12. January 2013 /

Town Centre of Venray - Best Public Space 2012 (NL)

Last month Ruud Dubbeld, director and landscape architect at MTD landschapsarchitecten, was presented with the Falco Award for the 'Best Public Space 2012' at the National Public Space Congress in Madurodam, the Netherlands. The award was presented for the winning project ‘Redevelopment of Public Space in the town centre of Venray.’

The project 'Venray Town Centre' was one of the 3 finalists nominated for the award out of a total number of 42 entries. The competition was organised by the trade journal Stedelijk Interieur, and the project was eventually chosen by an adjudicating panel of 15 professionals in the field as the Best Public Space of 2012 in the Netherlands. MTD landschapsarchitecten had previously presented the project to the adjudicating panel, and they determined the winner on the basis of 3 criteria: the use of public space, the spatial/aesthetic quality, and the involvement of the various target groups in the planning process. At the end of 2011 the project had already won first prize for the 'Best Small Inner City 2011-2013', which was awarded by the Retail Trade Association of the Netherlands. From various points of view the project seems to have harvested a great deal of appreciation. The project has subsequently fulfilled a major exemplary function for other municipalities in the Netherlands, and shows that investments in public space pays and provides a sustainable contribution to the economic and social importance of town and village centres.

All images courtesy of MTD landschapsarchitecten.

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