European Prize for Urban Public Space 2012

The European Prize for Urban Public Space is a biennial competition organized by six European institutions with the aim to recognize and encourage the recovery projects and defense of public space in our cities. The award, created in 2000, celebrates its seventh edition in 2012.


With ideas of equality, plurality and progress constituting part of its very foundations, the European city is today facing new challenges arising from its exponential growth and increasing social and cultural complexity. Some of society&8217;s main problems are radically expressed in the city&8217;s public spaces. Segregation, rampant construction, homogenisation and privatisation of urban space are some of the phenomena that are putting into jeopardy the ideal of the open, plural and democratic community that has always been so distinctive of the European city.

The European Prize for Urban Public Space is a biennial competition that aims to recognise and encourage the creation, recovery and improvement of public space in the understanding that the state of public space is a clear indicator of the civic and collective health of our cities.


The sponsoring institutions of the Seventh European Prize for Urban Public Space are the following:

  • Barcelona: Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona (Centre of Contemporary Culture of Barcelona – CCCB)
  • Frankfurt: Deutsches Architekturmuseum (DAM)
  • Helsinki: Museum of Finnish Architecture (MFA)
  • London: The Architecture Foundation (AF)
  • Paris: La Cité de l&8217;Architecture et du Patrimoine
  • Rotterdam: Nederlands Architectuurinstituut (NAI)
  • Vienna: Architekturzentrum Wien (Az W)

The Prize, which is honorific by nature, is awarded jointly to the authors and promoters of the projects chosen by the Jury. The prize-winners (of the Prize itself and Honourable Mentions) will receive a Diploma confirming the award. In addition, the winner of the Prize will receive a commemorative plaque which is to be installed in the prize-winning public space.

The prize-winning works, the finalists and a selection made by the Jury will be published in the European Archive of Urban Public Space, which brings together and makes available to the public the best projects that have been presented in the competition since its inception.


The Jury of the 2012 Prize will consist of the following members:

President: Josep Llinàs, who will be representing the Centre of Contemporary Culture of Barcelona

Jury members:

  • Ole Bouman, director of the Nederlands Architectuurinstituut (NAI)
  • Sarah Ichioka, director of The Architecture Foundation (AF)
  • Juulia Kauste, director of the Museum of Finnish Architecture (MFA)
  • Francis Rambert, director of La Cité de l&8217;Architecture et du Patrimoine
  • Peter Schmal, director of the Deutsches Architekturmuseum
  • Dietmar Steiner, director of the Architekturzentrum Wien (Az W)

Secretary: David Bravo i Bordas, representing the Centre of Contemporary Culture of Barcelona

The Jury will take into consideration only those interventions that comply with the conditions of participation and it is empowered to declare the competition null and void. Secretariat functions will be performed by the Centre of Contemporary Culture of Barcelona, which will designate the secretary who is to assist the jury and produce the minutes of the sessions during the selection process of the Prize winners.


  • 17 October 2011 – opening of the campaign of calling for entries for the Prize
  • 17 October 2011 – 19 January 2012 – period of registration
  • 5 March – 11 April 2012 – first part of the Jury&8217;s deliberations (on-line)
  • 19 and 20 April 2012 – Jury&8217;s working sessions at the CCCB
  • 29 June 2012 – prize-giving ceremony


Works that have created, recovered or improved public space within the geographic limits of the Council of Europe in the years 2010 and 2011 may present for the Prize. These entries must be presented by the authors or the institutions that have sponsored the public space project.

Given that some urban public space interventions are of very long duration, any project that has not been completely finalised in the time period of 2010-2011 may still present for the Prize if enough phases of the envisaged end result have been completed to enable evaluation of the eventual repercussions of the intervention as a whole within its urban setting.

Anyone wishing to present for the Prize must complete and submit, within the established time limit, all the documentation stipulated in the Rules.

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