The Urban Land Institute has awarded Peter Walker with the J.C. Nichols Prize for Visionaries in Urban Development. Walker is the founder of PWP Landscape Architecture, a Berkeley-based firm that has designed such famous projects as the National September 11 Memorial, “Reflecting Absence;” Jamison Square Park in Portland; the Nasher Foundation Sculpture Garden in Dallas; the Sony Center in Berlin; Millennium Park in Sydney; and Constitution Gardens on the National Mall in Washington, D.C.
In a written statement acknowledging the award, Walker describes his work’s attention to the public life of cities: “The thread that runs through all of my work is to make public space memorable, to make it the heart of the city…You have to make people aware of the space so that it sticks in their memory, and it is important to the community. It’s not enough to just have open space. It has to have character and uniqueness.”
Walker will be honored during ULI’s annual fall meeting October 16-19 in Denver. Click here for a video of Walker describing his work.