The Veronica Rudge Green Prize in Urban Design is the foremost award recognizing achievement in this field.

Awarded biennially, the prize recognizes exemplary urban design projects realized anywhere in the world in the past 10 years, with the understanding that such projects often require many years before they are able to demonstrate impacts. Projects must be more than one building or an open space, and are evaluated in terms of their contributions to the public realm and to quality of urban life. The project must also demonstrate a humane and worthwhile direction for the design of urban environments.

The award was established in 1986 on the occasion of Harvard University’s 350th anniversary and the 50th anniversary of the Harvard Graduate School of Design. Nominations for the prize are received from the GSD’s extensive network of academics and urban design professionals.

2017 Veronica Rudge Green Prize in Urban Design

The 13th Veronica Rudge Green Prize in Urban Design has been awarded to the High Line in New York, designed collaboratively by James Corner Field Operations, Diller Scofidio + Renfro, and Piet Oudolf. The prize committee has elected to allot the monetary prize of $50,000 associated with the award to Friends of the High Line, in recognition of the organization’s originating efforts and continued stewardship behind the project.

The High Line, a linear public park built on elevated freight rail on Manhattan’s West Side, has been hailed as a model of urban regeneration and of collaboration across fields and perspectives. In summarizing the deliberation process, the Green Prize jury noted that a great urban-design project is one where multiple actors spanning public and private domains are involved in and committed to lasting urban change.

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Past Recipients

2015
Madrid Río by Ginés Garrido of Burgos & Garrido with Porras & La Casta, Rubio & Álvarez-Sala, and West 8
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2013
Metro do Porto in Porto, Portugal, by Eduardo Souto do Moura with the Metro do Porto, and the Northeastern Urban Integration Project in Medellín, Colombia, by the City of Medellín with architect Alejandro Echeverri and Empresa de Desarrolo Urbano (EDU)
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2010
Cheonggyecheon Restoration Project in Seoul, Korea, by the Seoul Metropolitan Government

2007
Olympic Sculpture Park in Seattle, Washington, by Weiss/Manfredi

2005
Rehabilitation of the Old City of Aleppo, Syria, by the City of Aleppo

2002
Borneo Sporenburg Residential Waterfront in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, by Adriaan Geuze/West 8

2000
Favela-Bairro Project in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, by Jorge Mario Jáuregui Architects