Urbanism Awards open for nominations

The Academy of Urbanism is calling for individuals to nominate a ‘Great Place’ for the 2017 Urbanism Awards.

The Awards are designed to promote and learn from places that demonstrate positive social, physical and economic urbanism. Organised by built environment network The Academy of Urbanism, the Awards have visited, assessed and celebrated 150 examples of good urbanism across the UK, Ireland and Europe.

The categories include The Great Town, Great Neighbourhood, Great Street and Great Place in the UK and Ireland, as well as a prestigious European City of the Year Award.

Candidates for these Awards are acknowledged for their excellence in aspects ranging from environmental sustainability to community, health and wellbeing.

Stephen Gallagher, director of communications at the Academy, said: “What we are really looking for is to learn from places that have undergone a process of positive transformation, be it visible or behind the scenes. We recognise that not all places are alike, but there are common elements and lessons that we can draw out from the success stories and share with other places that seek to emulate their success.”

San Sebastián, Spain, was crowned European City of the Year at last year’s awards for its commitment to reducing inequality across the city, as well as its success in using culture as a means to promote a peaceful, post-conflict environment.

Last year’s finalists also included Cairns Street in Toxteth, Liverpool, part of the Granby Four Streets regeneration area that won the 2015 Turner Prize.

Nominate a great place for the Urbanism Awards before 11 April online at academyofurbanism.org.uk/awards


About the Awards

The deadline for nominations for the 2017 scheme is Monday 11 April 2016.

Places that have previously reached finalist stage cannot be renominated for at least 10 years. A full list of past finalists is available on the Academy website. Once nominations are closed, entries will be shortlisted into three finalists in each category.

This year’s Awards will be held in London in November 2016.

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