Behold, The 25 Best Public Spaces In Europe

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Courtesy of European Prize for Urban Public Space

The Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona (CCCB) has announced the finalists for the 2016 European Prize for Urban Public Space. An international jury of architects, critics, and directors of museums and institutions from across the continent selected 25 projects from 276 entries representing 33 countries.

According to the organization, "[the shortlisted projects recognize] the creation, recovery, and improvement of public spaces, as clear indicators of the democratic health of our cities.”

All finalists will have their work featured in an exhibition that will tour Europe over the next two years, and also will be published in an online archive that features past finalists. The 2016 winner of the award will be announced at the CCCB on July 4. 

  • The Ring of Remembrance at the Notre-Dame-de-Lorette International Memorial (France)
    Ablain-Saint-Nazaire, France
  • Recovery of the Irrigation System of the Spa Allotments (Spain)
    Caldes de Montbui, Spain
  • Bürchen's Main Square (Switzerland)
    Bürchen, Switzerland
  • Norreport Station (Denmark)
    Copenhagen, Denmark
  • Vantage Point and Protective Building at Genovese Park (Spain)
    Cádiz, Spain
  • Temporary Bridge over Charleroi Canal (Belgium)
    Brussels, Belgium
  • Cykelslangen Cycle Bridge (Denmark)
    Copenhagen, Denmark
  • R-Urban: Network of Urban Commons (France)
    Colombes, France
  • Remodeling of Tåsinge Square (Denmark)
    Copenhagen, Denmark
  • New Lift to Gironella's Historic Centre (Spain)
    Gironella, Spain
  • Katwijk's New Coastal Defense (Netherlands)
    Katwijk, The Netherlands
  • Public Baths in Faaborg-Midtfyn's Harbor (Denmark)
    Faaborg-Midtfyn, Denmark
  • Garden of the Heavenly Hundred (Ukraine)
    Kiev, Ukraine
  • Molenbeek-Saint-Jean's New Multiuser Porch (Belgium)
    Molenbeek-Saint-Jean, Belgium
  • Escaravox, Public Space for Contemporary Culture (Spain)
    Escaravox Madrid, Spain, 2014
    Madrid, Spain
  • Barkingside Town Centre Improvements (U.K.)
    London, United Kingdom
  • Arquipelago Contemporary Art Centre (Portugal)
    Ribeira Grande, Portugal
  • Remodeling of Velenje's Promenada (Slovenia)
    Velenje, Slovenia
  • Silence! Space (Latvia)
    Riga, Latvia
  • Cycle Network between Santa Pola and Alacant (Spain)
    Santa Pola, Spain
  • Clearing in Uster's Woods (Switzerland)
    Uster, Switzerland
  • Rotterdam's Test Site (Netherlands)
    Rotterdam, The Netherlands
  • Vodice's Fish Market (Croatia)
    Vodice, Croatia
  • Przełomy Centre for Dialogue in Solidarność Square (Poland)
    Szczecin, Poland

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