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          Europan 10: Inventing Urbanity
          Europan Europe
        • Category
        • International
        • Type
        • Open
        • Registration Deadline
        • 05/29/2009
        • Submission Deadline
        • 06/29/2009
        • Open To
        • European Architects under 40 years of age
        • Entry Fee
        • EURO 100
        • Awards
        • EURO 12,000 First Prize and EURO 6,000 2nd Prize
        • Jury
        • Ghislain Geron, Chantal Vincent, Claude Eerdekens, Tuur Ceuppens, Jacqueline Miller, Jens Metz, Boris Bouchet, Elisabeth Iglesias, Chris Younes, Jean-Michel Degraeve and Robert Stephane
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        • Description
        • The generic theme of Europan 10 – Inventing urbanity - specifically involves collaboration with the cities and urban developers in the organising countries. Indeed, the ultimate aim of the European vision of the city is to make society, in other words to bring together people of all conditions and origins. However, the dominant trend towards individualisation, the quest for autonomy, cannot be ignored. This is precisely the contradiction that Europan addresses: on the one hand wanting the city – i.e animation, communal life, people – and on the other side wanting intimacy, privacy, home and the immediate circle.

          SUSTAINABLE CITY AND NEW PUBLIC SPACES Urbanity can be defined as a shared way of experiencing the city and its functions but also as a way of envisaging city space in order to create the conditions for people to come together in communal places: public space. But where does public space start and where does it stop? Can neighbourhood and local spaces be seen as part of the public domain? And also, can we use the term public space for the new communal spaces - such as shopping malls, stations and airports?

          But Europan is engaged also in the qualitative goals of sustainable development. How can density and residential quality be reconciled, how to be both in the city and in the nature? How can sustainable projects able to both create urban intensity and respect the environment be imagined?

          These are the questions young European architecture and urban planning professionals will have to answer by choosing a site amongst three types of sites: those that must undergo a strong transformation (regeneration), those that must both keep their identity and redynamise their programme (revitalization) and those that must undergo a development (colonization).

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