europan 14 architecture competition 2017

Europan 14 : Productive Cities

Submission: June 30, 2017
Registration: June 19, 2017
Language: English
Location: Concept
Prizes: Winners: € 12000, Runners Up: € 6000, Special Mentions
Type: Open


After two sessions exploring the adaptable city Europan now focuses on productive cities. How mixed is actually the mixed-city? Housing remains the main program in many urban development projects of the post-industrial era. We wisely add some office places and public amenities, but remain especially keen on stimulating bars, shops and restaurants because we want every new district to be a “genuine vibrant urban neighbourhood. Looking back at how we organized this wave of regeneration, we can see how we have systematically excluded one program: the productive economy.

There is now in many European cities a spatial and social mismatch between living and working conditions. The city provides high-skilled professionals with many working possibilities while a large part of low-skilled workers live in the city with no work opportunity. This mismatch generates many problems with regard to economy, mobility and sociality.

Of course, we should not bring steel factories back to the city centre. But we are already welcoming all kinds of small-scale urban manufacturing. We are accommodating more and more of the new recycling industry within the city itself. We could systematically save some space in our programs for redevelopment areas for small and medium enterprises. We should avoid that the plumber living in the city and repairing our houses in the city has to drive out of the city to find available storage space. Production should be encouraged in the city, be part of the fabric, be allowed to be seen, connected to shared daily life, nurtured and celebrated. Which alternatives should we produce for such a city?

The challenge for Europan 14 is to generate new kinds of proximity by connecting the living and the producing.


Europan 14 is open to any team consisting of one architect in partnership or not with one or more professionals of the same or other disciplines of the urban-architectural field (architects, urban planners, landscapers, engineers, artists…)
Every team member, whatever his/her profession, must be under the age of 40 years old on the closing date for submission of entries.

There is no limit to the number of participants per team. Multidisciplinarity is strongly recommended with regards to the sites issues.
A registered team can modify its composition on the European website until the closing date for submissions. No further change shall be accepted after this date.
Each team member (associate and collaborator) shall be registered as such on the European website before the closing date for submissions.

One team can submit a project on different sites and one person can be part of different teams provided that the projects are submitted in different countries.


Launch and Registration

Mon. 13 Feb. 2017
– Launch of the competition on the European website with topic, rules, descriptions of the national Europan structures, short presentations of the sites proposed for the session and lists of the national juries.
– Opening date for registration on the European website and download of the Complete Site Folders

Questions on the Sites and Rules on the Internet Forum

Fri. 19 May 2017, 23:59 (GMT +1): Deadline for submitting questions
Fri. 2 June 2017, 23:59 (GMT +1): Deadline for answers to questions

Registration Deadline

Mon. 19 June 2017, 23:59 (GMT +1): Deadline for registration

Submission of entries

Fri. 30 June 2017, 23:59 (GMT +1): Deadline to submit entries
Mon. 3 July 2017: Publication of a temporary listing of submitted projects
Fri. 7 July 2017: Deadline for controlling submissions & Publication of the definitive listing of submitted projects


July-November 2017: Shortlisting of entries by the national juries
October 2017:
– Comparative European analysis of the shortlisted ideas
– Forum of Cities and Juries
November 2017: Final selection of the winning projects by the national juries


Fri. 1 December 2017: Results Announcement
November 2018: Inter-Sessions Forum



Winners receive a reward of the equivalent of €12,000 (all taxes included) in the currency of the site’s country (at the exchange rate on the date of the announcement of the results). The organizers undertake to abide by the decisions of the national juries and to pay the reward within 90 days of the announcement of the results.


Runners-up receive a reward of the equivalent of €6,000 (all taxes included) in the currency of site’s country (at the exchange rate on the date of the announcement of the results). The organizers undertake to abide by the decisions of the national juries and to pay the reward within 90 days of the announcement of the results.

Special Mentions

A Special Mention can be awarded to a project considered innovative although not completely adapted to the site. The authors of such proposals do not receive a reward.


Registration to the competition is done through the European website (Registration section) and implies the payment of a €150 fee. There shall be no refund of the registration fee.

The fee includes access to one Complete Site File and the printing of the panels –necessary for the evaluation– on a rigid support by the national secretariats.

Payment is automatically confirmed on the website. The team can then access a personal area and the digital entry area, and download the Complete Site File for the selected site.

An additional Complete Site File costs €50 per site.


Digital submission is compulsory. It includes the 3 A1 panels, documents proving the eligibility of the team members and documents for the communication of the project. The complete submissions shall be submitted by midnight (GMT+1) on 30 June 2017, on the European website (Entry section).

Failure to comply with the hereunder-mentioned requirements on panel presentation may result in the disqualification of the team. The number of entries per site is available on the European website on the European map of the sites (column on the right).

Anonymity and Compulsory Content

The site name and the project title must be displayed on every A1 panel.

A specific code is automatically attributed to each project upon upload. The teams do not know this code, through which the jury members take note of the project. The teams’ identities are revealed via an automatic link between the code and the team on the online projects database.


The panels shall be either written in English or bilingual (English + the site language).

Items to Submit

Submissions include documents divided as follows:

  • –  3 vertical A1 project panels;
  • –  Documents proving the eligibility of the team members;
  • –  Documents for communication (3 images + a short text)

    A1 Panels

    The 3 panels must:

    • explain the urban ideas developed in the project with regards to the site issues and the themes of the session;
    • develop the project as a whole, highlighting the architecture of the project, and particularly the relationship between the new developments and the site’s existing context, including three-dimensional representations of the project;
    • develop the method foreseen for the implementation process. All graphic and descriptive documents must have a graphic scale.


The competition results can be the opportunity for publications in every organizing or associate country. The European secretariat publishes a catalogue with the European results along with expert analyses. This catalogue is available either for free consultation or for sale on the European website

Websites are open by the national structures to promote the current session, future events and archives (previous sessions, team portraits, etc.) At the European level, the European website allows participants to find information on all the sites, to register to the competition, to submit their projects and to know all the results of the current session on the European level.

Go to the competition’s website