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October 30, 2004

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Urban excellence is always cause for celebration. And we'll talk about two prestigious awards for projects that make life in cities more livable.

The Rudy Bruner Award for Urban Excellence has honored projects as varied as Seattle's Pike Place Market, Philadelphia's Village of Arts and Humanities and the Camino Nuevo Charter Academy in Los Angeles. The Award is the brainchild of Simeon Bruner, founder of the Bruner Foundation. He, along with the program's director Emily Axelrod, are our guests on "Smart City."

Simeon has pioneered the adaptive re-use of historic 19th and early 20th century buildings and spearheaded some of the most dramatic and successful urban renovation projects in the country including, most recently, the new Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (MASS MoCA) in North Adams. He is a Founding Principal of Bruner/Cott & Associates in Cambridge, Mass.

Emily Axelrod is director of the Rudy Bruner Award for Urban Excellence, a program of the Bruner Foundation. Awards are given bi-annually and include a $50,000 prize for the Gold Medal winner and $10,000 each for four Silver Medal winners.

Elinor Bacon is winner of this year's Seaside Prize, awarded for excellence in urbanism. She was honored for her leadership of the Hope VI program that transformed public housing in America.

We'll find out what's being celebrated in our cities and why on "Smart City."

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