European prize for urban public space 2006

Announcement and Contest rules

The European Prize for Urban Public Space is a biennial competition that aims to highlight the importance of public space as a catalyst of urban life, and to recognise and foster investment by public administrations in its creation, conservation and improvement, while also understanding the state of public space as a clear indicator of the civic and collective health of our cities.


Given the reductionism and programmatic simplicity of some of the large-scale urban projects implemented in Europe in recent years, and the risks of homogenisation and impoverishment of the urban landscape, we believe that promoting public space and making known the diversity of functions it can embrace and its intense, rich and plural character, is an ideal way of stimulating urban projects that aim to reinvent and enhance the structural role that public space has always played in European cities.


The Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona, the Institut Français d’Architecture (Paris), The Architecture Foundation (London), the Nederlands Architectuurinstituut (Rotterdam), the Architekturzentrum Wien (Vienna) and the Museum of Finnish Architecture (Helsinki) have announced the Fourth European Prize for Urban Public Space, which is to be awarded in July 2006 in Barcelona.

The First European Prize for Urban Public Space was offered in 2000 and since then it has been awarded on a two-yearly basis with the aim of recognising and promoting activities for the recovery of areas of social cohesion in European cities through transforming and improving public space.

The fourth award of the Prize is now announced in keeping with the aim of highlighting and making known the major works of creating and remodelling public spaces that have been completed in Europe between 2004 and 2005.