1st European Award of Excellence "City for Children"

Documentation Award 2009

The Documentation of the 1st European Award of Excellence "City for Children" 2009 can be downloaded here.

 

Award Categories 2009

1. Design of Open Spaces and Play Areas

2. Mobility and Traffic Safety

 

Information flyer for the Award 2009 is available for download in English or German

 

Four cities awarded the 1st European Award of Excellence "City for Children" 2009

In the context of the 3rd Annual Conference Cities for Children on 29th and 30th June in Stuttgart, the 1st European Award of Excellence „City for Children“ was awarded for the first time to four European cities for their innovative, child-friendly projects. The festive Award Ceremony took place in the Mercedes-Benz Museum with the kind support of the Daimler Group.

The winners received the artistically designed prizes from the former Formula-1 World Champion and MobileKids Ambassador, Mika Häkkinen and the UNICEF-Ambassador Nana Mouskouri. The cities of Malmö and Darmstadt were recognised for outstanding projects in the Category “Design of Open Spaces and Play Areas”. Liverpool and Munich convinced the Jury in the category “Mobility and Traffic Safety”. The prizes were donated by the Trump Group.

Furthermore, the Cities of Odense, Karlsruhe, Satu Mare, Elblag, Salzgitter and Peristeri received Certificates of Special Recognition for their Award applications from Jury members Ulrich Bohner, Secretary General of the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe and Jeremy Smith, Secretary General of the Council of European Municipalities and Regions.

Article by Simone Hübener about the nominated projects in the Category "Design of Open Spaces and Play Areas" in german-architects.com (German only)

 

Award Ceremony in the Mercedes-Benz Museum on 29th June 2009

In the context of the 3rd Annual Conference Cities for Children on 29th and 30th June in Stuttgart, the 1st European Award of Excellence „City for Children“ was awarded for the first time to four European cities for their innovative, child-friendly projects. The festive Award Ceremony took place in the Mercedes-Benz Museum with the kind support of the Daimler Group.

The winners received the prizes from the former Formula-1 World Champion and MobileKids Ambassador, Mika Häkkinen and the UNICEF-Ambassador Nana Mouskouri. The cities of Malmö and Darmstadt were recognised for outstanding projects in the Category “Design of Open Spaces and Play Areas”. Liverpool and Munich convinced the Jury in the category “Mobility and Traffic Safety”. The artistically designed prizes were donated by the Trump Group.

Foto: Jörg Howe, Dr. Ingrid Hamm, Nana Mouskouri, Dr. Wolfgang Schuster, Mika Häkkinen

 

Winners

Laudatio Nana Mouskouri for the Category Design of Open Spaces and Play Areas

Laudatio Mika Häkkinen for the Category Mobility and Traffic Safety

Clockwise: David Ng and Rhonda Barnes, City of Liverpool with Mika Häkkinen; Dr. Wilfried Blume-Beyerle, City of Munich with Mika Häkkinen; Dr. Harald Kissel, Doris Fath, Sozialdezernent Jochen Partsch, City of Darmstadt with Nana Mouskouri; Ewa Sundström, Caroline Lundholm, Deputy Mayor Agneta Eriksson, Gunnar Ericson, Patrik Widerberg, City of Malmö with Nana Mouskouri

 

Special Recognition

 

The Jury awarded Certificates of Special Recognition to the Cities of Odense, Karlsruhe and Satu Mare for the "Design of Open Spaces and Play Areas" and to the Cities of Elblag, Salzgitter and Peristeri for "Mobility and Traffic Safety". The Certificates were handed to the city representatives by Jury members Ulrich Bohner, Secretary General of the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe and Jeremy Smith, Secretary General of the Council of European Municipalities and Regions.

First European Award of Excellence "City for Children": Six cities on the Shortlist

The European Award of Excellence "City for Children" is being awarded for the first time this year. The City of Stuttgart and the Network Cities for Children will be awarding this prize annually in conjunction with the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe, the Council of European Municipalities and Regions and the Robert Bosch Stiftung, to European cities with more than 100,000 inhabitants, which present innovative and outstanding projects in the field of child friendliness.

A jury chaired by Dr. Martin Schairer, Deputy Mayor for Law, Order and Security of the City of Stuttgart, met yesterday in Stuttgart's City Hall to decide on the shortlist for this year's award. Overall, 68 applications from 20 European countries were submitted. Three cities are on the shortlist for the prize for each of the two Award categories. In the category "Design of Open Spaces and Play Areas” the cities of Zürich, Malmö and Darmstadt are in the final round. The jury members will be evaluating these projects on site in the coming weeks. In the category "Mobility and Traffic Safety", the decision will be made between Gothenburg, Munich and Liverpool.

The winner of each category will be announced at a festive Award Ceremony in the Mercedes-Benz Museum on 29th June 2009. Guests from all over Europe are expected in Stuttgart at this event, on the occasion of the 3rd Annual Conference Cities for Children. Since the founding of the City Network by Mayor Dr. Wolfgang Schuster and the Robert Bosch Stiftung in June 2007, 53 cities from 26 countries have become members, in order to exchange strategies on how to enhance the quality of life for children, youth and families in the urban environment.

 

1st European Award of Excellence „City for Children” receives an overwhelming international response from cities such as Dublin, Gothenburg,The Hague, Zurich, Munich and Krakow

In 2009, the European Award of Excellence „City for Children“ will be awarded for the first time by the City of Stuttgart, in cooperation with the Robert Bosch Stiftung, the European Network Cities for Children, the Council of European Municipalities and Regions and the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe. The initiators will be presenting the Award in the two categories “Design of Open Spaces and Playgrounds” and “Mobility and Traffic Safety”.

With 64 entries from 19 European countries, at the application deadline on 15th December 2008, all expectations were exceeded. Entries came from diverse cities and countries ranging from Dublin in Ireland, Gaziantep in Turkey, Gothenburg in Sweden, Mulhouse in France, Odense in Denmark, Peristeri in Greece and The Hague in the Netherlands, to name only a few. Also, numerous German cities such as Hamm, Cologne, Leipzig, Munich and Salzgitter, as well as many Eastern European cities such as Krakow, Lodz, Rijeka, Brno and Riga applied.

“The overwhelmingly positive response to the Award ‘City for Children’ is impressive proof of the great importance European cities attach to child-friendly city planning, as well as traffic safety for children”, says Roswitha Wenzl, Commissioner for Children’s Affairs of the City of Stuttgart. In response to this need for developing and promoting child-friendly policies, the City of Stuttgart founded the European Network Cities for Children in cooperation with the Robert Bosch Stiftung in 2007. This Network aims to facilitate the exchange of best practices between European cities, so as to enhance the lives of children and families in these cities. Working groups exchange and develop strategies designed, for instance, to promote the balance between work and family life or to foster an intergenerational dialogue. At present, the network comprises 52 member cities from 26 European countries.

The “City for Children” Award will be presented for innovative, exemplary projects which promise long-term success and which have been developed and implemented together with children, youth, parents and/or senior citizens. The applications are currently being assessed and evaluated by experts, who will present the projects to an international Jury panel in April. The Jury will then decide which cities are to receive on-site visits in May in order to further assess the projects. Next to the initiators of the Award, experts in city planning and traffic safety will be jury members. In the framework of the 3rd Annual Conference Cities for Children on 29th and 30th June 2009, the winning cities in both categories will be announced.