Eurohypo AG, an investment bank based in Frankfurt, Germany, is partnering with Topos, a leading landscape architecture journal, on the International Urban Landscape Award (IULA) competition. The competition seeks “exemplary urban design projects for sustainable development in Germany or the United Kingdom.”
In 2007, Parc Central de Nou Barris in Barcelona won the IULA’s EUR 50,000 prize. Parc Central is the largest in the Catalan capital. The jury felt that the Parc Central performed an important “integrative task in a rapidly expanding and multi-ethnic quarter of Barcelona.” Bernd Knobloch, Chief Executive Officer of Eurohypo, said: “Near-to-nature spaces laid out in the middle of cities are islands of recreation and places of encounter. In an age of increasing urbanisation of the world, they also make a major contribution to protecting the climate.” (see list of nominees from 2007).
This time round, the prize is divided into two categories:
- Category A, which honours ground-breaking, newly-built or redeveloped urban architecture
- Category B, which recognizes initiatives, concepts, designs or research projects in the field of sustainable urban development.
Both categories come with a cash prize of €25,000. Projects can only be from the UK or Germany. Entries must be received by September 3, 2009.