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25 April 2014

Results of the Eighth Award of the European Prize for Urban Public Space



The results of the 2014 Prize, which will be shown in the exhibition “Shared Cities” in the Main Hall of the CCCB, have been made public.

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.

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