EU AE Park GrazWinner Europan 10 Graz is published in Europan catalogue
Regeneration, Revitalization, Colonization
For the tenth session of the competition, Europan is publishing the catalogue of award-winning projects in the 62 European towns situated in the 19 countries taking part.
The generic theme of Europan 10 was inventing urbanity, the ultimate aim being to create society, in other words to bring together people of all conditions and origins. We cannot however ignore the prevailing trend towards individualisation and the search for autonomy. It is to this very contradiction that Europan is directed: the desire for the city, i.e. the search for animation, community life, the public sphere, and at the same time the preservation of privacy, the home, the close-knit circle.
But the session also stressed the objectives of quality in sustainable development. How to reconcile residential density and quality, to be both in town and among nature? How can we invent sustainable projects capable of creating urban intensity while taking care of the environment?
123 award-winning projects in the Europan 10 session (56 winners, 67 runners-up) are presented in thematic site categories:
Regeneration: sites where the existing elements have to be radically transformed
Revitalization: sites where the local identity must be preserved while re-energizing the programme
Colonization: sites in the process of development.
Each project is developed on a dual scale: the scale of the urban concept and that of the architectural project, with a presentation detailing the main ideas.
The 85 projects awarded special mentions are presented more briefly, by country.
The catalogue is interspersed with some ten articles by European experts, pointing the way through the themes developed in the winning projects around the new issues of sustainable urban development (shared spaces, the town/country relationship, reusing the existent, densification, mixed uses, reversibility in time etc.)