ABOUT THE AWARDS

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The Urbanism Awards identify, promote and learn from great places. Each year, we recognise 15 places that have positively improved their economic, social and physical environment, particularly over the past 10-20 years.

The Urbanism Awards are unique for two reasons: anybody can nominate a place that they think is deserving, provided they have a strong reason; the accolade is awarded to the place itself, recognising that great places are achieved when many people come together.

The Awards process seeks to identify and recognise the best, most enduring or most improved urban environments at various levels of scale and to understand better the processes by which they are nurtured, used and enjoyed.

 

CATEGORIES

There are five award categories:

  • The European City of the Year (UK, Ireland, mainland Europe, population 150,000+)
  • The Great Town (UK, Ireland)
  • The Great Neighbourhood (UK, Ireland)
  • The Great Street (UK, Ireland)
  • The Great Place (UK, Ireland)
The annual Call for Entries is launched in the spring of each year and by early summer 15 finalists (three in each category) are announced. An assessment visit is then made to each of the places by a team of Academicians, who compile a report based on the following criteria:

 

CRITERIA

1. Leadership and Governance

Is the Finalist well managed, inclusive, fair?

2. Local Character

To what extent does the Finalist provide a distinctive sense of place, identity and cultural resonance?

3. Amenity

To what extent is the Finalist an attractive, safe and enticing place for people to live, work, play, visit and enjoy?

4. Commercial Success & Viability

To what extent does the Finalist provide a conducive environment for wealth creation and distribution and is it able to support the maintenance and improvement of its urban environment?

5. Environmental Sustainability

To what extent does the Finalist exhibit and promote environmental sustainability?

6. Community, Health and Wellbeing

To what extent does the Finalist exhibit and promote civic behaviour, social cohesion, health and wellbeing?

7. Connectivity

To what extent does the Finalist provide transport and access options to an appropriate range of urban services?

 

HOW WE CAPTURE THE ESSENCE OF OUR GREAT PLACES

We believe that the Space Place and Life of places should be captured in a number of different ways. Every year, the Academy‚Äôs poet-in-residence, Ian McMillan, brings the 15 finalists to life through his evocative urban poetry. These poems are set in context by our artist-in-residence, formerly David ‘Harry’ Harrison and now David Rudlin AoU.

 

HOW WE CELEBRATE OUR GREAT PLACES

NOMINATE A FUTURE GREAT PLACE

We hope this site has inspired you to think about the places you think are Great Places. We now invite you nominate a great city, town, neighbourhood, street or place for the next Urbanism Awards here.

Nominate Now

For more information about The Urbanism Awards, please contact the Academy on 020 7251 877 or here to email a member of the team