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Nørreport Station
Copenhagen (Denmark), 2015 | FINALIST 2016
The chaotic esplanade covering Denmark’s oldest subterranean station through which around 165,000 people move every day, has been redesigned to house a bus terminal, parking for more than two thousand bicycles and a pedestrian zone connected with the medieval streets of the old city centre.
Protection Building of the Genovés Park
Cádiz (Spain), 2015 | FINALIST 2016
A seafront esplanade invaded by parked cars is replaced by an elongated building that shelters the Genovés park from winds, while containing public bathrooms, changing rooms and cultural facilities and featuring an elevated viewpoint overlooking the bay of Cadiz.
Temporary Bridge over the Charleroi Canal
Brussels (Belgium), 2014 | FINALIST 2016
An non-profit urban festival claims the connection of two districts of uneven social conditions on both sides of the canal by means of an ephemeral bridge made with the standard components of a construction crane.

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The Exhibition “Polis” to Be Shown at Mextrópoli
“Polis: 7 Lessons from the European Prize for Urban Public Space”
11/03/2017-3/04/2017 | Alameda Central, Ciudad de México (Mexico City)

The retrospective Prize exhibition, “Polis: 7 Lessons from the European Prize for Urban Public Space” will be shown at the Festival Internacional de Arquitectura y Ciudad Mextrópoli (International Festival of Architecture and the City, Mextrópoli) which is to be held in Mexico from 11 – 14 March 2017.
“Public space reflects the diversity of voices, the diversity of identity”
Interview with Elif Shafak
For the writer Elif Shafak, the quality of democracy is gauged by the functioning of public spaces.
“The margin of the sea, and the land and the city is always a contested ground”
Interview with Philip Hoare
The writer Philip Hoare speaks to us of seafronts as the city’s public spaces where the citizen is free.

Periscope (416)

Highways gutted American cities. So why did they build them?
The article describes the destructive impact in America of the Interstate Highway System after the 1950s, drawing attention to the racist implications of the associated “urban renewal” policies.
End of the Car Age: How Cities are Outgrowing the Automobile
Cities around the world are coming to the same conclusion: they’d be better off with far fewer cars. So what’s behind this seismic shift in our urban lifestyles? In this article in The Guardian Stephen Moss goes on an epic (car-free) journey to find out.
Book Launch of "Com i per a qui es dissenya la ciutat?" (How and for Whom Is the City Designed?)
The author and anthropologist, Marc Trias, offers a critical account of Barcelona’s latest large-scale urban planning operation which has changed the city’s seafront in the Port Vell zone. Who benefits from this transformation of the city? The book will be launched on Monday 13 February at the Barceloneta Civic Centre (Conreria St., 1-9, Barcelona).