• Seaside Institute 168 Smolian Circle Seaside, FL 32459

The Seaside Institute presents the SEASIDE PRIZE weekend.


5:00 pm - The Future of Seaside Keynote Presentation by Robert Davis - Seaside Institute
5:45 pm - Social Gathering and Dinner - Seaside Academic Village Courtyard
7:00 pm - Artist Debate led by Andrés Duany - Seaside Academic Village Courtyard


8:45 am - New Urbanism Lectures - Seaside Institute
12:00 pm - Own Your Own
5:00 pm - Seaside Prize Ceremony - The Chapel at Seaside
6:45 pm - Celebration Dinner - Seaside Assembly Hall


8:30 am - Alys Beach, Rosemary Beach, and Seaside Walking Study Tours
12:00 pm - Lunch - Bud and Alley’s Pizza Bar
5:00 pm - Jamie Zimchek Art Exhibit, Social Gathering, and Dinner - Seaside Institute
5:45 pm - Art and The New Urbanism Urbanism Lecture by Andrés Duany - Seaside Institute

The Seaside Institute awards the Seaside Prize each year to individuals or organizations who have made significant contributions to the quality and character of our communities. The recipients of the Prize have a major influence on how our towns and cities can best be built and re-built to reflect and promote walkability, diversity, beauty, and sustainability. Seaside Prize fellows are leaders of contemporary urban design, planning, development and education.
The Institute is proud to announce the 2017 recipients of the Seaside Prize. Michael Lydon and Anthony Garcia, co-authors of “Tactical Urbanism,” and co-principals at Street Plans Collaborative are the 2017 Seaside Fellows.

Tony Garcia is an architect, writer, speaker, and advocate focusing on transit, pedestrian, and bicycle infrastructure and a faculty member at the University of Miami School of Architecture. He has a bachelor’s degree in architecture and urban design from New York University and a master’s degree in architecture from the University of Miami.

Planner, speaker, writer, and advocate Mike Lydon contributed heavily to the Miami 21 project, winner of the American Planning Association National Planning Excellence Award. After starting his career at DPZ, Mike worked at Smart Growth Vermont, the Massachusetts Bicycle Coalition, and the Ann Arbor GetDowntown Program. He co-authored “The Smart Growth Manual” with Andrés Duany - the noted American architect, urban planner, and a founder of the Congress for the New Urbanism - and Jeff Speck. Mike has a bachelor’s degree in American cultural studies from Bates College and a master’s degree in urban planning from the University of Michigan.

Tactical Urbanism is a collection of low-cost, temporary changes to the built environment, usually in cities, intended to improve local neighborhoods and city gathering places. “The brilliance of Tactical Urbanism,” says Duany, “is that it is an agile response to the reduced circumstances of the 21st Century, and that it has turned the opposition, private and public, into a motive. The frustrated and frustrating process of public participation begins skeptically and tentatively, and then picks up as confidence is re-established with tactical urbanist demonstrations.”

“Tactical Urbanism is pure American know-how. It is the common sense that housed, fed, and made prosperous an entire continent of penniless immigrants,” Andrés says. “Mike and Tony lead the next generation of new urbanists. They are the next intellectual generation. They understand the limits of the 21st Century and confront them with audacity and creativity."

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