The European Prize for Urban Public Space 2012 | 7 EUROPEAN INSTITUTIONS
Deadline: 19 January, 2012
The European Prize for Urban Public Space is a biennial competition organized by six European institutions with the aim to recognize and encourage the recovery projects and defense of public space in our cities. The award, created in 2000, celebrates its seventh edition in 2012.
The European Prize for Urban Public Space welcomes the submission of major projects of creating and remodelling public spaces that have been completed in Europe between 2010 and 2011.
WHY PUBLIC SPACE?
With ideas of equality, plurality and progress constituting part of its very foundations, the European city is today facing new challenges arising from its exponential growth and increasing social and cultural complexity. Some of society’s main problems are radically expressed in the city’s public spaces. Segregation, rampant construction, homogenisation and privatisation of urban space are some of the phenomena that are putting into jeopardy the ideal of the open, plural and democratic community that has always been so distinctive of the European city.
The European Prize for Urban Public Space is a biennial competition that aims to recognise and encourage the creation, recovery and improvement of public space in the understanding that the state of public space is a clear indicator of the civic and collective health of our cities.
CALL FOR ENTRIES
The sponsoring institutions of the Seventh European Prize for Urban Public Space are the following:
- Barcelona: Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona (Centre of Contemporary Culture of Barcelona – CCCB)
- Frankfurt: Deutsches Architekturmuseum (DAM)
- Helsinki: Museum of Finnish Architecture (MFA)
- London: The Architecture Foundation (AF)
- Paris: La Cité de l’Architecture et du Patrimoine
- Rotterdam: Nederlands Architectuurinstituut (NAI)
- Vienna: Architekturzentrum Wien (Az W)
CONDITIONS OF PARTICIPATION
Works that have created, recovered or improved public space within the geographic limits of the Council of Europe in the years 2010 and 2011 may present for the Prize. These entries must be presented by the authors or the institutions that have sponsored the public space project.
Given that some urban public space interventions are of very long duration, any project that has not been completely finalised in the time period of 2010-2011 may still present for the Prize if enough phases of the envisaged end result have been completed to enable evaluation of the eventual repercussions of the intervention as a whole within its urban setting.
Anyone wishing to present for the Prize must complete and submit, within the established time limit, all the documentation stipulated in the Rules.