European Prize for Urban Public Space

The European Prize for Urban Public Space is a biennial award established in 2000 to recognise public space projects.[1] It is organised by the Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona together with six other European institutions: The Architecture Foundation, Cité de l'Architecture et du Patrimoine, Architekturzentrum Wien, Netherlands Architecture Institute, German Architecture Museum and the Museum of Finnish Architecture.[2] The number of nominations for the prize increased from 81 projects in 2000 to 347 projects in 2012, while the number of countries participating increased form 14 in the first year to 36 in 2012.[3] Most entries have been received from Spain and only few from Central Europe.[2]

Sea organ, Zadar, Croatia (2006 winner)
Oslo Opera House, Norway (2010 winner)
Open-Air-Library, Magdeburg, Germany (2010 winner)
Dialogue Centre “Przełomy”, Szczecin (2016 winner)
Skanderbeg Square, Tirana (2018 winner)

List of award winnersEdit

Year Project Location
2000 Can Mulà new urban centre Mollet del Vallès, Spain
Smithfield Public Space Dublin, Ireland
2002 New park and riverside walks Zuera, Spain
Stadtteilpark Reudnitz Leipzig, Germany
2004 New system of lifts Teruel, Spain
Recovery of rubbish tip as a public park Begues, Spain
2006 A8ernA, space below the motorway A8 Zaanstad, Netherlands
Sea organ on a new marine parade Zadar, Croatia
2008 Barking Town Square London, United Kingdom
2010 Open-Air-Library Magdeburg, Germany
Oslo Opera House roof Oslo, Norway
2012 Ljubljanica river banks renovation Ljubljana, Slovenia
Landscaping of Turó de la Rovira Barcelona, Spain
2014 Renovation of the Old Port of Marseille Marseille, France
The braided valley park Elche, Spain
2016 Recovery of the Irrigation System at the Thermal Orchards Caldes de Montbui, Spain
Dialogue Centre “Przełomy” at Solidarność Square Szczecin, Poland
2018 Skanderbeg Square, renovation[4] Tirana, Albania


Further readingEdit

  • Magda Anglès (2010) In Favour of Public Space: Ten Years of the European Prize for Urban Public Space, Actar, ISBN 978-84-92861-38-5
  • Diane Grey (2015) Europe City: Lessons from the European Prize for Urban Public Space, Lars Müller

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