Tuesday, October 10, 2006

Ayers/Saint/Gross Architects + Planners wins Design Award

Washington, DC, Ayers/Saint/Gross Architects + Planners have been recognized for their efforts designing the Master Plan for the City of Long Beach, as part of the Mississippi Renewal Forum, with a design award to be presented on Friday, October 20, 2006, at the 43rd Annual Design Awards and "Italian Renaissance" Beaux Arts Ball, sponsored by the Baltimore Chapter of the American Institute of Architects.

Architect Dhiru Thadani is on the cutting edge of town planning, "We are advocates for neighborhoods’ identity, convenience, services and entrepreneurship." The planning process uses New Urbanism principles to relate development, quality of life, and the natural environment in communities connected to academic institutions.

I had the pleasure of meeting Dhiru when I produced the Westminster Playground Mural, "Community" in the summer of 2002. Dhiru Thadani had redesigned the Westminster Neighborhood Playground, a small pocket park in the Shaw area of Washington, DC, which has changed the character of the neighborhood. The Playground won a Visions Award from the Commuittee of 100 on the Federal City for a pocket park revitalization in 2003. Now Dhiru's team is up for another award. Congratulations to all for the well deserved recognition.

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Washington, DC 20001

"Community" Mural at the Westminster Playground.

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