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