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Miami mayor receives architectural award

on Tuesday,February 10,2009 21:02

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In recognition of his efforts to redevelop Miami in accordance with the latest design and architectural trends, the city''s mayor has been awarded a prestigious architectural accolade.

Mayor Manuel A. Diaz received the 2009 Keystone Award from he American Architectural Foundation (AAF) for Miami 21, a project launched three years ago to incorporate the latest in urban design and sustainable development principles in parks and public places, transportation, historic preservation, as well as arts and culture.

During his tenure Diaz was instrumental in creating the city''s first Office of Sustainable Initiatives, retrofitting City Hall with solar panels, and launching a plan to enhance and restore the city''s tree canopy.

"Mayor Diaz is revolutionizing downtown Miami through design. Through public art, multi-family housing, transit, mixed-use developments, and preservation of Miami''s historic neighborhood fabric, he is constantly utilizing design to shape a more sustainable future," says Sandy Diehl, chair of the AAF Board of Regents.

The mayor, who is a member of the National Advisory Council of the Mayors'' Institute on City Design, was honored at the 20th Annual Accent on Architecture Gala in Washington, D.C. on February 6.

The Keystone Award is presented annually by AAF to an organization or individual outside of the architectural profession for their leadership in demonstrating the power of architecture and design to improve lives and transform communities.

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