Jeramey Jannene
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2022 Mayor’s Design Awards Announced

25 projects cover entire city, range from big to small.

By - May 12th, 2022 03:21 pm
2022 Mayor's Design Awards winners. Photo by Jeramey Jannene.

2022 Mayor’s Design Awards winners. Photo by Jeramey Jannene.

A Milwaukee tradition now spanning three mayors is in its 25th year. The winners of the annual Mayor’s Design Awards were announced Thursday by Mayor Cavalier Johnson and the Department of City Development.

“For 25 years, Milwaukee has witnessed tremendous growth and activity. New buildings, outdoor spaces, attractions, and landscaping add to the fabric of our neighborhoods,” said Johnson in a statement announcing the winners. “These awards celebrate the innovative efforts that make our city a great place to live, work, and have fun. I am excited to recognize these deserving projects that showcase the power of urban design to build stronger communities and move Milwaukee forward.”

The awards range from small, public art installations to new buildings like a northwest side high school and Bay View condominiums. At least one project in all 15 aldermanic districts was recognized.

An in-person ceremony, the first in two years, will be held May 18 at the UW-Milwaukee School of Architecture and Urban Planning.

The awards program began under Mayor John Norquist and was continued by Tom Barrett. The 2022 awards are the first under Johnson.

Reflecting the always evolving nature of the awards, winners were named in four categories: Spaces and Places, Test of Time, Neighborhood Renaissance and Vibrant Corridors. Missing from last year are the categories of Small Gems and Filled In.

Spaces and Places

The following projects have found unique opportunities to contribute to the character of their neighborhoods and have made their streets and public spaces more attractive and inviting by engaging the public, enhancing public infrastructure, and creating meaningful community spaces for all to enjoy.

Test of Time

The following projects have added value to the city by restoring or reusing their properties in a way that preserves and enhances the character of their neighborhoods and reinforces the traditional neighborhood fabric. These projects will help to preserve the city’s built environment and architectural legacy for future generations.

Neighborhood Renaissance

The following projects have added value to the city by providing new or improved options for neighborhood housing, or by adding or improving cultural, educational, or other community amenities that strengthen neighborhoods and enhance the quality of life for residents.

Vibrant Corridors

The following projects are revitalizing the city’s commercial corridors by constructing or restoring their properties in a pedestrian-friendly way that activates the public realm, adds new housing or employment opportunities, and adds to the vibrancy and diversity of our commercial districts.

Note: The design awards announcement did not include the designers. Where possible Urban Milwaukee has included the designer or design firm from past reporting or permit records.

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