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In favour of public space

In favour of public space is the result of the work carried out to date by the CCCB in the field of reflection on the contemporary city, understood as urban planning and architecture, but also in political, social and philosophical terms. The space presents a selection of materials about projects presented in the 2006 European Prize for Urban Public Space, with particular emphasis on the two winning projects and the three special mentions.

Visitors can also consult the holdings of the European Archive of Urban Public Space and a selection of papers, books and audiovisual files from the CCCB's documentary holdings on public space and the contemporary city.

The European Prize for Urban Public Space is an initiative of the CCCB that aims to acknowledge and promote the public nature of urban spaces and their capacity for social integration. The Prize is jointly organized with five European institutions: the Architecture Foundation (London), the ArchitekturZentrum (Vienna), the Institut Français d'Architecture (Paris), the Nederlands Architectuurinstitut (Rotterdam) and the Museum of Finnish Architecture (Helsinki).

In 2006, the Prize attracted 207 projects from 152 cities in 31 European countries, offering a good overview of the transformation of Europe's public spaces over the last two years. The best projects presented in recent years are available for consultation in the European Archive of Urban Public Space.

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