The VIth European Urban and Regional Planning Awards 2006

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