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European Prize for Urban Public Space 2014

The results of the eighth award of the European Prize for Urban Public Space have been made public following the prize-giving ceremony on 25 April at the Centre of Contemporary Culture of Barcelona. The Prize’s international jury, consisting of representatives from the six institutions that participate with the CCCB in organising the Prize, has decided on 25 finalists, amongst which it has awarded two ex aequo prizes and four Special Mentions.

Renovation of the old port
Marseille (France), 2013
The renovation of the Vieux-Port clears the docks of visual and architectural barriers, thus making the presence of leisure boats compatible with access and enjoyment of all citizens.

"The braided valley"
Elche (Spain), 2013
A network of interlaced paths and footbridges has transformed the bed of the Vinalopó River into a linear park that stitches together the neighbourhoods through which it passes, connecting them with natural spaces to the north of the city.

Opening of Rainham Marshes

London (United Kingdom), 2014
A peripheral area of surprisingly well conserved natural richness has been made accessible to Londoners so that they will discover it, learn to love it and protect it from the probable depredations of urban sprawl.

Islamic cemetery
Altach (Austria), 2012
The construction of a cemetery apt for Muslim rites meets the requirements of a very considerable minority, enabling many immigrants to bury their dead in the land where they have settled.

“Baana”: pedestrian and bicycle corridor
Helsinki (Finland), 2012
A deep railway canyon splitting the urban fabric is converted into a pedestrian and bicycle corridor in a resource-saving collaborative process that also respects the memory of an industrial past.

“La Lira” Theatre
Ripoll (Spain), 2012
A porch and a footbridge fill an empty space left when an old theatre was demolished, thus becoming a frame for the view of the mountains and a gateway giving access to the old town centre.

Multi-use High School Hall, Gammel Hellerup
Copenhagen (Denmark), 2013
The construction of a multi-use hall under the playground of the school in Gammel Hellerup, offers the whole neighbourhood a covered space for large-scale events and an open area for leisure activities.

Danish Maritime Museum
Helsingør (Denmark), 2013
A dry dock of the Kronborg Castle port, a neglected witness to the city’s industrial past, has now become a courtyard giving access and natural light to the new underground location of the Danish Maritime Museum.

«Schaustelle», Experimental Exhibition Space
Munich (Germany), 2013
While the Pinakothek der Moderne is closed for renovation, a temporary scaffolding of some twenty metres high explores new ways of exhibiting art, while also providing a venue for workshops, screenings and public functions.

“Connected City”
Rotterdam (The Netherlands), 2012
The introduction of wooden footbridges, plants and grassy parterres along the canals of the River Maas has transformed its banks, which were formerly residual spaces invaded by the private vehicle, into areas for meeting and recreation.

Market Porch in the Old City Centre
Ghent (Belgium), 2012
A public porch with a highly representative roof provides a venue for the weekly market and large-scale events, while also returning to the old city centre the dense, complex structure it had lost during the 20th century.

“Water Square”
Rotterdam (The Netherlands), 2013
A previously dreary, empty square now contains three large rainwater collection ponds which, when it is not raining, can be used as amphitheatres, basketball and volleyball courts, or concave skateboarding surfaces.

Refurbishment of the Place de la République
Paris (France), 2013
While the private vehicle is predominant in the main squares of Paris, the Place de la République now offers the greater part of its surface to pedestrians.

Pavilion in the Town Centre
Ginhac de la Nerta (France), 2013
The square in front of the Town Hall and a garden of Provençal plants are connected by means of an elongated pavilion with porches, games areas, public swimming pools, a theatre, a picnic area and an open-air cinema.

The New “Els Encants” Market
Barcelona (Spain), 2013
The famous but old and run-down flea market is moved underneath a lofty iconic porch without leaving its central location in the plaça de les Glòries.

Renovation of the Petra Zoranića Square
Zadar (Croatia), 2013
Structural panes of glass are embedded level with the pavement, thus combining the possibility of viewing medieval and Roman archaeological sites with the everyday uses of the square that covers them.

Recreational Areas on the Riverbank
Warsaw (Poland), 2013
Beaches, games areas, public swimming pools, sports fields and barbecue zones allow citizens to regain the right bank of the Vistula River which, for years, had been disused, inaccessible and used as a rubbish tip.

Renovation of the Baluard del Príncep
Palma (Spain), 2013
Demolition of three military buildings dating from the nineteen-sixties makes it possible to recover the previously inaccessible Baluard del Príncep (Prince’s Bastion) as an open public space with privileged views over the sea.

Public Swimming Pool in Verona Street
Bucharest (Romania), 2012
During the three days of a summer festival, a street usually occupied by cars becomes the site of a swimming pool made of hired pallets and waterproof canvas so that residents can enjoy contact with water.

Urban Restructuring of the Morii Canal
Reghin (Romania), 2012
The demolition of garages that occupied the banks of the Morii Canal and the subsequent introduction of quays and footbridges have given the Libertății neighbourhood its first green zone and recreational area.

“Cañada Plan”
Madrid (Spain), 2013
A series of collective interventions support a participative process which prevents the eviction of the 8,000 residents of a squatter settlement located along the Cañada Real natural livestock route.

“Social Housing, Sociable Space”
London (United Kingdom), 2012
The bench adjoining the foot of the wall of a new social-housing block in the Heygate Estate takes over from the low wall that had enclosed the premises as a meeting place for local residents.

Renovation of the Ribeira das Naus

Lisbon (Portugal), 2013
The rundown, residual and dangerous wharf on the site of an old naval shipyard has become a pedestrian promenade overlooking the Tagus River and very well connected with the centrally located Praça do Comércio.

“Occupy Gezi”
Istanbul (Turkey), 2013
The government plan to reconstruct some Ottoman military barracks in Taksim Square with a view to including a shopping centre led to mass protests which developed into a demand for more democracy.

Arbúcies (Spain), 2012
A group of children and adolescents organise to ask the Town Council for a skatepark, which they themselves have designed and constructed together.

The works will be shown at the CCCB from 25 April to 4 June in the Shared Cities exhibition.


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 expressed in its public spaces: segregation, rampant construction and deficiencies in guaranteeing the rights to housing and to the city are some of the phenomena that are putting into jeopardy the ideal of the open 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.


The sponsoring institutions of the Eighth European Prize for Urban Public Space are the following:

- Barcelona: Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona (CCCB)
- Frankfurt: Deutsches Architekturmuseum (DAM)
- Helsinki: Museum of Finnish Architecture (MFA)
- Ljubljana: Museum of Architecture and Design (MAO)
- London: The Architecture Foundation (AF)
- Paris: La Cité de l’Architecture et du Patrimoine (Cité)
- Vienna: Architekturzentrum Wien (Az W)

The Prize, which is honorific by nature, is awarded jointly to the authors and promoters of the projects chosen by the Jury. The prize-winners (of the Prize itself and Honourable Mentions) will receive a Diploma confirming the award. In addition, the winner of the Prize will receive a commemorative plaque which is to be installed in the prize-winning public space.
The prize-winning works, the finalists and a selection made by the Jury will be published in the European Archive of Urban Public Space, which brings together and makes available to the public the best projects that have been presented in the competition since its inception and will make part of travelling exhibition of the 2014 Prize.


The Jury of the 2014 Prize will consist of the following members:

Carme Ribas, who will be representing the Centre of Contemporary Culture of Barcelona (CCCB)

Jury members:
Matevž Čelik, director of the Museum of Architecture and Design (MAO) Sarah Ichioka, director of The Architecture Foundation (AF)
Juulia Kauste, director of the Museum of Finnish Architecture (MFA)
Francis Rambert, director of La Cité de l’Architecture et du Patrimoine (Cité)
Peter Cachola Schmal, director of the Deutsches Architekturmuseum (DAM)
Katharina Ritter, arquitecture curator of the Architekturzentrum Wien (Az W)

David Bravo i Bordas, representing the Centre of Contemporary Culture of Barcelona (CCCB)

The Jury will take into consideration only those interventions that comply with the conditions of participation and it is empowered to declare the competition null and void. Secretariat functions will be performed by the Centre of Contemporary Culture of Barcelona, which designates the secretary who is to assist the jury and produce the minutes of the sessions during the selection process of the Prize winners.


- 21 October 2013 – 23 January 2014 – period of registration

- by 30 January 2014 at 23.59h - completing the registration

- 3 and 4 April 2014 – Jury’s final working sessions at the CCCB

- 25 April 2014 – prize-giving ceremony at the CCCB


Works that have created, recovered or improved public space within the geographic limits of the Council of Europe in the years 2012 and 2013 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 2012-2013 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.


The criteria that will govern selection of the prize-winning projects from among those that are presented for the European Prize for Urban Public Space will not only be related with the quality of the work from a strictly architectural point of view since the jury will also consider other aspects in its evaluation of the effects of the urban transformation that has taken place in the specific setting and its impact on collective life:

- The explicitly urban nature of the intervention. The size of the city or town is not a limiting factor although priority will be given to medium-sized or large municipalities and those with a more general urban significance.
- The public ownership and/or clearly public-spirited vocation of the project.
- Appropriateness of interventions to the functions required of public space, from those directly linked with citizens’ occupation of a space, through to those pertaining to the collective imaginary.
- Capacity of the interventions to reduce social fractures within the city and eliminate physical and/or symbolic barriers in order to enhance quality of life for the inhabitants.
- Contribution of the projects in the domain of environmental improvement, in promoting public transport and innovation in the treatment of public installations, energy resources and urban waste.
- The degree of citizen participation and engagement in the conception, production and/or subsequent maintenance of the space. Degree of acceptance of the project by users.
- Transversal character of the planning concepts and/or objectives that have guided the project (sociology, demography, history, architecture, economy, engineering, landscaping, anthropology).


The documentation required from anyone who wishes to present for the Prize is:

- 3 rigid panels in DIN A3 format with graphic and textual information about the work.
- A description of the work, approximately 4,500 characters in length, written in English and including an account of the previous state of the site, the aim of the intervention, a description of the intervention, and a final assessment of the project.
- A minimum of 10 digital photographs and plans of the work.


The entry procedure for the Prize, which is free of charge, consists of two parts:

On-line registration

The participant must register on-line by filling in, first, the basic form regarding the project and contact person and, then, providing all the other necessary information (technical file for the project, 3 panels, descriptive account, information concerning author/s, promoter/s, and photographs), besides uploading individual pdf documents of each one of A3 panels, the photos and plans of the work.

The person entering for the Prize can continue to modify and complete the registration file as often as s/he wishes until the registration period closes. If registration file has not been closed by the participant during the registration period, it will be closed automatically on 30 January 2014 at 11.59 p.m.

If the person entering for the Prize is presenting more than one work, the on-line registration procedure must be followed for each work separately.

Detailed instructions regarding on-line registration may be found at http://www.publicspace.org/files/GUIAeng.pdf

Presentation of the physical material at the CCCB

The following documentation must be submitted to the CCCB:

. One printed and signed copy of the Rights Sheet (this may be found in the procedure for on-line registration) once the data have been duly completed.

. 3 numbered panels: these must be rigid (in foam board or similar material) in DIN A3 format and oblong orientation. They must contain the following information:

- Map (or photomap) showing the location of the work inside its urban context (to scale).
- A pair of photographs of the site before and after the intervention, preferably from the same vantage point.
- Photographs of the finished work, indicating the two that are considered to be most representative. Images showing citizen use of the new space will be positively valued.
- Textual explanations in English where deemed necessary.

The documentation must be submitted in a well protected packet through the post, delivered by messenger or in person at the CCCB before 31 January at 2 p.m. In the case of packages sent by post or messenger, the date of dispatch must be certified at the post office or by the messenger service, and the CCCB is to be notified of the dispatch of the package at publicspace@publicspace.org on the same day. The package should be sent to the CCCB general registry (open on non-holidays from Monday to Friday, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.), at the following address:

PUBLICSPACE 2014 / registration code
Registre General
Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona
Montalegre, 5
E-08001 Barcelona

The documents submitted for the Prize will not be returned to the participants, who will not receive any fees for rights of public communication or use of the material selected, and who will also bear the costs of any claim or outlay pertaining to rights of intellectual property that might arise from the reproduction or use by the organisers of the projects that are presented. Entering for the Prize requires conformity with all the conditions specified in these rules.



Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona
Montalegre, 5
E-08001 Barcelona
Tel.: +34.93.306.41.00