors.
  • The MixC in Shenyang, Shenyang, China (developer: China Resources Land (Shenyang) Co. Ltd.; designer: RTKL Associates Inc.). A mixed-use, environmentally conscious office, residential, and commercial complex that maintains harmony in its overall design.
  • The Ninety, Toronto, Canada (developer: Harhay Developments; designer: CORE architects, II by IV Design). An innovative refurbishment project that transforms an old office building into a residential project.
  • Sixty London, London, United Kingdom (developer: Bath House Development Limited; designer: Kohn Pedersen Fox). Commercial office space that incorporates one of the area’s historic stone gatehouses.
  • SteelStacks Art and Cultural Campus, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania (developer: Bethlehem Redevelopment Authority; designer: KostowGreenWood Architects, et al.). A renovated public arts–focused campus that incorporates the city’s old steelworks.
  • Tamar Development Project, Hong Kong, China (developer: Chief Secretary for Administration’s Office, Hong Kong SAR government; designer: Rocco Design Architects Ltd.). An intricate complex facility that incorporates various government buildings along the city’s waterfront and harbor.
  • Tjuvholmen, Oslo, Norway (developer: Tjuvholmen KS/AS; designer: HRTB as Arkitekter Mnal, et al.). Renovation of the city’s waterfront through a new development project.
  • Via6, Seattle, Washington (developer: Pine Street Group LLC; designer: GGLO, Hewitt). A vertical, sustainable residential project that aims to connect its residents through design to create a neighborhood.
  • Xintiandi Hotels, Shanghai, China (developer: Shui On Land Ltd.; designer: Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates, et al.). A sustainable, luxury hotel project that incorporates the designs from adjacent historic buildings.
  • Zuellig Building, Makati City, Philippines (developer: Bridgebury Realty Corporation; designer: Skidmore, Owing & Merrill LLP, et al.). A sustainable office development designed as rental property for multitenant use.

The competition is part of the Institute’s Awards for Excellence program, established in 1979, which is based on ULI’s guiding principle that the achievement of excellence in land use practice should be recognized and rewarded. ULI’s Awards for Excellence recognize the full development process of a project, not just its architecture or design. The criteria for the awards include leadership, contribution to the community, innovations, public/private partnerships, environmental protection and enhancement, response to societal needs, and financial viability. Throughout the program’s history, all types of projects have been recognized for their excellence, including office, residential, recreational, urban/mixed-use, industrial/office park, commercial/retail, new community, rehabilitation, and public projects and programs.