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10 awards: cities and voices

The European Prize for Urban Public Space, which was inaugurated in 2000, is now being awarded for the tenth time. Over the years of its existence, it has become an observatory of the reconquest of public spaces by European cities. Moreover, this presentation of public space projects comes together with a number of influential voices which, from fields including geography, sociology, anthropology, literature, philosophy and architecture, inquire into and discuss the nature of public space, its potential and the dangers it faces. In this section you will find a selection of cities in Europe which are taking the lead in recovering public space, in addition to the voices that have spoken for and about it in the years since the Prize was first offered.
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    Voice: Saskia Sassen

    “Public space is a place in which there is a momentary condition of equality”

    The Dutch-American sociologist speaks about the social expulsions of the system and says that the street should be taken over by pedestrians: deritualising the public space of mega-cities in the face of their increasing overdetermination.
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    City: Zadar

    The sea organ situated in the new marine parade of the Zadar peninsula succeeded in revitalizing an area that, although its natural beauty and privileged sunset, had been forgotten and unvisited by either city habitants and tourists.
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    Voice: Raquel Rolnik

    “Public space should be seen in in its dual symbolic and material dimensions as a common good belonging to citizens.”

    The Professor of Urban Planning of the University of São Paulo, Raquel Rolnik warns of the dangers of losing public space in cities governed by the logic of privatisation.
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    City: Kiev

    Kiev is an example among those cities which, over the past few decades, have joined the movement in Europe for recovering public spaces. To be highlighted particular is the "Heavenly Hundred" Garden, special mention of the 2016 Award.
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    City: Leipzig

    Leipzig is an example among those cities which, over the past few decades, have joined the movement in Europe for recovering public spaces. To be highlighted particular is the Reunditz district Park, joint winner of the second Award.
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    City: Krakow

    Krakow is an example among those cities which, over the past few decades, have joined the movement in Europe for recovering public spaces. To be highlighted particular is the Ghetto Heroes Square, special mention of the 2006 award.
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    Voice: David Harvey

    “I like the idea of an urban common which is a political concept which says that this space is open for all kind of people”

    Geographer David Harvey talks about public space, common ownership and his view of the n
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    Voice: Judith Butler

    “Public space is shrinking, being sold, or being monitored”

    Judith Butler is one of the eminent people who have come to the CCCB to share her valuable thoughts on public space.
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    City: London

    London is an example among those cities which, over the past few decades, have joined the movement in Europe for recovering public spaces. To be highlighted particular is the Barking Town Square,winner of the 2008 award.
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    Voice: Iain Sinclair

    “The Car is an Antiquated Form; It Belongs to the Twentieth Century”

    The writer and film director Iain Sinclair is one of the eminent people who have come to the CCCB to share his valuable thoughts on public space.
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