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2 June 2022

First data of the European Prize for Urban Public Space 2022

328 submitted works from 35 countries

The 2022 European Prize for Urban Public Space has closed its call for entries with 328 inscriptions, many more than in the last two awards of 2018 and 2016, for which 279 and 276 works were presented, respectively. Now, as the members of the international jury are considering the works presented this year to select the 25 long-listed works to be exhibited and the five finalists for the prize, which will be announced on 18 July, we offer some interesting data about what we know so far about this year’s award.

  • Numbers: There are 49 more works presented for this year’s award than in the last one, an increase of almost 18% (or 17.56%, to be exact).

  • More countries represented in the Prize: this year there are public space projects from 35 European countries. In 2018 there were 32 and, in 2016, 33. This year Russia has been excluded in accordance with the rules owing to its withdrawal from the Council of Europe

  • First times: This year works have been presented from Armenia, for the first time in the history of the Prize.  

  • Renewed presence: Cyprus, Iceland, Georgia, and Latvia are once again present at the Prize. No works from any of these countries were entered works for the 2018 award 

  • Most entries: The five countries with most entries this year are Spain, Poland, Italy, Portugal, and France. In the last two awards, Poland was not among the top five countries in terms of number of entries.

  • The biggest leap: Finland, with no entries in the last award, has eight public space projects for this year’s award.

  • Ukraine: To our surprise, we have received one entry of public space projects in Ukraine, despite the war which began in February at the same time this year’s Prize was first announced. In the last award in 2018 seven works from Ukraine were presented and, in 2016, there were 12 projects from Ukraine.

 

Next steps: now that the call for entries has closed and the team has validated this year’s entries, the jury members will work individually to choose the works they will recommend as candidates for the Prize. In the month of June, the jury members will meet on several occasions to decide the 25 long-listed works and the five finalists.

 

In 18 July, these works will be announced to the public and, in November 2022, the winning projects in the 2022 European Prize for Urban Public Space will be announced at a prize-giving ceremony which is to be held at the CCCB and will be open to the public.