Announcing the active and sustainable transport initiatives that are up for a golden pineapple and will be presented live in front of an audience and the judging panel at The Pineapples awards for place, 12-16 July
The first shortlists have been announced for The Pineapples 2021 awards, including the projects vying for a golden pineapple for Sustainable Transport.
The Pineapples are only awards that celebrate the best in making places where people thrive, and are run in association with the Design Council. Launched in 2019 by The Developer, The Pineapples are unique in seeking to celebrate places where people want to live, work, play, shop or learn. Shortlisted projects are presented in front of a live audience and the judging panel. Winners are awarded a golden pineapple trophy; the fruit is a traditional symbol of welcome in UK architecture.
The Design Council has supported The Pineapples since their launch in 2018. This year, with Design Economy 2021, the Design Council is exploring design’s social and environmental impact, as well as its economic contribution, giving us the most comprehensive assessment to date on the state of design in the UK.
The Design Council said: “We are proud to sponsor the Festival of Place and the Pineapple Awards. Our experience and evidence shows that well-designed neighbourhoods can have a transformational impact on us all, improving health and well-being, enhancing the environment and stimulating the economy.”
Get your pass to attend The Pineapples and see 40+ exemplar projects presented by developers and architects as they vie for a golden pineapple for excellence in design, development and placemaking
In 2021, the categories for Place of the Year, Place in Progress, Future Place and International Place are joined by five new categories to celebrate excellence in five specific areas: Community Engagement, Creative Reuse, Public Space, Activation and Sustainable Transport. These five categories replace the former Contribution to Place category.
Shortlisted built projects are visited where possible by at least one judge, who assesses the quality of these places using methodology developed with the Design Council and shaped using the 12 principles of public space by the Gehl Institute.
The shortlisted projects will be presented in front of a live audience during the Festival of Place: The Pineapples, 12-16 July with the winners announced on the final day
Leeds City Council with Commonplace
The greatest success of this project has been the ability to adapt, change, and respond to the dynamic needs of the community during a time of immense national and international uncertainty. Connecting Leeds is ambitious, a long-term transport strategy, but with an ability to scale and adapt that makes it dynamic and responsive to change
Manchester City Council with BDP
This park pedestrianises roads and improves sightlines to encourage cycling and walking. Known locally as ‘Sponge Park’, it’s also the first UK demonstrator project for the GrowGreen initiative, funded by the European Union’s 2020 Horizon programme to evaluate how well it manages stormwater flows, improves air quality, increases biodiversity and contributes to community value
The Northbank BID
To tackle local pollution and exposure to pollution, The Northbank BID worked with both GLA and Westminster City Council to develop a Business Low Emission Neighbourhood (BLEN) and is re-planning deliveries and servicing, awareness raising campaigns, and promoting walking and cycling