The Federal Ministry of Transport, Building and Urban Development (BMVBS) has for the second time run a competition for the National Prize for Integrated Urban Development and the Built Environment. On this occasion projects from the field of sport were also encouraged to submit applications and take part. The awards were given in a total of four categories: Buildings and Urban Space, Region and Countryside, Common Good and Civil Society and Energy and Infrastructure.
The competition looks for pilot projects and best practice procedures from the past ten years, which make innovative contributions to a socially just urban society and ecologically sustainable, economically successful urban development and which stimulate a rollout from pilot scenario to normal practice. They should provide answers to the challenges of demographic, ecological and economic change.
The 2006 World Cup was the spur for the ‘Sportkreis’ to initiate intercultural network projects in the Gallus district. They link together sport, education, culture and training and express the identity of the area as one of the most international parts of the city. Thus, for example, a kick-about pitch was created in Gallus Park, which has now become a central venue of communication between the different generations in the district and a place for games and exercise.
Since 2007, the ‘Gallus – 1-1 for training’ project has been bringing young people in search of training places together with companies in the district. Here the commitment to sport shown by the former has often been an excellent reference. The awards committees met on 28th and 29th June to decide who would receive the prizes. The winners were announced and the awards presented on Thursday during the international ‘Urban Energies’ congress in Berlin.