Copenhagen named European city of the year

Copenhagen wins European City of the Year at the 2017 Urbanism Awards, praising Copenhagen for its green, democratic approach to urban planning putting citizens at the heart of decision-making.

A decade after the city’s first win, Copenhagen took home the European City of the Year award at the 2017 Urbanism Award.

The award applauds the Danish capital’s vision to foster green living and good conditions for pedestrians and cyclists. The Academy judges also praised the city for its collaborative approach to city planning, which has over the past 20-years put citizens at the heart of decision-making. Copenhagen’s open governance and ‘unplanned planning’ have resulted in a string of exceptional spaces, which have blurred the lines between private and public ownership.

“A worthy winner”

“Copenhagen is a capital city that has set the standard for intelligent, inclusive and sustainable urban management over the last 40 years,” said Steven Bee, the chair of the academy.

“It continues to grow within its established borders, creating new neighbourhoods of high densities with high levels of amenities, along with distinctive neighbourhoods around an accessible and inclusive centre that makes the most of its harbour-side setting. It is a worthy winner”.

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Copenhagen is a smart city test lab 

The European City of the Year award is one of five given out annually by British organisation The Academy of Urbanism to recognise the best, most enduring or most improved cities, towns, neighbourhoods, streets and places. Voted on by leading architects, planners and developers, each award looks at a number of social, economic and environmental factors, including good governance and commercial success.

“Copenhagen is a frontrunner in green transformation, renewable energy, up- and recycling, sustainable mobility and smart urban solutions. The city’s bold vision of becoming carbon-neutral by 2025 has attracted leading smart city companies such as Cisco and Hitachi, who are testing and developing solutions in collaboration with the City of Copenhagen and its citizens. If your company is interested in discovering Copenhagen’s many test labs, we are here to help,” says Claus Lønborg, CEO, Copenhagen Capacity.

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New neighbourhoods

The Academy of Urbanism jury travelled to Copenhagen and visited areas and sites such as Sluseholmen, Israels Plads, Cykelslangen and Kødbyen, the meatpacking district.

Copenhagen fought off strong competition from fellow finalists Eindhoven (the Netherlands) and Montpellier (France) to win the 2017 European City of the Year award.

(Source: The Academy of Urbanism)