The European Prize for Urban Public Space is a biennal competition that is presently organised by the Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona (CCCB), the Cité de l’Architecture et du Patrimoine (CAP, Paris), the Nederlands Architectuurinstituut (NAi, Rotterdam), the Architeckturzentrum Wien (Az W, Vienna), The Architecture Foundation (AF, London) and the Museum of Finnish Architecture (MFA, Helsinki) in order to recognise and ecourage activities aimed at recovering and creating spaces of cohesion in cities. The Prize, which was created in 1999, is awared both to the authors of the project and the promoter institutions as an incentive to investment by administrations in remodelling public spaces so as to improve the quality of urban life, from renovating a discrete crossroads zone through to trasnforming a set of collective spaces throughout a neighbourhood.
The jury is international in composition and consists of the directors of the institutions offering the Prize or well-known professionals in the field who represent them. It is an honorary prize that consists of the presentation of a plaque to be installed at the site of the prize-winning work. The presentation of the award closes the biennial period and once again highlights the importance of public space in the context in which the transformation has taken place. The winning works, the finalists and a selection of projects presented for the Prize are them included in the European Archive of Urban Public Space, wich is a collection of the best projects presented for the Prize since the first time it was awared in 2000.
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