The Urbanism Awards are the Academy’s primary platform for recognising the best, most enduring or most improved urban environments.
From start to finish, the Awards process is a brilliant opportunity for our members to contribute and gain expertise, perspective, and ideas.
And as well as providing a means to build relationships with places that are doing good work, the Awards help us to build a strong evidence base for high quality, innovative and sustainable urbanism.
Banner photo: Trieste, European City of the Year 2022
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Since the first Awards in 2006, we have visited, assessed, and celebrated 239 outstanding examples of good urbanism across the UK, Ireland, and Europe.
There are five awards given:
- The European City of the Year
- The Great Town or Small City
- The Great Neighbourhood
- The Great Street
- The Great Place
And these are assessed on the following:
- Leadership and Governance: Is the place well managed, inclusive, fair?
- Local Character: To what extent does the place provide a distinctive sense of place, identity and cultural resonance?
- Amenity & Housing: To what extent is the place an attractive, safe and enticing place for people to live, work, play, visit and enjoy?
- Commercial Success & Viability: To what extent does the place provide a conducive environment for wealth creation and distribution and is it able to support the maintenance and improvement of its urban environment?
- Environmental Sustainability: To what extent does the place exhibit and promote environmental sustainability?
- Community, Health and Wellbeing: To what extent does the place exhibit and promote civic behaviour, social cohesion, health and wellbeing?
- Connectivity: To what extent does the place provide transport and access options to an appropriate range of urban services?