The European Prize for Urban Public Space 2012


The European Prize for Urban Public Space is a biennial competition organized by six European institutions with the aim to recognize and encourage the recovery projects and defense of public space in our cities. The award, created in 2000, celebrates its seventh edition in 2012.

The Prize, which is honorific by nature, is awarded jointly to the authors and promoters of the projects chosen by the Jury. The prize-winners (of the Prize itself and Honourable Mentions) will receive a Diploma confirming the award. In addition, the winner of the Prize will receive a commemorative plaque which is to be installed in the prize-winning public space.
The prize-winning works, the finalists and a selection made by the Jury will be published in the European Archive of Urban Public Space, which brings together and makes available to the public the best projects that have been presented in the competition since its inception.

The criteria that will govern selection of the prize-winning projects from among those that are presented for the European Prize for Urban Public Space will not only be related with the quality of the work from a strictly architectural point of view since the jury will also consider other aspects in its evaluation of the effects of the urban transformation that has taken place in the specific setting and its impact on collective life:
– The explicitly urban nature of the intervention. The size of the city or town is not a limiting factor although priority will be given to medium-sized or large municipalities and those with a more general urban significance.
– The public ownership and/or clearly public-spirited vocation of the project.
– Appropriateness of interventions to the functions required of public space, from those directly linked with citizens’ occupation of a space, through to those pertaining to the collective imaginary.
– Capacity of the interventions to reduce social fractures within the city and eliminate physical and/or symbolic barriers in order to enhance quality of life for the inhabitants.
– Contribution of the projects in the domain of environmental improvement, in promoting public transport and innovation in the treatment of public installations, energy resources and urban waste.
– The degree of citizen participation and engagement in the conception, production and/or subsequent maintenance of the space. Degree of acceptance of the project by users.
– Transversal character of the planning concepts and/or objectives that have guided the project (sociology, demography, history, architecture, economy, engineering, landscaping, anthropology).

Deadline: 19 January 2012

Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona
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Graduate Research Assistantships

$20,000 for 12 months + – Majority tuition waiver

The Mississippi State University Department of Landscape Architecture invites applications for two graduate research assistantships beginning July 1, 2012.   The successful applicants will be assigned to work with individual faculty members on established research projects. Research assistants work 20 hours per week while simultaneously pursuing a Master of Landscape Architecture degree.

Required qualifications:
Bachelor’s degree from an accredited university and admission to the MLA program.

Application instructions and Deadline:
Applicants must have completed application for admission to the Graduate School by March 1, 2012.
Applications are accepted online at:

For more information, visit the Mississippi State University website:
Contact: Michael W. Seymour, Associate Professor MLA Coordinator

Call for Abstracts and Early Bird Registration


On behalf of the International Federation of Landscape Architects and The Institute for Landscape Architecture in South Africa, we wish to extend our warmest invitation to you to attend the 49th IFLA World Congress, to be held at: The Baxter Theatre, Rosebank, Cape Town, South African | 5 – 7 September 2012.

It further gives us great pleasure to announce that the Call for Abstracts and Early Bird registration is now open.

With the congress now only 10 months away, it is a good idea to take up the offer of Early Bird registration. Please take a moment to view our registration landing page for more information.

The Academic team on the Local Organising Committee invites landscape architects and anyone from a related discipline with an interest in landscape architecture to submit research and/or a practice-related abstract which address the Congress Theme or Sub Themes and eagerly await responses from around the world.

Theme: Landscapes in Transition.

Sub Themes: Natural-, Cultural- and Urban Landscapes in Transition.

Please visit the website and follow the news prompt. Complete the information boxes so that we can keep you informed via email on how we are progressing with the Congress.

To submit an Abstract please log on to:

We look forward to welcoming you to our great city and trust that you will find your visit both rewarding and relaxing, as you take the opportunity to enjoy the hospitality which our nation has to offer.

Tarnia Aspeling
Molweni Afrika, P O Box 249, Eppindust 7460, Cape Town WC, South Africa
Tel: +27 (0) 21 535-1797 | Fax: +27 (0) 086 652-8316