Bucharest (Romania), 2012
In the three days of a summer festival, a street normally occupied by cars becomes home to a swimming pool made from rented pallets and waterproof canvas so that residents can enjoy having contact with water.
Palma (Spain), 2013
The demolition of three military buildings constructed in the 1960s made it possible to recover the previously inaccessible Baluard del Príncep (Prince’s Bastion) as an open public space with privileged views over the sea.
Warsaw (Poland), 2013
A footpath and three beaches equipped with games areas, public baths, sports fields and barbecue zones have enabled citizens to reclaim the right bank of the Vistula River, which had been neglected, inaccessible and used as a rubbish dump for years.
After the issuing of the verdict by the International Jury, the 25 finalist works of the 2016 Prize are now available for consultation on this website. Among the 25 finalists there are the winners and spetial mentions, that will not be revealed until the award-giving ceremony to be hold the following 4 July at the CCCB.
The retrospective exhibition of the Prize, “Polis: 7 lessons of European Prize for Urban Public Space (2000- 2014)”, opened its doors to the public of Saint Petersburg. The exhibition will take place at The New Stage until 29 May of 2016.
"After the fall of communism, we were first busy destroying hated monuments and spontaneously building the foundations of businesses; it was only later that we took up debates on quality, accessibility, innovation and the philosophy of space."
Building bigger roads increases the number of users and makes traffic worse. Pricing out the use of car in rush hours, and replacing the space dedicated to cars and roads with rivers, parklands and smaller roads does not provoke congestion and improves the environment and livability of cities.
100 years after her birth, Sassen reflects on how Jane Jacobs “changed the way we looked at cities”. Jacobs focused her analysis and activism on the subaltern and sub-economies that, in spite of being ignored and endangered, are intrinsic to the urbanity of large metropolis.
The co-authored report by experts of the LSE and UCGL for the preparation of Habitat III holds that a new urban governance must be based on aspirations for the right to the city, highlighting the need for decentralization and municipal capacity-building.