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18 January 2022

The European Prize for Urban Public Space to be offered again this year

The new call for entries will open on 20 April

The eleventh European Prize for Urban Public Space (2022) will be offered again this year after the interruption in 2020 because of the COVID-19 pandemic. This year’s award will cover works carried out between 2018 and 2021.

In times like the present, when cities around the world are facing new challenges—climate-related, technological and social—the value of public space is perhaps more significant than ever before. Accordingly, the European Prize for Urban Public Space aims to recognise and make known a wide array of works creating, recovering, and improving public space in European cities.

An independent jury consisting of architects and urban thinkers from around the continent will choose from all the works presented 25 interventions that will be included in the Prize archive of public space projects. From these, five finalists and one winner will be selected, together with any special mentions that are deemed appropriate.

In this new call for entries, the CCCB is assisted by an Advisory Committee comprising several European institutions of considerable renown in the domain of architecture and urban culture.

This honorary Prize, which is awarded to both authors and promoters of works from the 47 member states comprising the European Council, gives the maximum possible exposure to the works that have been selected by means of a network of European associates and partners. Among the main objectives of the Prize—working together with experts and architectural, academic, and cultural institutions from all over the continent—are those of functioning as an observatory of European cities and becoming a space of reference for debate about the challenges of urban public space.

Over its 22 years of existence and 10 awards, 2,206 works have been presented for the Prize, with 19 winning projects and 35 special mentions. A selection of the best 357 works from all the awards may be found under the heading of “Works” on this website.

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