Seaside Prize Events Celebrate New Urbanism


The annual Seaside Prize ceremony is quickly approaching, meaning three days of exciting discussions by some of the world’s leaders in urban design followed with a grand celebration of this year’s prize winners.

This year’s Seaside Prize and Housing Symposium will run from February 20-22, 2015, and will include a presentation by prize recipients Todd Zimmerman and Laurie Volk on ‘Neighborhood Challenges for a Re-Urbanizing Nation.’

The Seaside Prize is awarded annually by The Seaside Institute to individuals or organizations that have made significant contributions to the quality and character of their communities and are considered the leaders of contemporary urban development and education.

Leading New Urbanism practitioners recognize Zimmerman and Volk as the go-to experts in their field, especially for analyzing the market feasibility of urban redevelopment.

“Todd and Laurie’s impact on the success of New Urbanism has been enormous,” said Frank Starkey, chairman of the board of the Seaside Institute. “They have played a major role in getting new urban developments built and traditional downtowns revitalized by reinventing real estate market research and unlocking a method for understanding — and proving — the market viability of urbanism.”

Laurie Volk and Todd Zimmerman
Laurie Volk and Todd Zimmerman

Seaside Prize Symposium Schedule

Feb. 20, 7 – 9 p.m.

— ‘The Demographic and Lifestyle Foundation for a Re-Urbanizing Nation.’

— Led by Laurie Volk and Todd Zimmerman, Co-Managing Directors, Zimmerman/Volk Associates

— Presentation followed by reception at Bud & Alley’s Pizza Bar, cash bar.

Tickets: $30 (sessions only); $60 (sessions plus reception)

Feb 21, 9 a.m. – Noon

— ‘Making, Re-Making and Sustaining Affordable Neighborhoods’

— Panel discussion led by Laurie Volk. Presenters: Jan Brodie, Ray Gindroz, Daniel Hernandez, Jacky Grimshaw and Shelley Poticha (Lunch on your own)

Tickets: $30

1:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

— ’21st Century Housing for 21st Century Households.’

— Panel discussion led by Todd Zimmerman. Presenters: Walter Chatham, Alex Gorlin, Carson Looney and Dhiru Thadani

Tickets: $45

7 p.m. – 10 p.m.

— Seaside Prize Ceremony and Dinner.

— Held in Seaside’s Assembly Hall and honoring Laurie Volk and Todd Zimmerman.

Tickets: $90

Feb 22, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Rosemary Beach tour with round-trip shuttle from Seaside

— This tour will be led by leaders of New Urbanism who have been closely involved with the development of Rosemary Beach. The tour will be followed by lunch in Rosemary Beach.

Tickets: $75

A limited number of special-rate accommodations in the Academic Village are available for that weekend. You can also buy an all-inclusive package at a special discounted price of $250. Click here to buy tickets.

For more info on registration, accommodations and a full schedule of events, please visit The Seaside Institute.


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