World Sense-of-Place Awards
The World Sense-of-Place Awards (hereinafter also known as “SoPlace Awards”) was created to identify extraordinary individuals and organisations who contributed in mainstreaming sense-of-place in the global urban age. It is a celebration of important and influential initiatives implemented by individuals and organisations across the globe. The SoPlace Awards aims to pay tribute to the most original, innovative, and rigorous initiatives on the most pressing challenges facing the sense-of-place in today’s world.
The SoPlace Awards supports, promotes and develops the global sense-of-place fraternity by identifying and rewarding excellence and inspiring its leaders, practitioners, and stakeholders to continually raise new standards of global initiatives and breakthrough ideas. SoPlace Awards is the highest accolade for sense-of-place, the awards is hailed as, the ‘Oscars of the Sense-of-Place’ for identifying and rewarding excellence, distinction, innovation, and leadership.
The SoPlace Awards aims to be as inclusive as possible for the sense-of-place fraternities, to showcase not just initiatives that have come to fruition but also replicable ideas, concepts, plans, and the people behind the process of planning. SoPlace Awards will highlight all aspects of mainstreaming sense-of-place including the best practice that each and every soplacers has at the core of their work. But to truly capture what makes an initiative impactful, the SoPlace Awards Secretariat honed in on the most significant sense-of-place issues facing the global community. Understanding these global issues will allow the Secretariat through the Nomination Research Unit to clearly identify the scope of innovative solutions being implemented, and then understand their impact towards mainstreaming sense-of-place locally and globally — successful and effective.
The founding purpose of the SoPlace Awards is to conserve and promote sense-of-place for mainstream impact. In order to ensure the mission of advancing meaningful sense-of-place, and to exalt the reputation of the global sense-of-place fraternities, the process by which the Board of Judges are chosen and rules governing the selection of recipient of awards (SoPlace Laureates) must assure complete objectivity through the elimination of unfair bias and conflict of interests. SoPlace Laureates must demonstrate to our Board of Judges that they are at the forefront of the sense-of-place implementation and engagement. SoPlace Laureates gain valuable publicity and exposure to their peers globally.