​European Prize for Urban Spaces announces call for entries

The biennial award recognises the creation, recovery, and improvement of public spaces across Europe.

Joint winner of 2014 European Prize for Urban Spaces: Redevelopment of the Old Port in Marseille by Michel Desvigne Paysagiste MDP, Foster + Partners, TANGRAM, INGEROP, AIK AIK / Photo: fosterandpartners.com

The European Prize for Urban Spaces has issued a call for entries. The competition celebrates the best practice in public space development and upholds an open, compact city of universal access and promotes mixed uses, sustainability, and the harmonious coexistence of citizens. The award also advocates preserving the historical memory of places and favoring the participation of citizens in the design of shared spaces.

Online registration opens January 15, 2018 and must be completed by February 21.

Authors and promoters can present projects that were carried out in 2016 and 2017 throughout the 47 member states of the Council of Europe, which includes Russia and Turkey. Projects that were not totally finalized in 2016 and 2017 can still be presented for the Prize if they are ready enough to be assessed for their urban impact.

The tenth awarding of the Prize is being organized by the Center of Contemporary Culture of Barcelona together with six other European institutions, among them the German Museum of Architecture, the Vienna Center of Architecture, and the London-based Architecture Foundation.

The Prize gives priority to architecture with a social vocation. So apart from the architectural value of the works, the jury will take into account other aspects that help evaluate their social impact on communities, for instance the capacity to diminish segregation and social and cultural inequalities, and citizen participation and involvement in the conception, planning, production, and eventual maintenance of the space.

Attention will also be paid to the effect of the project on the outskirts of the city or town and its capacity for encouraging a harmonious relationship with the peripheral areas and adjoining natural settings.

The European Prize for Urban Spaces was established in 2000 on the initiative of the Centre of Contemporary Culture of Barcelona (CCCB) and is aimed at recognizing and fostering the public character of urban spaces and their capacity for fostering social cohesion. In 2016, 274 projects from 33 European countries took part in the competition.

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