The XIIth European Urban and Regional Planning Awards
The members of the Jury:
• President of the Jury: Alfonso Vegara, President of Fundación Metrópoli.
• Kieran McCarthy, Representative of the Committe of the Regions (CoR) and of the Commission for Territorial Cohesion Policy (COTER), Ireland.
• Isabelle Maës, Policy Officer TEN-T Atlantic Corridor - European Commission, DG Mobility and Transport, Belgium.
• François Tamisier, Chief Architect, ADP Group, France.
• Janet Askew, ECTP-CEU Administrator, United Kingdom
• Dominique Lancrenon, ECTP-CEU Honorary President, France.
During the session, the Jury discussed the projects and evaluated them based on what innovative responses they bring to the:
(1) Strategic Planning
(2) Smart Mobility within cities and territories
(3) Energy efficiency and spatial planning
Conclusions of the Jury
Airports, Cities and Urban Development
When evaluating the presented projects, the jury looked for the integration between cities and airport as their main quality.
Inside the airport domain, it evaluated how the built environment, the public spaces and services are structured so as to allow the users a sense of belonging
to the local territory, and to recognize its cultural and social identity.
Outside the domain of the airport, the way surrounding neighborhoods, cities and centers access and benefit, fluidly and comfortably, from the development of the airport area, was a key concern.
The two projects that were nominated by the jury answered at least one of these concerns :
The Dublin Project
The Dublin Project places its renewal in an integrated strategic plan at the national, regional and local levels. It develops a strategy on mobility issues by creating a Mobility Manager position to serve the project in relation to the region.
While the project recreates pleasant public spaces on the developed area, it also includes participatory approaches for its planning process.
This project’s overall approach is part of an urban renewal initiative for the area that includes the reprocessing of urban wastelands.
However, the current process does not seem completely finalized in terms of spatial composition, especially concerning the issues of parking, pedestrian paths, and public transport.
The Barcelona Project
The Barcelona Project is part of a land planning process in a currently non-urbanized territory that is particularly sensitive in terms of environmental concerns.
It sets the conditions for an internal functional development based on an approach that is both flexible at the formal level, and rigorous in terms of its expected environmental quality.
On the other hand, its metropolitan integration is not thoroughly described, even if the subway service is a major asset.
The jury wanted to encourage both approaches and asked the two teams to discuss their long term-prospects.
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