The European Urban & Regional Planning Awards were inaugurated in 1990-1991 by the European Council of Town Planners (ECTP) strongly supported by DG XVI of the European Commission (now DG REGIO). The present Series is the fifth round, now entirely run and organised by ECTP and its member organisations.

The Awards are organised in two stages. The first stage is organised at national level by the associations of spatial planners in European countries; some already award a national prize for planning and use this to select candidates. This "national selection" then makes up the short list for the second stage of the Awards, at which winners of the European Awards are selected.

The International Jury for this second stage was chaired by Professor Max van den Berg of the Netherlands. The other members of the Jury were:

Miroslav Baše, Czech Republic
Marta Doehler-Behzadi, Germany
Rachel Kenny, Republic of Ireland
Andrej Poga?nik, Slovenia

ECTP would like to record here its warmest gratitude to the jury members for their hard work and commitment to the Awards. The results of their deliberations are recorded in this brochure. We are also most grateful to our Czech colleagues in Asociace pro urbanismus a územní planování ?eské Republiky (AUÚP ?R), who kindly made all the arrangements for the jury, organised their two meetings and were exemplary hosts. Particular thanks go to Vít ?ezá? of AUÚP ?R who worked so hard as Secretary to the International Jury.

Click here to download a PDF version of the Awards results and the report of the jury

The results of the Fifth Awards once again demonstrate the importance of the Awards both as a means of exchanging experience and as a way to communicate the importance of the planning profession to a wider public. We hope that the results summarised in this brochure and the exhibition of projects entered for the Awards will further stimulate interest in our profession throughout Europe, and of course particularly in Prague, host of the jury meetings and the final Awards ceremony.

I congratulate the prize-winners and those who received an honourable mention, and commend their work to all who see it.

Jan Vogelij President of the European Council of Town Planners

The Aim of the Awards

The European Union has been significantly enlarged since its inception. In May 2004 ten new countries joined the EU. And in the last two years the number of national associations and institutes belonging to the European Council of Town Planners has also increased, and further growth is expected.

This decisive moment in recent EU history also sets a challenge for planners: planning practice, too, is becoming more diverse. At the same time, we are all faced with the need for action in our environment. More people - more politicians and more planners - will be involved in the protection of our heritage and development of the space we occupy.

Spatial planning is vital for the delivery of sustainable development. In particular, spatial planning is prudent management of space, a critical natural resource which is limited in supply but with growing demands upon it. It requires multi-disciplinary teamwork involving different skills at various scales in long-lasting processes. The particular characteristic of the planning profession is its ability to take a range of issues into account and translate them into their spatial consequences on different scales to achieve sustainable development.

The European Council of Town Planners is aware of both the variety and the universality of the planning profession in Europe as it takes into account the rich diversity of its cities and regions. To publicise and disseminate recent examples of good planning and urban design practice and promote the importance of spatial planning, ECTP encourages planners to take part in the biennial European Urban and Regional Planning Awards. The Awards show the state of spatial planning practice in Europe and they demonstrate regional diversity in Europe as a positive item - a part of our much-loved cultural diversity.

The aims of the Awards Scheme are to:

  • demonstrate to the general public, and to the planning profession in particular, successful and innovative planning projects and developments through which the quality of life of European citizens is enhanced and improved, socially, economically and environmentally
  • promote the views, ideas and vision of the ECTP on the future of European cities and regions, as expressed in the New Charter of Athens, whereby conditions favourable to the promotion of sustainable development are created and enhanced
  • illustrate the diversity and wide scope of planning activity today: in regeneration of urban and other areas, economics and leisure, transport and traffic management, as well as promoting social cohesion and enhancing cultural identity, to mention but a few
  • demonstrate clearly the advantages of the participatory planning process, facilitated and enabled by professional planners, showing that co-operation between stakeholders, local authorities, development agencies and interested citizens can have a synergistic effect of benefit to all participants.

Winners and Special Mentions





Sustainable development

Regional Participation

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7th European Urban and Regional Planning Achievement Awards 2008

ECTP, the umbrella association bringing together all the main national institutes and associations of planners in Europe, considers the Awards a fundamental initiative to assess the state of the art of spatial planning in Europe, to reward outstanding examples of planning solutions and to promote the dissemination of good practice among practitioners, decision-makers, stakeholders and citizens.

The Awards started in 1990/91 when they were jointly organised by the Directorate-General for Regional Policy of the European Commission and ECTP. I was fortunate to have the opportunity to participate actively in the 1997/98 series as a member of the international jury, and it is a special occasion for me now to come back to Dublin, which received an Award ten years ago and which is now a vibrant European capital.

The European Urban & Regional Planning Awards are organised every two years and consist of two stages. During the first stage, all member associations of ECTP run their national competitions or organise special selections to identify the most successful examples of good and sustainable planning achievement. In the second stage, the ECTP international jury assesses the national entries, identifies relevant categories and selects outstanding examples to be chosen as category winners or to be given a special mention. I would like to thank all members of the 2007/8 ECTP International Jury, namely Roger Smook (The Netherlands), Rachel Kenny (Ireland), Kaliopa Dimitrovska Andrews (Slovenia), Istvan Schneller (Hungary) and Petter Wiberg (Norway).

In particular I am grateful for the huge contribution to the Chair of the international jury Roger Smook and Rachel Kenny, serving on the jury for the third consecutive time and bringing her long, valuable experience to the group. My special thanks also go to the Irish Planning Institute (IPI) and to its President, Mr Andrew Hind for having hosted both jury meetings and organised the final Awards ceremony in Dublin with the sponsorship of the national Department of the Environment, Heritage and Local Government, and the local authority, Dublin City Council.

Philip Jones of IPI must have a special mention for his great job as jury secretary and for having managed the organisation of the whole event.

Readers will find here the jury assessments of the winning entries and of those who deserved a special mention. I would like to add that those which did not receive an Award still represent interesting examples of today's planning practice in Europe, showing the variety of solutions adopted and most of all the commitment of planners to achieving a sustainable future for Europe's towns and territories.

A proper planning process is one that seeks integrative solutions, wide participation and accurate information, and can connect the present to a shared vision for future development. No matter at what scale the planner is asked to intervene, what remains fundamental is the ability to identify the strengths and opportunities of a particular territory, to collaborate with all the actors involved and to select the best scenarios for development. It is also crucial to present those scenarios in such a way that decision-makers and the lay public can understand them easily, and in a way that will facilitate their implementation.

ECTP is convinced that the Awards represent the best way to disseminate good practice and to stimulate research into innovative planning schemes and achievements, raising awareness among professional planners. The Awards are our way of for illustrating ECTP's planning principles for achieving a sustainable, competitive and cohesive Europe.

Virna Bussadori

ECTP President

The Jury decided on five categories for the awards, as follows:-

  1. Cross Border Planning / Regional Planning / Territorial Cohesion
  2. Urban Region
  3. City Planning
  4. Public Participation in Planning
  5. Environmental / Sustainability

Winners were awarded in four of these categories, but the Jury decided that no entry was worthy of winning in the city planning category. However, two Special Merit awards were given in this category. In the case of the public participation category, the Jury decided that two equal winners were justified. A further Special Merit award was given in the environmental / sustainability category.


Category: Cross-Border Planning / Regional Planning / Territorial Cohesion

The Green Metropolis - tri-national regional development project (Germany / Netherlands / Belgium)

Category: Urban Region

Drammen (Norway)

Category: Public Participation in Planning

(Equal Winners):-

Rombeek-Enschede (Netherlands)

Stonebridge , London (UK)

Category: Environmental / Sustainability

Ecocity of Sarriguren (Spain)

Special Merit

  • Target Research Studies - new spatial plan for the city of Ljubljana (City Planning) (Slovenia)
  • Bydgoszcz (City Planning) (Poland)
  • Munich Convention City (Environmental / Sustainability) (Germany)

The Jury's citations on the winning entries are as follows:-

Winner in category: Cross Border Planning / Regional Planning / Territorial Cohesion

GREEN METROPOLIS (Germany, the Netherlands, Belgium)

The Jury was much impressed with the way in which this development project was able to co-ordinate disparate and sometimes contradictory planning policies and differing planning cultures, over three States, into an overall co-ordinated and holistic vision. The Jury feels that this is a prime example of successful Territorial Cohesion. The project, in the Jury's view, shows innovation in the way in which it provides a flexible framework to bring together various local projects and ideas, and directly involves individual stakeholders and citizens. The Jury also considers that this project exhibits best practice in the redevelopment and regeneration of a large post-industrial urban agglomeration and landscape, which will be of relevance to so many similar socially, economically and environmentally-challenged areas within Europe.

The role of the planner as a facilitator in crossing administrative and indeed national boundaries is to be applauded. The Jury particularly noted the legibility and environmental accessibility of the Green and Metropole Routes as axes connecting the new centres, and the natural landscapes. The Jury commended the approach of this project in strengthening the role of neighbouring Regions as an effective interface between the national and regional levels.

Winner in category - Urban Region

DRAMMEN (Norway)

The Jury considered that this entry showed how a long term planning project, extending over a twenty year time horizon, has been successfully implemented. The commitment of the Drammen Municipal Council to the overall focus of the project was noted. The Jury felt that the project is an exemplar of best practice in planning implementation and the creative input of the planner in that it demonstrated how a particular infrastructural project - the relocation of road infrastructure - can be harnessed to achieve wider urban design and planning objectives. The Jury noted that the result was evidently popular with the citizens, and provided good examples of recycling and re-use of materials. In particular, the Jury was impressed with the final project which combined an enhanced natural environment with an excellent mixture of a traditional and modern, small scale and large scale built environment.

Joint Winners in Category: Public Participation in Planning

ROOMBEEK ENSCHEDE (the Netherlands)

The Jury was impressed by this project, in the way in which it combined the regeneration of an established residential district and a post-disaster site, innovatory public participation and social aspects. In particular, the Jury commended the role of public participation as the main axis of the project and this is what makes it an exemplar of best practice in planning for urban regeneration. Innovation is also seen in planning governance structures, whereby the planning process can respond to specific and sudden circumstances such as occurred in this case, in which the elected politicians agreed with the local discussion groups composed of the local people most directly affected. The Jury felt that this approach went well beyond the statutory requirements, and moved from participation to citizen empowerment. This, the Jury feels, is particularly noteworthy as a successful approach to crisis management.

The role of the planner in this project was seen by the Jury to be vital to the process, as evidenced through the quality, comprehensiveness and timeliness of the implementation.


The Jury was impressed with the way in which this urban regeneration and reconstruction project was approached, in directly involving the residents of this area. It strongly commends the project for its exemplary approach to public participation, and noted the significant effort that this involved, within a challenging multi-cultural and difficult socio-economic context.

The role of the planner is evident from the inception of the scheme through to its ongoing implementation over a decade. In addition to providing new homes for residents, educational, employment and service provision was also addressed within the plan.

This project shows how an interdisciplinary approach to problem-solving can achieve successful results that are welcomed by the citizen. What is particularly noteworthy is the long term and consistent focus of this gradual approach to regeneration.

Winner in Category - Environmental / Sustainability


The Jury felt that the merits of this scheme lie in its aspirations to create a sustainable and eco-friendly urban city, with attention given to high quality environmentally sound building design and construction, good quality public transport based accessibility and improvements in the social and economic profile of the area. Therefore the Jury considered that the project meets many of the principles set out in the New Charter of Athens.

The scheme offers an exemplar in its comprehensive approach to incorporating existing established proven technologies and philosophies in sustainable development. The Jury was particularly impressed by the fact that all practicable means of achieving environmental sustainability using renewable energy and green technologies were well orchestrated. The transformation of the technical necessities into a specific urban form is considered to be quite successful.

The Jury's citations for the three special merit awards are as follows:-

Bydgoszcz (Poland)

The Jury considered that this entry showed promise, in providing a coherent framework for the coordination of smaller planning projects, using the river/canal system as a uniting concept. It considered that environmental aspects were well catered for, and that in contextual terms the proposals fitted in well with the historical and cultural milieu. However, the Jury considered that the entry did not demonstrate significant evidence of public participation or buy-in by the citizens, and noted the preliminary nature of the project, since it is only an initial study, and has not reached the stages of final approval and implementation. Notwithstanding this, the Jury felt that the special merit in this project is that the approach demonstrated the role of the planner as facilitator.

Ljubljana (Slovenia)

The Jury was pleased with the comprehensive nature of this project, and considered that these studies provide an excellent baseline for coherent strategic and local planning for a metropolitan region. In the governance, historical and financial context of the location, the Jury felt that this approach was to be commended, and could be regarded in this context to be exemplary. The Jury was impressed by the analytical tools and methodology used by the entrants, which it regards as robust and credible, and which it felt justified the special mention award. The Jury felt that such evidence-based rational planning should be promoted, especially against a background of predominantly developer-led project implementation. It noted, however, that these studies represented the first stage of the planning process, and felt that its longer-term utility depended on whether or not such research would be influential at final plan-making and approval stage.

Munich (Germany)

The comprehensive and holistic approach taken by the planners in bringing about the redevelopment of this brownfield site is to be commended. In particular, the jury was impressed with the ecological approach to the new built environment using renewable geothermal energy as well as the entrant's aspirations to create a socially diverse mixed use community, and considered that these approaches had special merit.

Recognition of the unique needs and gender issues facing women with families (whether relating to the availability of childcare or flexibility in work) as well as those from different socio-economic backgrounds is to be supported, and gender-proofing of plans as has been done in this instance is to be encouraged. However, the Jury was not convinced of the merits of the urban design and the architectural language used in the project as it felt that this was excessively rigid. The Jury therefore had concerns as to the long-term sustainability of the community/neighbourhoods created.


The European Urban & Regional Planning Awards were inaugurated in 1990-1991 by the (then) European Council of Town Planners (ECTP) in close co-operation and strongly supported by DG XVI of the European Commission (now DG REGIO). The present series is the sixth round, now entirely run and organised by ECTP and its member organisations.

The selection for the Awards is organised in two stages. The first stage is the selection at the national level by the national associations of spatial planners in European countries. In countries where a regular national prize for planning achievements is awarded, candidates for the European Awards are selected from these national prize winners. In countries that do not have such national prizes for spatial planning, projects are selected specially for submission to the European level by national jurors appointed by the national planning associations. In this way, all projects entered for the second (European Awards) stage result from national selections.

ECTP appointed the international Jury for this second stage, choosing distinguished and experienced representatives of various cultural and planning backgrounds:

    • Rachel Kenny, Ireland, chair of the jury

Former President of the Irish Planning Institute, former ECTP jury member. Senior Planner, Fingal County Council (Dublin)

  • Enrico Fontanari, Italy

    Planner, Professor of urban planning and landscape design, Faculty of Architecture of Venice

  • Georges Phedonos, Cyprus

    Planner, Vice President of the Cyprus Association of Town Planners (CATP)

  • Joris Scheers, Belgium

    Planner, President of the Flemish Planning Association (VRP)

  • Maciej Chojnacki, Poland

    Ph. D. Architect, Assistant Professor, Gda?sk University of Technology, Faculty of Architecture

ECTP would like to record here its warmest gratitude to the Jury members for their hard work and commitment to the Awards, as well as for the quality of their considerations, and acknowledges with thanks Rachel Kenny's inspirational chairing. The results of their deliberations are recorded in this brochure. We are also most grateful to our Spanish colleagues in the Asociaci"n Española de Técnicos Urbanistas (AETU) and its chairman Ángel Díaz del Río Hernando who kindly provided all the arrangements for the Jury, organised their two meetings and were exemplary hosts in the best Andalucía tradition. Particular thanks go to César Montero Sánchez, who acted as the secretary to the International Jury and to the local government of Sevilla and the regional government of Andalucía, for their extensive support. Finally, I would like to thank Virna Bussadori, vice president of ECTP, who co-ordinated the Sixth Awards scheme on behalf of the ECTP Executive Committee.

The results of the Sixth Awards once again demonstrate the importance of the Award scheme both as a means of exchanging experience among European planners and as a way to communicate to a wider public the importance of planning interventions and the rich variety of solutions. We hope that the results summarised in this brochure and the exhibition of all the projects entered for the European Awards will further stimulate interest in our profession when the exhibition travels round Europe.

I congratulate all who are involved in the projects selected nationally as candidates for the European Awards, I congratulate those who were shortlisted by the European jurors in the second stage, and of course my special congratulations goes to those singled out for prizes and for honourable mention.

I commend their work to all who see it.

Jan Vogelij
President, ECTP

The Award Winners

The winners by category were:

Regional Planning (two winners ex-aequo)

  • Asturias Coastal Zone Protection Plan (POLA), Spain
  • The Basque Regional Strategy, Spain

Local Planning

  • Local Spatial Plan for Wzgórze ?w. Bronis?awy (St. Bronis?awa Hill), Poland

Urban Design Highly Commended

  • Le Parc Saint-Léonard à Liège, Belgium
  • The Bullring, Birmingham, United Kingdom

Special Mention Awards

  • Territorial Plan of the Functional Bajo Deba area, Spain
  • Land Management Plan for the City of Monza, Italy
  • Local Development Plan - Town of Stary S?cz, Poland
  • Integral Plan of the Polígono Sur of Sevilla, Spain
  • Adamstown Strategic Development Zone Planning Scheme, Ireland

The Awards were presented at a Ceremony in Brussels in autumn 2010, in association with the ECTP-CEU General Assembly. 

The 2010 European Urban and Regional Planning Awards2010 marks the 8th European Urban and Regional Planning Awards. The first round of Awards was presented in 1991.

The Awards are supported by the European Council of Spatial Planners (ECTP-CEU), in association with its national member organisations.

The 8th round of Awards has been organised in two stages. The first selection was made by the nationalplanning institutes and associations of ECTP-CEU. At the second stage the final selection was made by an international jury appointed by ECTP-CEU.

This year there were 29 submissions from 13 countries. I wish to thank everyone who has contributed to the success of this year's awards. In particular, I wish to thank all the candidates for their enthusiasm, for the research undertaken, the added knowledge resulting from their work and their professional dedication. I would also like to thank all national planning institutes and associations for all the work they have given and the Jury for their time, enthusiasm and professional contributions.

It is in this spirit of enthusiasm and dedication and in a joint wish to develop our professional skills that the ECTP-CEU will grow and flourish.

Europe is in the middle of a major economic and financial crisis. Planning can make a significant contribution to the recovery through strategies for urban regeneration, territorial competitiveness, the development of territorial cohesion and cooperation. However, the crisis will also change the nature of planning. Some European governments are already changing their approach to planning. Some look to planning as a means of reducing its impacts and identifying measures to overcome it. Others seek to deregulate. As a profession we are challenged by these changes.

The European Spatial Agenda will change. The instruments of European Spatial Planning will be altered. Strategies, visions, programmes and projects of territorial cooperation must adapt to new conditions. There will be new actors with new roles on the stage of European planning. There is, however no doubt that European Spatial Planning will have to play an important role. Planners are accustomed to change, uncertainty and difficult decisions. Innovation, creativity and knowledge is essential to find new solutions. We have more than 100 years of experience from handling crises and other challenges throughout Europe during the last century, both from research and as practicing planners.

The submissions for the 8th round of awards ranged from projects at the very local level to regional as well as international scales. Several candidates have submitted projects concerned with urban regeneration. This reflects a wide spread need for regeneration in many cities and towns throughout Europe. Sustainable UrbanRegeneration can help resolve many of the problems arising from the current economic crisis. Planning alsohas a role in handling issues associated with global warming, the need to curb energy consumption and problems of social exclusion to mention just a few.

The principles and practices of planning for urban regeneration are well established. In our past experience European programmes for the regeneration of cities and towns have been of great benefit. There is a need for a new European programme and policy to stimulate sustainability and prosperity for future generations -an Urban Renaissance under new conditions.

The Toledo Declaration provides an opportunity for European Towns and Cities for the Future. The 2010 European Urban and Regional Planning Awards demonstrate what can be achieved through good planning.


João Teixeira
President, ECTP - CEU

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Le Grand Prix Européen de l’Urbanisme 2010

2010 marque le 8ème Grand Prix Européen de l’Urbanisme. La première édition du prix remonte à 1991.

Le Prix est financé par le Conseil européen des urbanistes (ECTP-CEU), en association avec ses organisations membres nationales.

La 8ème édition du prix a été organisée en deux étapes. La première sélection a été effectuée par les instituts d’urbanisme nationaux et les associations de l’ECTP-CEU. Lors de la seconde étape, un jury international désigné par l’ECTP-CEU a procédé à la sélection finale.

Cette année, 29 candidats ont été proposés par 13 pays. Je tiens à remercier tous ceux qui ont contribué au succès du prix cette année. Je remercie tout particulièrement tous les candidats pour leur enthousiasme, leurs recherches, les connaissances acquises grâce à leur travail et leur dévouement professionnel.

J’aimerais également remercier l’ensemble des instituts et associations d’urbanisme au niveau national pour tout le travail qu’ils ont accompli ainsi que le jury pour le temps qu’il a passé, son ardeur et ses contributions professionnelles.

C’est dans cet esprit d’enthousiasme et d’engagement et avec la volonté de développer nos compétences

professionnelles que l’ECTP-CEU se développera et prospèrera.

L’Europe traverse actuellement une crise économique et financière majeure. Or l’urbanisme peut contribuer de manière non négligeable à la reprise par des stratégies de régénération urbaine, de compétitivité territoriale et en développant la cohésion et la coopération territoriales. Cependant, la crise va aussi transformer la nature même de l’urbanisme. Certains gouvernements européens changent déjà leur approche dans ce domaine. Les uns voient dans l’urbanisme un moyen de réduire l’impact de la crise et d’identifier des mesures pour la surmonter. D’autres visent une déréglementation. Ces mutations remettent en question notre profession.

L’Agenda territorial européen va changer. Les instruments d’aménagement du territoire européen vont être modifiés. Les stratégies, les visions, les programmes et les projets de coopération territoriale doivent s’adapter à la situation actuelle. De nouveaux acteurs, investis de rôles nouveaux, vont apparaître sur la scène de l’urbanisme européen. Mais l’aménagement du territoire européen aura indubitablement un rôle important à jouer. Les urbanistes sont habitués au changement, à l’incertitude et aux décisions difficiles. L’innovation, la créativité et la connaissance sont indispensables pour trouver de nouvelles solutions. Nous disposons de plus de 100 ans d’expérience de la gestion des crises et autres défis à travers l’Europe, notamment au cours du siècle dernier, tant par nos recherches que par notre activité d’urbanistes.

Les projets proposés pour la 8ème édition du prix étaient de dimension aussi bien très locale que régionale, voire internationale. Plusieurs candidats ont soumis des projets consacrés à la régénération urbaine, reflétant ainsi un besoin très répandu de rénovation dans de nombreuses villes et agglomérations d’Europe. La régénération urbaine durable peut contribuer à résoudre bon nombre des difficultés provoquées par la crise économique actuelle. L’urbanisme peut également être utile pour gérer les problèmes liés au réchauffement mondial, à la diminution indispensable de la consommation énergétique et à l’exclusion sociale, pour n’en citer que quelques-uns.

Les principes et les pratiques des projets de régénération urbaine sont bien établis. Notre expérience passée montre que les programmes européens de rénovation urbaine ont été très bénéfiques. Il est indispensable de renouveler la politique et le programme européens en vue de stimuler la durabilité et la prospérité pour les générations futures – une renaissance urbaine dans un nouveau contexte.

La Déclaration de Tolède constitue une opportunité pour les villes et agglomérations du futur. Le Grand Prix Européen de l’Urbanisme 2010 illustre ce que peut apporter un urbanisme de qualité.


João Teixeira
Président, ECTP-CEU

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 The XIIIth European Urban and Regional Planning Awards 2019-2020:

>> The Awards are postponed to 2021

All received entries are automaticaly renewed.

More info soon, around Autumn 2020


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