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Best Practices Award in Urban Regeneration and Public Spaces

Urban regeneration brings back underutilized assets and redistributes opportunities, increasing urban prosperity and quality of life. Public space is considered the backbone of cities. They are crucial for achieve sustainable cities and inclusive communities: providing ecosystem services, improving health and wellbeing, ensuring social inclusion and economic exchange.

This category caters for addressing the cities of the future; finding ways in which cities ensure to provide affordable housing and access to food, water, clean air, mobility, public life and nature for continuously more numerous urban populations.

Topics Covered

  1. Affordable housing
  2. Accessible and sustainable transport
  3. Inclusive and participatory urban planning and design
  4. Accessible, Inclusive and Safe Green and Public Spaces
  5. Links to national and regional urban planning
  6. Cultural and natural heritage
  7. Environmental impact of cities
  8. Disaster risk reduction and recovery
  9. Urban regeneration tackling climate change

Potential applicants are expected to address, among others:

Urban regeneration, affordable housing, social cohesion and inclusion

  • Adoption of smart cities new technologies and tools
  • Efficient and effective use of technology
  • Adoption of people-centered smart cities
  • Facilitating unforeseen encounters for socio-economic development
  • Safety, Inclusivity, and accessibility of public spaces
  • Strengthen the links between national, regional and local development planning
  • Achieving the SDG goals through urban regeneration

Climate change, disaster resilience, mobility

  • Reaching carbon-neutral or carbon-negative cities
  • Provide accessible, inclusive, and affordable mobility
  • Increase resilience, ability to mitigate and adapt to natural hazards
  • Increase urban green areas and urban biodiversity
  • Harvesting rain water, floods or heat

Accessible, safe and inclusive public spaces

  • Participatory methodologies and innovative public space design
  • Implementation of high-quality public spaces in partnership with stakeholders
  • Accessible and inclusive public spaces for all
  • Safe and gender-sensitive public spaces design and use
  • Inclusive and environmental friendly city-wide public space strategies

Recognizing excellence

Call for applications is officially open for the 13th cycle.