The 5 finalists of the European Prize for Urban Public Space 2022
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The 5 finalists of the European Prize for Urban Public Space 2022

The winner will be made public during a ceremony held at the Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona in November

The 5 finalists of the European Prize for Urban Public Space 2022
By Editorial Staff -

Since 2000, the European Prize for Urban Public Space has recognized the best projects of creation, transformation, and recovery of public spaces in European cities which, despite their diverse nature, share historic attributes, including a human scale, a compact design, and the mixed character of its uses. In this idea of the European city, public space plays a key role as a collective meeting place imbued with political, economic, and social values that are inseparable from a physical design that accommodates them and makes them possible.

The prize is organized every two years by the Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona (CCCB), which has just announced the five finalists for this year’s award selected by an international jury composed of agricultural engineer and landscape designer Teresa Galí-Izard, who also served as President; architecture critic, historian and editor of The Architecture Observer Hans Ibelings; PhD in Anthropology and advisor on Resilience and Sustainability Eleni Myrivili; director of the Swiss Architecture Museum Andreas Ruby; architect, creative director of Patch and founder of Assemble Paloma Strelitz; and architect and founding member of studio OFIS Špela Videčnik. 

The following finalists will run for winner, which will be announced at the ceremony held at the CCCB on November 14-15, 2022:

  • Catharijnesingel, 2020 (Utrecht, the Netherlands), by OKRA landschapsarchitect

Restoration of the Catharijnesingel through removal of vehicular traffic, careful selection of trees, vegetation, paving materials and street furniture and introduction of a new, natural and healthy microclimate

  • FLOW, 2021 (Brussels, Belgium), by POOL IS COOL, Decoratelier Jozef Wouters

The first open-air swimming pool to be constructed in Brussels in 40 years. A simple, economical, modular system that represents how everyone can participate in creating an active, healthy public space.

  • Hage, 2021 (Lund, Sweden), by Brendeland & Kristoffersen architects, Price & Myers

A courtyard, closed on three sides by walls made of bricks recovered from a demolished factory building, that is a first intervention, an anticipation of a gradual evolution of the place: an hortus inconclusus.

  • Saint Sernin Square, 2020 (Toulouse, France), by Joan Busquets, Pieter-Jan Versluys, BAU

Restoring eminence to the historic urban fabric of the city while establishing an area that can accommodate a range of public uses.

  • “Sporta pils dārzi” Urban Garden, 2021 (Riga, Latvia), by Artilērijas dārzi

A system of seedling distributions and interstitial spaces; a model of urban space that incorporates productive, cultural and social logics and integrates emerging natural elements as part of the community space.

Finally, another 25 selected works among the projects submitted will be published in the online Archive, which brings together the best projects presented for the Prize as a witness to the construction and evolution of public spaces throughout Europe.


>>> Discover also the 2022 World Architecture Festival shortlisted projects


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