Sunday, June 12, 2011

Mexico City Award

Deutsche Bank Urban Age Award Mexico City

193 applications – the 4th Deutsche Bank Urban Age award in Mexico City received the highest number of applications since its establishment in 2007 (2007 Mumbai 73; 2008 Sao Paulo 133; 2009 Istanbul 87).

The submissions reflect the vibrancy and creativity of México City dwellers in facing the social and urban challenges of their city. From a plurality of social and geographical backgrounds the projects indicate that strong and diverse alliances are being built to improve the urban environment and quality of life. The support of universities, local authorities and government programs as well as the cooperation of different community organizations has been an important ingredient for the success of the projects.

Besides the large number of submissions, the Mexican projects are of a general high quality and fall into a diverse range of categories such as education, culture, environment, sanitation, public space, local economies and social integration.

The jury, composed of international urban experts and local figures with knowledge of city’s diverse urban communities, met in Mexico City on 22–24 June to select the winner. Mexican members include architect Jose Castillo as Chair; actress Vanessa Bauche; political analyst and public intellectual Denise Dresser; architect Enrique Norten: artist Betsabeé Romero. They were joined by the former Mayor of Washington DC’s Anthony Williams and Ricky Burdett, the Director of LSE Cities at the London School of Economics.
After the selection of 24 high quality submissions, the jury visited a selection of projects to inspect their implementation on the ground and evaluate their impact on the urban environment and local communities, also to confirm their adherence to the Deutsche Bank Urban Age’s Award selection criteria.

The winner was announced on July 22, 2010 in the presence of Marcelo Ebrard, Mayor of Mexico City. The Ceremony will take place at Centro Cultural Indianilla.

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