Judges and Judging

How the Judging Works: 

From May 7 – June 1, your entry will be featured online for public voting.  Anyone can register to vote once per day.

On June 4, several finalists will be announced.  Those projects will be submitted to our prestigious placemaking judges for the awarding of a grand prize and up to two runners-up.  The winners will be announced a week later.

All finalists and winners will be broadcast in statewide press outreach.

Criteria and Other Considerations:
Judges will give significant weight to the feasibility of a project in selecting the winners, as well as to submissions that show they have considered how to manage the project over time (if applicable).

Other criteria for the judges include:

  • Creativity and originality.  Do something we haven’t seen before!
  • Community engagement.  Have you talked to any relevant city departments?  The project’s neighbors?  Potential users?
  • Potential impact.  What could this project mean for the community?

Meet our Judges:


nb-headNate Berg

Staff Writer, The Atlantic Cities
Nate is a writer and journalist whose work has been published in a wide variety of publications, including The New York Times, National Public Radio, Wired, Metropolis, Fast Company, Dwell, Architect and many others. He is a staff writer at The Atlantic Cities. He lives in Los Angeles.


diana_lindDiana Lind

Editor in Chief, Next American City
Diana Lind is executive director and editor in chief of Next American City, a Philadelphia-based nonprofit media organization dedicated to connecting cities and informing the people who are working to improve them. After nine years of publishing a quarterly magazine about transportation, education, the economy, arts, culture and other aspects of urban policy, Next American City will begin publishing an online weekly magazine this spring. Next American City hosts events and conferences to network the next generation of urban leaders, and has just launched The Storefront for Urban Innovation in Brewerytown to bring exciting ideas for cities and international experts to Philadelphia. In addition to directing Next American City, Diana was a 2011 Van Alen Institute Fellow where she curated the Life at the Speed of Rail competition and the author of Brooklyn Modern: Architecture, Interiors & Design.


kathy_2007Kathleen Madden

Senior Vice President, Project for Public Spaces
Kathy is an environmental designer who has been at Project for Public Spaces since its inception in 1975. During this time, she has been involved in all aspects of the organization’s work and has directed over countless research and urban design projects along with training programs throughout the U.S and abroad. She also currently directs PPS’s Placemaking Education and Public Space Research and Publications programs.

Kathy has co-authored and written both books and articles, including the PPS best-selling publication How to Turn a Place Around, which has now been translated into Czech, Korean, Dutch and Japanese. She has lectured extensively and conducts, in conjunction with other PPS staff, PPS’s semi-annual training programs in New York. While at PPS she also taught for six years at the Pratt School of Architecture Graduate Program in Urban Design.

Prior to working at PPS, Kathy worked at the Institute for Architecture and Urban Studies and at the New York City Parks Department.

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