Copenhagen has been crowned European City of the Year at the 2017 Urbanism Awards.The Academy’s judges praised Copenhagen for its collaborative approach to planning the development, which has over the past 20-years put citizens at the heart of decision-making.
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The city fought off strong competition from fellow finalists Eindhoven and Montpellier during a summer of assessment visits and subsequent vote by the Academy. The City Architect, Tina Saaby, collected the award.
The Academy’s judges praised Copenhagen for its collaborative approach to planning the development, which has over the past 20-years put citizens at the heart of decision-making. Its open governance and ‘unplanned planning’ have resulted in a string of exceptional spaces that have blurred the lines between public and private ownership.
Steven Bee, chair of the Academy, said:
The award is one of five given out annually by The Academy of Urbanism to recognise the best, most enduring or most improved cities, towns, neighbourhoods, streets and places. Voted on by Academicians, who include leading architects, planners and developers, each award looks at a number of social, economic and environmental factors, including good governance and commercial success.
Reflecting on the Awards, now in its eleventh year, Steven Bee said: