From 2010, DAM becomes a partner in the European Prize for Urban Public Space.
The prize was set up in 1999 at the initiative of the Centre of Contemporary Culture of Barcelona with the aim of recognising and fostering the public character of urban spaces and their capacity for encouraging social cohesion. This Prize – the only one of its kind in Europe – is distinctive in giving recognition to public space that is both universally accessible and urban and thus differs from similar initiatives which focus on architects, or awards given specifically for landscape architecture projects. Other co-organisers of the European Prize for Urban Public Space include major European architecture museums such as the Architecture Foundation in London, the Architekturzentrum Wien, the Cité de l’Architecture et du Patrimoine in Paris, the Rotterdam Nederlands Architectuurinstituut (NAi) and the Museum of Finnish Architecture (MFA) in Helsinki. The prize is awarded biennially and recognises both the planners and the department responsible for commissioning the project within the public administration. Over the course of the last five awards it has significantly expanded in its geographic scope: this year saw 303 projects submitted from 31 European countries, in comparison with 81 projects from 14 countries in 2000. The winner of the 2010 Prize will be chosen in Barcelona on 25th and 26th March 2010 by a jury chaired by the Spanish architect Rafael Moneo, which includes the Director of the DAM, Peter Cachola Schmal.