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Hamilton Urban Design and Architecture Awards

A change is taking place in our city, not through top-down mission statements and megaprojects, but through small, incremental projects and initiatives.

By Mary Louise Pigott
Published November 08, 2007

The City of Hamilton Urban Design and Architecture Awards will be announced at a gala reception at the Art Gallery of Hamilton this evening, and the public is being invited to help select the People's Choice Award.

You can visit the People's Choice Award website to vote for the project you believe makes the best contribution to our urban environment. Voting closes on December 5, and the winner will be announced at the December 12 meeting of the Hamilton City Council.

A jury consisting of three design professionals and two city staff reviewed 30 submissions and narrowed it down to eight projects in six categories, including an award for best Visionary Project for the James North Art Crawl. Other categories include Adaptive Reuse and Heritage Conservation.

Like many here at RTH, I believe there is a sea change taking place in our city. This change is taking place not through top-down mission statements and megaprojects, but through small, incremental projects and initiatives.

This is reflected in the entries, most of which are small scale projects such as renovations, additions, parkettes, and small buildings. The projects were selected based on their creative use of limited resources, sustainable design techniques, design innovation, and their ability to have an impact on the surrounding community.

Now we have a chance to decide which ones might best serve as catalysts for the further transformation of our public spaces.

Mary Louise Pigott is an armchair urbanist and founding member of the Useful Knowledge Society, whose passion for urban neighbourhoods and public spaces occasionally moves her to write.

You can follow her on twitter at @mlhpigott.

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