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

The Veronica Rudge Green Prize recognizes exemplary urban design projects realized anywhere in the world within the past ten 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 Graduate School of Design. Nominations for the prize are received from the GSD’s extensive network of academics and urban design professionals.

For more information and to view online exhibitions about past recipients, please visit the Veronica Rudge Green Prize website.

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.

Read the full press release or visit the online exhibition.

Past Recipients

2017
High Line (New York City, New York)
Friends of the High Line
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2015
Madrid Río (Madrid, Spain)
Ginés Garrido of Burgos & Garrido with Porras La Casta, Rubio & Álvarez-Sala, and West 8
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2013
Metro do Porto (Porto, Portugal)
Eduardo Souto de Moura with the Metro do Porto
&
Northeastern Urban Integration Project (Medellín, Colombia)
City of Medellín with Alejandro Echeverri and Empresa de Desarrollo Urbano
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2010
Cheonggyecheon Restoration Project (Seoul, South Korea)
Seoul Metropolitan Government

2007
Olympic Sculpture Park (Seattle, Washington)
Weiss/Manfredi

2005
Rehabilitation of the Old City of Aleppo (Aleppo, Syria)
City of Aleppo

2002
Borneo Sporenburg Residential Waterfront (Amsterdam, Netherlands)
Adriaan Geuze/West 8

2000
Favela-Bairro Project (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
Jorge Mario Jáuregui

1998
Bilbao Metro (Bilbao, Spain)
Carré d'Art (Nîmes, France)
Foster + Partners

1996
Historic Center (Mexico City, Mexico)
Xochimilco District (Mexico City, Mexico)
Mexico City

1993
Hillside Terrace Complex (Tokyo, Japan)
Fumihiko Maki
&
Monte Carasso Master Plan (Monte Carasso, Switzerland)
Luigi Snozzi

1990
Urban Public Spaces (Barcelona, Spain)
City of Barcelona

1988
Byker Redevelopment (Newcastle, England)
Ralph Erskine
&
Malagueira Quarter Housing Project (Évora, Portugal)
Álvaro Siza Vieira