Most cities with industrial pasts inherit problematic environmental futures. The Steel Yard’s cleanup is a showcase for regenerative design in a tough environment. Within industrial Providence, our project is a public intervention that upends commonly held notions of blighted neighborhoods and shows the potential for real, actively engaged – not simply ‘adaptive’—re-use. The Steel Yard’s landscape for learning embodies the non-profit’s mission through innovative (and necessarily inexpensive) brownfield remediation, stormwater filtration/reduction, purposeful design and placemaking.
The Rudy Bruner Award for Urban Excellence (RBA) awarded by the Bruner Foundation, is now accepting entries for its 2013 competition. RBA biannually celebrates urban places that are distinguished by quality design and their social and economic contributions to our nation’s cities. The 2013 program marks 25 years since the award was first bestowed. It has continuously served as a catalyst for its winners, advancing their work on both the local and national levels.