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Perimeter Institute wins top Urban Design Award

The City of Waterloo has selected Perimeter Institute to receive its top Urban Design Award for 2012. This award is given to a project that demonstrates the "highest standard of urban design excellence as the best overall project in the city."

Perimeter Director Neil Turok and Chief Operating Officer Michael Duschenes received the award on behalf of the Institute during a presentation at a council meeting on June 18, 2012. The announcement was preceded by a reception and tours at Perimeter Institute.

Perimeter Institute building winning the Urban Design award
Perimeter Institute building

Perimeter's facility at 31 Caroline Street North, opened in 2004, was the recipient of the William G. Dailey Award of Excellence. This award honours Mr. William (Bill) G. Dailey, a former long-standing member of the City of Waterloo Site Plan Review Committee and former teacher at the University of Waterloo's School of Architecture.

The City of Waterloo decided to reinstate the Urban Design Award program, which had been popular prior to its discontinuation in 2000, with the 2012 awards covering projects approved and constructed between 2000 and 2010. The program recognizes industry leaders that have achieved the highest standard of design excellence based on the City's urban design objectives and through an Urban Design Jury review process.

In total, the City received 26 nominations for the 2012 awards and the jury selected eight winners for the various awards in the program. See the complete list of 2012 Urban Design Awards recipients.

About PI

Perimeter Institute is the world’s largest research hub devoted to theoretical physics. The independent Institute was founded in 1999 to foster breakthroughs in the fundamental understanding of our universe, from the smallest particles to the entire cosmos. Research at Perimeter is motivated by the understanding that fundamental science advances human knowledge and catalyzes innovation, and that today’s theoretical physics is tomorrow’s technology. Located in the Region of Waterloo, the not-for-profit Institute is a unique public-private endeavour, including the Governments of Ontario and Canada, that enables cutting-edge research, trains the next generation of scientific pioneers, and shares the power of physics through award-winning educational outreach and public engagement. 

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