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The Waterfront Center Excellence on the Waterfront Awards

    The awards program was begun in 1987 with a grant from the National Endowment for the arts. With the 2018 program, there will have been 31 years of recognition of top urban waterfront work from around the world.

The 2018 Excellence on the Waterfront Program Guidelines, Criteria and Entry Form

Application Deadline

     Entries must be Postmarked by July 16, 2018. Overseas entries should use an express mail service to insure timely delivery.

Awards Ceremony

     Award winners will be honored at the 2018 Excellence on the Waterfront Award Ceremony.The announcement and ceremony will begin at 12:30 pm Friday, September 21 in Washington, D.C. All winners will give a short presentation about their project or plan. A reception and dinner will follow.

Award Criteria

     An interdisciplinary jury of professional planners, designers, city officials, and community, business and development representatives determines the award winners using the following qualitative criteria:

Sensitivity of the design to water. Document how the entry makes use of the waterfront and the water resource, how it provides for active public enjoyment of the waterfront and, where possible, provides for physical and visual access to and along the waterfront.

Quality and harmony of design. Show how the project/plan citizen effort/student work fits into the surroundings, be they natural or man-made, and incorporates and celebrates the unique historic and cultural features of the community, particularly relating to the waterfront. The human scale of the project will also be a consideration.

Civic contribution. Relate how the project has helped the economy of the community, boosted civic pride or otherwise has had a positive affect on the area. Show that the work is sustainable and how it is economically viable over the long run.

Environmental. Show how environmental values are stressed. This aspect and the importance of sound scientific underpinnings have been very important to recent juries.

Enrichment. Show how the project/plan contributes to the overall cultural richness of the community. Where applicable, relate how the entry provides interpretive signs, displays or other facilities to explain an area’s waterfront heritage and natural values.

Degree of difficulty. Describe how obstacles of various types have been overcome, be they natural, political/jurisdictional, economic or permitting.

Application Form

Entry Guidelines

Project Guidelines

Plan Guidelines

Student Guidelines

Clearwater Guidelines

Awards Search Engine

30th Annual Excellence on the Waterfront 2017Awards posted

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