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Celebrating the designs that build our city.

ANNOUNCING THE 2015 PEOPLE’S CHOICE
WINNER AND 8 OTHER AWARDS!

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About the Awards

Begun in 2007, the Spokane Mayor's Urban Design Awards celebrate the importance of creative thought, technical proficiency, and the relationship of good urban design to our city’s economic health and overall well-being.

Design Principles We Look For

1

Community
Enhancement

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Good design greatly enhances public experience and community pride. It provides opportunities for social interaction and strengthens our community's self-image and identity.

2

Human Scale
& Richness

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A good urban place recognizes the complexity of people, appealing to the intellect, emotions, senses and spirit. Our experience of a place is enhanced by manipulating its features, such as using varied materials, creating differences in scale, and changes in light.

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Human Needs

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A well-designed place will considerand provide for all human needs, will offer a variety of choices for how to use the space, and will be convenient, comfortable, safe and accessible.

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Variety

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Variety of experience implies spaces with varied forms, colors, textures, lighting, uses and meaning. Designing for a variety of uses creates opportunities for people to interact and is particularly important for a healthy community.

5

Safety

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The physical arrangement of a place can greatly improve personal safety. Good places are designed to make users and visible rather than concealed.

6

Public &
Private Space

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A good place in Spokane will be designed to clearly delineate public, semi-public, and private spaces. A good design will consider its entire site to ensure its proper use and maintenance in the present and the future.

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Flexibility &
Adaptability

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Connectivity

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A good place will be able to accommodate a large range of uses, activities and purposes over the daily and weekly cycle, throughout seasonal patterns, and across its lifetime.

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Accessibility

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Good places in Spokane will be designed first for pedestrians, next for bicycles and alternative modes of transportation, and then for cars. The design should allow people to have a high number of transportation choices and access to them all.

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Placemaking

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Good public places are accessible to all members of our community. They take into consideration universal design principles as well as people from all walks of life.

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Comprehensible

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The result of good design is a strong sense of ‘place,’ nurturing people’s health, happiness, and sense of well-being by connecting to a deeper sense of meaning. Spaces become ‘places’ when people attach meaning and take ownership.

12

Environment &
Context

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A good place provides clear points of reference and allows people to construct a mental map so they know where and how to use the space so that people can easily understand it, interpret it and have meaning for its use.

13

Urban Greenscape &
Green Infrastructure

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A good design is sensitive to its setting whether natural or built. It is connected to its surroundings and will improve the quality of the environments of which it is a part.

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Sustainability

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The greenscape of the city is an integral part of the urban fabric. Spokane’s citizens value our urban forest, native habitats, natural landforms, nature space networks, and connecting corridors. A good design will protect and add to these features.

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Human Needs

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Urban sustainability includes not only energy use but also economic, social, cultural and ecological concerns. Good spaces in Spokane will contribute to the objective of wise and responsible use of natural resources.

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