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European Prize for Urban Public Space

The Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona (CCCB) announces the 9th European Prize for Urban Public Space, a biennial honorary competition created in 2000 to acknowledge the creation, recovery and improvement of public spaces, considering their conditions to be a clear indicator of the democratic health of our cities. The 2016 Prize is looking for the best interventions in public space carried out in European cities in the course of 2014 and 2015.

The European Prize for Urban Public Space is an initiative of the Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona (CCCB), jointly organized with the Architecture Foundation (London), the Architekturzentrum Wien (Vienna), the Institut français d'architecture / Cité de l'architecture et du patrimoine (Paris), the Museum of Finnish Architecture (Helsinki), the Deutsches Architekturmuseum (Frankfurt), and the Museum of Architecture and Design (Ljubljana).

The Prize highlights the relational and civic nature of the typically urban European space, differing from other initiatives that centre on the figure of the architect and prizes awarded to landscape. It is the only European prize that addresses the concept of urban public space and champions a model of a public, open, universal, compact city that fosters mixed uses and community spirit. The Prize is characterized by its clearly European vocation. It preserves local regional particularities and highlights common features of urban development interventions the length and breadth of Europe in an attempt to promote and publicise a specific European identity in the field of architecture.

It aims primarily to showcase interventions in public space - large and small - that aspire to improve citizens' living conditions, prioritizing initiatives and projects of a social nature over interventions with an emphasis on the aesthetic or the spectacular. It is awarded jointly to the designer and to the developer responsible for authorizing construction and guaranteeing financing.

Entries may be submitted until 22 February 2016. Conditions of entry and all the information about participation in the Prize are available for consultation at www.publicspace.org

For further information, please contact the CCCB press department at publicspace@cccb.org