The 2020 ULI Urban Open Space Awards jury also recognized the contributions that the following open-space projects and programs have made to their communities.
Los Angeles, California
Owner and designer: CicLAvia
A leader in the Open Streets movement.
CicLAvia turns public streets into public parks for a day. Instead of building permanent infrastructure, CicLAvia builds a unifying social fabric connecting neighborhoods and neighbors to each other. Growing from one Sunday in 2010 to bimonthly in 2019, 35 CicLAvia open streets have covered 226 miles (364 km) in communities across Los Angeles and attracted 1.85 million people. Each route is seven times larger than the city’s median public park.
Punto Urban Art Museum (PUAM)
Owner: North Shore Community Development Coalition (CDC); designers: North Shore CDC, City of Salem
Creative placemaking and community engagement with art as a catalyst.
Located in Salem’s El Punto neighborhood, PUAM features more than 100 murals by 30 world-renowned and local artists who represent the Dominican culture of neighborhood residents. By engaging those residents and including public space for community uses, North Shore CDC is sharing the history and role of immigration in the neighborhood. PUAM has inspired local pride and become a tourist destination.
(A list of contributing artists is available at http://puntourbanartmuseum.org/open-air-museum/artists.)
Quartyard and Quartyard II
San Diego, California
Owners: Quartyard, City of San Diego; designer: RAD LAB
Temporary urban infill space that activates and creates a sense of place on previously vacant public land.
Quartyard is an urban park and event venue in the East Village Neighborhood of downtown San Diego. In its original and current locations it offers community-based uses, including a dog park, events, musical performances, retailers, restaurants, and art galleries. The project employs recycled and retrofitted shipping containers as its core building blocks.