A Searchable Database on the
Internet of The Waterfront Center's Excellence on the Waterfront Awards
Program Winners 1987-2014
Exploring the Search Engine
The Waterfront Center is in the process of loading
information about all the awards granted by the Waterfront Center since 1987
into a searchable database linked to our webpage, see more detail in the
Phase I of the database is now complete Award years 2005 to 2014
The page to enter queries can be found
The search engine stores information in
the following categories: Award Year, Award Category, Project Type, Project Name, Award City, Award State, Award Country, Entrants Names, Award Organization, Organization Website, Contact Name, Contact Address, Contact Phone, Contact E-Mail, Project Description, Jury Comments.
You can enter a search in any of these categories. If you enter
2011 for example you will see a list of
all the awards granted in that year. Click on the award name of one of the projects and
you will see all the information, including images, about that project.
If you entered a country, Korea for example, you will see all the awards
granted for that country.
The search engine also scans the text of the
project description so if you search for park for example you will see not
only the projects categorized as parks but also those that have the word park
in their project description or jury comments. To view only those projects
categorized as Park awards click on those projects labeled Park in the Award
We would welcome your comments at
and we are trying to raise the money to complete this project. If you
can help please click the Donate button below.
In 1981 Ann
Breen and Dick Rigby founded the Waterfront Center, a non-profit educational
organization, in the belief that waterfronts — where the land meets the
ocean, bay, lake, river or canal — are unique, finite resources. The mission
of the Center is to advance, through its educational work and advocacy, the
most beneficial and diverse use of community waterfront resources in the
long-term public interest.
In 1987 the
Waterfront Center began the “Excellence on the Waterfront Awards Program,”
initiated with grants from the National Endowment for the Arts Design Arts
Program and the National Marine Manufacturers Association, to recognize
top-quality design and development work from around the world. Entries are for
comprehensive plans, built projects and student work. The Center also
recognizes grassroot citizen’s efforts through a Clearwater Award named for
the non-profit group of that name working to clean up the Hudson River in New
the years the stature of this awards program has grown internationally. In
2012 seven of the ten awards came from outside the U.S., including Malta, New
Zealand and Singapore The Waterfront Center is known as an independent
institution and the judgments rendered by the awards juries are seen as
unbiased recognition based on merit. Honor awards are increasingly
sought after and prized. The initial announcement of each year’s awards
comes during the Center’s annual conference on waterfront planning,
development and culture.
start of the program the Waterfront Center has presented awards to 370
recipients. Since 2004, popular, 20-page illustrated booklets have been
prepared each year to publicize the winning projects, and more recently the
winners have been posted on the Internet at
The goal of
this project is to create an interactive digital database with information
about all the projects that have won awards in the Waterfront Center
“Excellence on the Waterfront Awards Program “and to make it freely
available to the public in an accessible form. The 25-year record documents
some of the best thinking on waterfront planning and design from around the
information in the database would include the name of the project,
illustrative images, descriptive text, jury comments, and identifying
characteristics to allow interactive searches. The database would be
built with software that would allow searches to be made to extract projects
of particular interest.
would be posted on the Internet as a free resource linked to the Waterfront
Center’s existing, actively-used web site . This unique resource, available
no where else, will be a valuable reference for designers, cities, developers,
planners, and students.
• Complete Contact
Information. Search the archives of the Waterfront Center and identify and
verify the contact information for each award. This information includes
the name, address, phone number and e-mail address of a contact person for
each award. Where available links to web sites of the developers,
designers or planners of each award would also be collected.
• Collect Text and Images.
Collect all the text and images (both digital and 35mm. slides) associated
with the award winners and cross-reference them to the contact list.
• Digitize Text and Images.
Prepare the text associated with each award for digital distribution. All
hard copy would need to be scanned and put through optical character
Convert all award images
presently on 35mm slides to a digital format. The slides would be
cleaned and sent to a commercial digitization company at an estimated cost of
$1,000. These digitizations are to be added to the digital images of
more recent awards, reduced in resolution for web distribution, and the
appearance of the image optimized for digital viewing. About 1,800
images are involved.
• Complete Search Software.
A pilot version of the search software has been created for demonstration
purposes. Complete the fully functioning software and prepare it for
integration into the Waterfront Center web page.
• Load Text, Images and
Contact Information. Collect the digitized text and images of the award
projects and load them into the completed search software. Cut and paste
the text and contact information for 370 projects and about 1,800 images into
appropriate fields in the database structure.
• Find Locations and Add
Location Links. Find the longitude and latitude of each award and enter
this information into a location link to Google maps that can be added to each
• Change Web Site Server.
The current Waterfront Center web site server does not support the search
engine software so a new server will have to be found. This will involve
transferring all the current web page code to the new server and testing that
all the links are correct.
• Integrate Search Engine to
Web Site. Transfer the loaded database to the new web server, add the
software needed to operate the search engine on the web site, and integrate
the new search capability into a graphic of the Waterfront Center web pages.
• Test Search Capability. Test
the Web search capability and correct any bugs in the system.
• Publicize New Web Search
Capability. Publicize the new search capability by contacting award
winners, posting notices on the web site and FaceBook, publishing a newsletter
and issuing a press release to the Center’s large in-house list.
The project budget is $94,645.
Funding is being sought from
individuals, organizations and foundations.
Help the Center Meet This
Make a tax-deductible donation to
the Center by
check payable to the Waterfront Center and send to:
The Waterfront Center, PO Box
53351, Washington, DC 20009.