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    AIA/HUD Secretary Awards

    by ArchitectureWeek

    Where a failed urban housing project once stood, enclosed and separated from its surrounding neighborhood in San Francisco's Mission District, the mixed-use Valencia Gardens development now supports an integrated neighborhood designed to promote safety through activity.

    Architect Van Meter Williams Pollack LLP, with associate architect Martinez Architects, Inc., lined the sidewalk with building entries and reintroduced vehicular streets into the site, connecting it with the urban fabric.

    The project received the Creating Community Connection Award in the 2008 AIA/HUD Secretary Awards for housing and community design.

    Sponsored by the AIA Housing and Custom Residential Knowledge Community in conjunction with the Office of the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), the annual awards program recognizes projects that demonstrate the revitalizing potential of mixed-use and mixed-income housing developments. In addition to the award for neighborhood design, AIA and HUD recognize excellence in participatory design, accessibility, and affordable housing.

    Mixed Uses, Clear Design

    Valencia Gardens is a $50 million, 300,000-square-foot (28,000-square-meter) project located on a five-acre (two-hectare) site.   >>>

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    Valencia Gardens in San Francisco was honored for neighborhood design in the AIA/HUD Secretary Awards for 2008.
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    Housing units and community facilities are organized around new public streets at Valencia Gardens.
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