Applications for the European Prize for Urban Public Space 2014 are open until 23 January 2014
Cities can apply for the European Prize for Urban Public Space 2014 until 23 January 2014. The prize recognises the creation, recuperation or regeneration of urban public spaces, with a particular focus on citizen engagement and participation.
This will be the eighth edition of the biennial prize, which began in 2000. Previous winners have included EUROCITIES members Leipzig, for its new city park built on the site of a former railway station (2002); and Ljubljana for the renovation of its riverbanks for public use (2012).
Any urban public space within the geographic limits of the Council of Europe that has been created, recuperated or regenerated in 2012 or 2013 is eligible for the award. This includes spaces that are not completed, but in this case they must have reached a level of completion sufficient enough to evaluate their eventual impact.
The criteria include a specific focus on citizens. The jury will look for spaces that improve quality of life for citizens, especially those that are designed to improve social cohesion. They will also favour projects with strong citizen participation and acceptance. Other considerations will be environmental concerns, such as the promotion of public transport. Priority will be given spaces in medium-sized or large municipalities, although public spaces in any town or city are eligible for the award.
The award will include a plaque to be placed in the winning space. A number of special mentions will also be awarded, and the best projects will be published in an archive of good practice and will form part of a travelling exhibition in 2014.
The winner will be revealed at a ceremony on 25 April 2014. To find out more, and to apply, visit: www.publicspace.org/en/prize/rules/2014