Review of the award ceremony for the German Urban Development Award 2020

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Christina Simon-Philipp, Jury Chair 2020

The German Urban Development Award (Deutscher Städtebaupreis, DSP) has been awarded for 40 years to promote forward-looking planning and urban development culture. The prize, which is endowed with a total of €25,000, recognises urban development projects that are characterised by sustainable and innovative contributions to urban development culture. It is awarded by the German Academy for Urban and Regional Planning (DASL) and sponsored by the Wüstenrot Foundation.

The digital award ceremony with accompanying symposium took place with great resonance on 23rd April 2021 at the Akademie der Künste at Pariser Platz in Berlin. Prof. Dr.-Ing. Christina Simon-Philipp chaired the seven-member jury in 2020. The jury selected the project "Quartier am ehemaligen Blumengroßmarkt in Berlin" as the winner from 81 entries.

"The Quartier am ehemaligen Blumengroßmarkt in Berlin Kreuzberg is exemplary for a co-creative urban redevelopment that focuses on living and working together and pursues long-term sustainable development strategies in the neighbourhood. The project sets orientation and standards for socially oriented urban development supported by diverse actors and is particularly exemplary in the sense of the German Urban Development Award. [...]", says Christina Simon-Philipp.

In addition to the German Urban Development Award, the special prize was also awarded with this year's theme: "Urban development revisited: Prizes - Practice - Perspectives". Projects that were honoured with a prize or award between 1980 and 2010 were assessed. The first place went to the project "Städtebaulicher Entwicklungsbereich Stuttgarter Strasse, Französisches Viertel" in Tübingen.

From the next award in 2022 onwards, Prof. Dr.-Ing. Christina Simon-Phillip will be taking over from Prof. Werner Durth, TU Darmstadt, as curator of the German Urban Design Award for the following years.

Christina Simon-Philipp, Professor of Urban Planning and Urban Development
In addition to her teaching activities at the Faculty of Architecture and Design, she has been the Dean of Studies of the Master's programme in Urban Planning since 2013. Furthermore, she has been head of the Centre for Sustainable Urban Development (ZNS) at the Institute for Applied Research (IAF) at HFT Stuttgart since 2014.   

Further information and videos on individual projects at www.staedtebaupreis.de

Publish date: 29. April 2021 By Cornelia Jänicke ()