Pearl joins Japanese 'smart city' on list of world's most prestigious developments

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SAN ANTONIO – On Tuesday, San Antonio's Pearl was selected as one of 13 winners of the Urban Land Institute's 2017-2018 Global Awards for Excellence.

The award is presented to developments with innovative approaches to design and development. 

The Pearl joins 12 other award winning projects in the U.S., Canada, Europe and Asia including a hotel/office space in Singapore with "sky gardens" and vertical greenery and a "smart city" in Japan

Azkuna Zentroa, Bilbao, Bizkaia, Basque Country, Spain
Buffalo Bayou Park, Houston, Texas, United States
Chicago Riverwalk, Chicago, Illinois, United States
Downtown Allentown Revitalization District, Allentown, Pennsylvania, United States
Emeryville Center of Community Life, Emeryville, California, United States
Half Moon Village, Half Moon Bay, California, United States
Kashiwa-no-ha Smart City, Kashiwa City, Chiba Prefecture, Japan
Marine Gateway, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Milwaukee RiverWalk, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States
Oasia Hotel Downtown, Singapore, Singapore
Pearl, San Antonio, Texas, United States
University Center-The New School, New York, New York, United States
West Don Lands, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

ULI's Global Awards for Excellence is considered among the most prestigious land use award programs.

The Peal is a project 15 years in the making, featuring the Culinary Institute of America of San Antonio, 19 restaurants, 14 retailers, Hotel Emma, Can Plant apartments and Cellars luxury apartments. 

During the summer of 2017, the Pearl also opened the Bottling Department Food Hall.

“We’re thrilled Pearl is being celebrated as one of the nation and world’s most thoughtful development spaces alongside many other notable urban developments,” Pearl chief marketing officer Elizabeth Fauerso said. “Over the last decade, Pearl’s vision has always been about revitalizing a neighborhood and growing into a communal gathering space."