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European Prize for Urban Public Space 2016
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Probably, one of Europe’s best contributions to humankind is its particular way of understanding urban public space. For millennia the Old Continent has been producing cities on a human scale, long-lived and yet dynamic, and open to cultural fertility and to the civic consciousness of their inhabitants. Far from being an exercise in nostalgia, defending the European model of the city is more urgent than ever today. When urban fabrics are changing and being stretched with unprecedented momentum, public space is still the best terrain from which to combat the injustices and folly that are presently ravaging them. The European Prize for Urban Public Space is a biennial honorary award which recognises, publicises and fosters the creation, recovery or improvement of shared spaces, understanding their state as a clear indicator of the democratic health of our cities.


Seven European institutions are co-organising the ninth European Prize for Urban Public Space, which is honorific by nature, is awarded jointly to the authors and promoters of the of the winning interventions. The prize-winners will receive a Diploma confirming the award. In addition, the winner of the Prize will receive a commemorative plaque, as well as a certificate that will be also delivered to special mentions. The prize-winning works, as well as the special mentions and the finalists will be published in the Archive of the Prize and will make part of the travelling exhibition of the 2016 Prize.The Jury of the 2016 Prize 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 designates the secretary who is to assist the jury and produce the minutes of the sessions during the selection process of the Prize winners.


Works that have created, recovered or improved public space within the geographic limits of the Council of Europe in the years 2014 and 2015 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 2014-2015 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.


The criteria that will govern selection of the prize-winning projects from among those that are presented for the European Prize for Urban Public Space will not only be related with the quality of the work from a strictly architectural point of view since the jury will also consider other aspects in its evaluation of the effects of the urban transformation that has taken place in the specific setting and its impact on collective life:
  • The explicitly urban nature of the intervention. The size of the city or town is not a limiting factor although priority will be given to medium-sized or large municipalities and those with a more general urban significance.
  • The public ownership and/or clearly public-spirited vocation of the project.
  • Appropriateness of interventions to the functions required of public space, from those directly linked with citizens’ occupation of a space, through to those pertaining to the collective imaginary.
  • Capacity of the interventions to reduce social fractures within the city and eliminate physical and/or symbolic barriers in order to enhance quality of life for the inhabitants.
  • Contribution of the projects in the domain of environmental improvement, in promoting public transport and innovation in the treatment of public installations, energy resources and urban waste.
  • The degree of citizen participation and engagement in the conception, production and/or subsequent maintenance of the space. Degree of acceptance of the project by users.
  • Transversal character of the planning concepts and/or objectives that have guided the project (sociology, demography, history, architecture, economy, engineering, landscaping, anthropology).


The documentation required from anyone who wishes to present for the Prize is:

Physical documentation:
3 numbered panels: these must be rigid (in foam board or similar material) in DIN A3 format and horizontal orientation. They must contain the following information:
  • Map (or photomap) showing the location of the work inside its urban context (to scale).
  • A pair of photographs of the site before and after the intervention, preferably from the same vantage point.
  • Photographs of the finished work. Images showing citizen use of the new space will be positively valued.
  • Textual explanations in English where deemed necessary.

Digital documentation:
During online registration, the following digital documentation will be required:
  • The three numbered DIN A3 panels in PDF format.
  • Technical data of the work.
  • A minimum of 10 JPG images (photographs and drawings).
  • Descriptive report, written in English, approximately 4,500 characters long, in four chapters (previous state, aim of the intervention, description and assessment).


The entry procedure for the Prize, which is free of charge, consists of two parts:

1. On-line registration
On-line registration will be open on January 13. The participant must register on-line by filling in, first, the basic form regarding the submitted work and contact person and, then, providing all the other necessary information. The person entering for the Prize can continue to modify and complete the registration file as often as s/he wishes until the registration period closes. If registration file has not been closed by the participant during the registration period, it will be closed automatically on February 22 2016 at 12p.m. If the person entering for the Prize is presenting more than one work, the on-line registration procedure must be followed for each work separately. Detailed instructions regarding on-line registration may be found in this Registration Guidelines [PDF]

2. Presentation of the physical material at the CCCB
The following documentation must be submitted to the CCCB:
  • One printed and signed copy of the Rights Sheet (this may be found in the procedure for on-line registration) once the data have been duly completed.
  • The 3 numbered rigid panels in DIN A3 format and horizontal orientation.

The documentation must be submitted in a well protected packet through the post, delivered by messenger or in person at the CCCB before 22 February at 2 p.m. In the case of packages sent by post or messenger, the date of dispatch must be certified at the post office or by the messenger service, and the CCCB is to be notified of the dispatch of the package at publicspace@cccb.org on the same day. The package should be sent to the CCCB general registry (open on non-holidays from Monday to Friday, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.), at the following address:

PUBLICSPACE 2016 / registration code
Registre General
Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona (CCCB)
Montalegre, 5
E-08001 Barcelona (Spain)


The status of candidate for the Prize entails the free cession, to the CCCB and the other organising institutions, of the necessary non-exclusive exploitation rights pertaining to the material presented for the Prize, for all the countries of the world, until the rights enter the public domain with the only aim of dissemination and promotion, by means of any medium and in any form, of all the events and activities related with the Prize (exhibitions, publications, et cetera), and including its permanent availability for consultation in the Archive of the Prize.


In accordance with Organic Law 15/1999 of 13 December on protection of data of a personal nature (LOPD), the personal data supplied by candidates for the Prize will be incorporated in the CCCB file Activitats artístiques, culturals i educatives (Artistic, Cultural and Educational Activities), for which the Centre of Contemporary Culture of Barcelona is responsible and wherein they will be used with the only aim of administering all matters pertaining to the 2016 European Prize for Urban Public Space. Those concerned may exercise their rights to access, rectify, contest and/or cancel the use of the personal data by contacting the Management of the Centre of Contemporary Culture of Barcelona (c/. Montalegre, 5 // 08001 – Barcelona. Tel +34 93 306 41 00; publicspace@cccb.org).

Participation in this contest implies acceptance of all the conditions specified in these rules.


Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona (CCCB)
Montalegre, 5
E-08001 Barcelona (Spain)