The results of the 2014 European Prize for Urban Public Space have been announced. The prize organized by the Centre of Contemporary Culture of Barcelona (CCCB) rewards both the designers and the facilitators (such as councils or community groups) that have contributed to the best urban interventions of the year. The award is given for ingenuity and social impact, regardless of the scale of intervention, meaning that small, relatively unknown practices can rub shoulders with some of the best-known practices in Europe. See the 2 Joint Winners and 4 Special Mentions after the break Joint Winner: Masterplan for Marseille's Vieux Port / Foster + Parners Marseille has the largest urban harbor in Europe, but until recently it was inaccessible and uninviting. In 2009, the City Council and the Marseille Provence Métropole launched a competition to revitalize the port, resulting in the plan by Foster + Partners and Michel Desvigne. The design gives back the water's edge to pedestrians by restricting access to cars, and by moving other uses such as boating clubhouses onto floating docks. The plan also features a large rectangular shade to encourage informal gatherings and provide a focal point for events.
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