Date: 06/18/2015 - 08/18/2015
Time: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Location: Miami Center for Architecture and Design
The European Prize for Urban Public Space is a biennial initiative of the Centre of Contemporary Culture of Barcelona (CCCB) which aims to draw attention to the importance of public space in the democratic life of cities.
The form of the city is intimately related with democracy. This is the thesis of the Prize which, since 2000, has recognised and publicised the processes of transformation and improvement of public spaces in Europe.
Cities are far from being an idyllic paradise. Now, when more than half the world’s population lives in urban environments, cities are facing threats that raise serious doubts about their future. Europe which, throughout history, has created cities that are exemplary in terms of density, human scale and complexity, is no longer exempt from these risks. Exorbitant growth, social and spatial segregation, neglect of outlying areas and predominance of the private vehicle are some of the problems that presently endanger the ideals of equality and freedom, which have been associated with the European city since its very beginnings.