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Posted: May 3 2010, 11:27 PM

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Icing on the cake for something dear to HCJ's heart:

Chicago Tribune

By Blair Kamin
February 02, 2010

National Building Museum to honor Perkins+Will, along with Harry Connick, Jr. and Branford Marsalis

Washington, D.C.: If you could lead an industry, what would be the legacy of your influence? Perhaps it would be to empower generations of architects to practice socially-responsible design around the world.

If you could create a stronger community, where would you start? Maybe in your hometown, where a natural disaster eliminated nearly everything except the culture and tradition that truly united the neighborhood.

If you could build a better world, how would you begin? Perhaps by inspiring students to reinvent the world’s most ubiquitous structure to harness the sun’s power for renewable energy.

On May 11, 2010, the National Building Museum will hold its 24th Honor Award ceremony to recognize three organizations that have advanced the quality of our built environment through their unique civic and social innovations: architecture firm Perkins+Will; New Orleans Habitat Musicians’ Village founders Harry Connick, Jr., Branford Marsalis, Ann Marie Wilkins, and Jim Pate; and The U.S. Department of Energy’s Solar Decathlon.

Architecture and interdisciplinary design practice Perkins+Will will be celebrated for its legacy of socially-relevant design that has promoted human wellbeing over the course of the firm’s 75 year-history. Perkins+Will, one of the world’s largest design firms with 23 offices globally, has a remarkable portfolio of complex, high-performing institutional projects for civic, education, healthcare, government, and private-sector clients. Even though an international leader, the firm focuses on educating its professionals to design structures and built environments that harmonize locally—conserving resources and preserving local ecosystems, promoting the health of occupants, and unifying communities through design.

The founders of the New Orleans Habitat Musicians’ Village—Harry Connick, Jr., Branford Marsalis, Ann Marie Wilkins, and Jim Pate—will be honored for their creation of a multi-generational village to house musicians in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, thereby preserving and promoting the cultural traditions and practices that define New Orleans. The group’s leadership in restoring and revitalizing the Upper Ninth Ward has been a catalyst for additional community development in the neighborhood. The founders will be celebrated for their role in helping sustain local culture and inclusion of low-income populations that support a vibrant and successful city.

Link to full article at Branford's site
Posted: May 5 2010, 10:33 PM


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How awesome. It really is amazing what they did, when you think about it. They deserve to be honored.

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Posted: May 6 2010, 12:05 PM


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Congrats to Harry, Branford, Ann Marie, and Jim! This is a truly deserved award for organizing the construction of the Musicians' Village. 2thumbup.gif

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