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51N4E wins 2018 European Prize for Urban Public Space

12:00 - 3 July, 2018
51N4E wins 2018 European Prize for Urban Public Space, Courtesy of 51N4E
Courtesy of 51N4E

Brussels-based architecture firm 51N4E have won first prize for their Skanderbeg Square project in Tirana, Albania. The European Prize for Urban Public Space is a biennale competition that promotes creating, restoring, and improving public spaces within European cities, and have chosen this year’s winners for their impressive transformation of the city’s central square.

51N4E’s restructuring and renovation of the Skanderbeg Square is a result of winning an international architecture competition back in 2008. After the project was paused in 2010 for administrative changes, and resumed in 2015, the end result is a series of urban interventions, “inviting public and semi-public neighboring functions to spread into the exterior space”.

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Winners of the European Prize for Urban Public Space 2016 Announced

14:00 - 5 July, 2016
Winners of the European Prize for Urban Public Space 2016 Announced

From a list of 25 finalists released in May, the Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona (CCCB) has announced the winners of the 2016 European Prize for Urban Public Space. Awarded since 2000 to recognize “transformations and improvements in the public spaces of Europe,” this year’s prize names two joint winners along with four special mentions. All 25 finalists will have their work featured in an exhibition that will tour Europe over the next two years, and also will be published in an online archive that features past finalists.

Continue after the break for images and descriptions of the winning projects.

The European Prize for Urban Public Space Names 25 Finalists for 2016

14:00 - 25 May, 2016
Courtesy of European Prize for Urban Public Space
Courtesy of European Prize for Urban Public Space

The Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona (CCCB) has announced the finalists for the 2016 European Prize for Urban Public Space. An international jury of architects, critics, and directors of museums and institutions from across the continent selected 25 projects from 276 entries representing 33 countries. According to the organization, "[the shortlisted projects recognize] the creation, recovery, and improvement of public spaces, as clear indicators of the democratic health of our cities.” All finalists will have their work featured in an exhibition that will tour Europe over the next two years, and also will be published in an online archive that features past finalists. The 2016 winner of the award will be announced at the CCCB on July 4.

Call for Entries: European Prize for Urban Public Space

12:00 - 26 December, 2015
Call for Entries: European Prize for Urban Public Space, Courtesy of the Center of Contemporary Culture of Barcelona (CCCB)
Courtesy of the Center of Contemporary Culture of Barcelona (CCCB)

The Ninth European Prize for Urban Public Space (2016) has officially issued a call for entries. The biennial honorary award “has been offered since 2000 in order to recognize, encourage, and publicize examples of good practice in the ways in which the public spaces of European cities respond to the many challenges they presently face.”

The Prize seeks interventions that recover or improve the democratic quality of urban spaces that are endangered by “segregation, inequalities, unchecked urban construction, unsustainable squandering, and serious shortfalls in making effective the right to the city.”