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The Urbanism Awards Ceremony and Learning From Europe

November 16, 2016 @ 15:00 - 22:15 GMT

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Join us and over 200 urbanists from across the UK, Ireland and Europe for a day of inspiration and celebration at this year’s Urbanism Awards Ceremony and Learning from Europe seminar.

In this, our 10th Anniversary year, we are creating an even more special event, combining our two highly esteemed annual events into a single afternoon and evening, offering an intense and memorable experience for each of our Finalists, and our Academicians, friends and supporters.

Learning from Europe will commence mid-afternoon, combining inspiration and insight from senior representatives of our European City of the Year Finalists for 2017: Copenhagen, Eindhoven and Montpellier. We are delighted to announce that; John Jorritsma, Mayor of Eindhoven, Tina Saaby, City Architect of Copenhagen, and Philippe Saurel, Mayor of Montpellier, will be joining us to share wisdom and lessons learned from their respective cities.

Then, as evening falls, the reception for The Urbanism Awards Ceremony will commence, during which we will launch our third book, Urbanism, to be published with Routledge, which captures the learning and lessons from the 75 Urbanism Awards Finalists celebrated between 2009 and 2013.

We will then up the tempo at The 2017 Finalists Welcome, when Ian McMillan – poet, journalist, playwright, broadcaster and the Academy’s Poet-in-Residence – will present, in his own inimitable style, the sonnets he has composed to celebrate each of our three Finalists for The European City of the Year and – for the UK and Ireland – The Great Town, Neighbourhood, Street and Place.

Following our ‘refectory-style’ dinner, Richard Upton AoU, Deputy Chief Executive of U+I, will speak with “insight and audacity” about leading one of the country’s most innovative development companies. We will then be ready for the much-awaited announcement of the winners for the 2017 Awards.

Following the Ceremony, the bar will remain open for you to further enjoy the year’s best networking event for everyone with a passion for placemaking, drawn from a great variety of backgrounds.

This is a great opportunity to share your enthusiasm for better urbanism with other enthusiasts in a lively, provocative and friendly atmosphere, enhanced by the remarkable setting of U+I’s stylish Victoria venue. I hope you will join us for the whole event, and bring along colleagues and friends to share the excellent value that this year’s event will offer and to find out more about the mission, achievements and activities of the Academy.

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Arrival and Refreshments

Learning from Europe
Presentations by Copenhagen, Eindhoven and Montpellier

  • Tina Saaby, City Architect of Copenhagen
  • John Jorritsma, Mayor of Eindhoven
  • Philippe Saurel, Mayor of Montpellier


Launch of Urbanism – The Academy’s 75 Great Places 2009-13
Presented by David Rudlin AoU
Director, The Academy of Urbanism

The Finalists’ Welcome
Hosted by Ian McMillan
The Academy’s Poet-in-Residence


Guest Speaker
Richard Upton AoU
Deputy Chief Executive, U+I

The Urbanism Awards Ceremony
Hosted by Steven Bee AoU
Chairman, The Academy of Urbanism

Coffee, Dessert and Pay Bar



Sold Out! Join our waiting list

Thanks to an overwhelming and enthusiastic response, tickets have already sold out for this event. However there is still an opportunity to attend by joining our waiting list where you will be notified if tickets are made available. Please email Delano Bart-Stewart at dbs@academyofurbanism.org.uk to register your interest.

Learning from Europe + The Awards Ceremony – £75 + VAT (£90)
Learning from Europe – £40 + VAT (£48)
Urbanism Awards Ceremony– £50 + VAT (£60)


If you have any questions regarding this event, please contact Delano Bart-Stewart at dbs@academyofurbanism.org.uk.


November 16, 2016
15:00 - 22:15 GMT
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London, SW1P 1DZ United Kingdom
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