International Young Planning Professionals Award 2012: Winners announced!

The Directorate responsible for spatial planning at the Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and Environment (Min I&M) is encouraging young planning professionals to provide new ideas on the form, methods and possibilities in spatial planning needed to face present-day challenges facing our human settlements. The theme of the competition was decided by the promoter institutions, Min I&M, IFHP, ISOCARP and AESOP.

This year’s theme was:

‘Adaptive cities: new ideas for action. Trends, perspectives and challenges of spatial development in a phase of de-growth and decline in Europe’.

21 abstracts and 17 full papers were submitted. The Jury, consisting of representatives of the promoter institutions, met on 23rd July to assess the full papers. It decided that the Young Planning Professional Award 2012 goes to:

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Clenn Kustermans for the paper Shrinkage is Sexy: a New Strategy to Make a Shrinking Urban Area the Most Vital Part of Town


Sebastian Seyfarth for the paper Costa de la Ruina: Neglected Places at the Costa del Sol All the Way from Malaga to Manilve

They have been awarded free registration to the EUSS, travel & accommodation expenses, a small amount of ‘encouragement’ money and the publication of their papers in the EUSS publication.

The jury decided in addition to award a special prize for their reflective essays to:

Serena Maioli for the paper Culture Hungers: New Appetites for Contemporary Cities

Rui Santos for the paper Spatial Assemblages: the Production of Space(s) Beyond the Imperative of Growth

They have been awarded free registration to the EUSS, a contribution to their travel & accommodation expenses and publication of their papers in the EUSS publication.

Honourable Mentions (free registration to the EUSS and publication of their papers in the EUSS publication after suggested improvements have been applied) have been awarded to the following EUSS participants:

Ramon Marrades Sempere for the paper Re-using Outdated Infrastructure: the Case of Guadalmedina Riverbed.

Anna Háblová for the paper Influence of Globalization on Cities, Shopping Malls in Czech Republic 1992-2012.