The Academy of Urbanism has awarded Rotterdam with the title of Best City in Europe following a vote by its members, which include Lord Richard Rogers and Sir Terry Farrell. Reasons given for this selection were the city’s unique approach to governance - such as enabling the mayor to act outside of political structures with greater flexibility and engagement with the people - and attitudes towards the urban realm.
Speaking on the decision, Chairman of the Academy Steven Bee said: “The City has a predominantly young, open, tolerant community that is embracing innovative architecture and urban design and new business models. Its strategy is to attract families and businesses to the central area with a variety of housing, excellent public transport and a lively public realm.”
Other titles presented during the Urbanism Awards were: Great Town Award to Aberystwyth in Wales; Great Street Award to Bridge Street/North Street in Taunton, Devon; Great Neighbourhood Award to Holbeck Urban Village in Yorkshire; and Great Place Award to St Pancras International in London.