After breaking from tradition to celebrate the people making great places last year, the Urbanism Awards return their focus to the great places themselves for 2023. 

Nominations for the Urbanism Awards are submitted, shortlisted, assessed, and voted on by the Academy's membership. Contact [email protected] to find out about joining the in-person assessment visits, or consider becoming a member of the Academy to vote on the shortlist in November and get involved in the future.

Keep reading to find out who our 15 shortlisted cities, towns, neighbourhoods, streets, and places are, and click the name of each finalist to learn about each place.

European City of the Year finalists:

Málaga, Spain

Mechelen, Belgium

Trieste, Italy

Photos L-R: Málaga; Mechelen; Trieste


Photos L-R: Dún Laoghaire; Grantham; Inverness


Photos L-R: Ballynafeigh; Govanhill; Marmalade Lane (© Jim Stephenson)


Photos L-R: Barnes High Street; Mill Street; Solar Avenue


Photos L-R: Brooke Park; Colquhoun Square (© Keith Hunter); The Piece Hall


Academicians and Young Urbanists are invited to join the in-person assessment visits to each finalist, taking place throughout September and October. 

Contact [email protected] to enquire about any locations you would be interested in joining the visits for.

Keep up with the Academy to find out more about the Urbanism Awards finalists and updates

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