Press Release: ISOCARP Awards for Excellence

Bodø, October 3, 2018

Five Awards for Excellence winning projects bestowed by ISOCARP during the Award Ceremony in Bodø, Norway

The ISOCARP Awards for Excellence (AfE), rewarding urban and regional plans in design phase as well as projects in progress or already implemented, were bestowed for the 12th time on October 3, 2018 during the annual ISOCARP conference held in Bodø, Norway. This year, a record number of 17 entries were evaluated by five experienced professional planners, who decided to award the following two projects as Grand Award Winners, as well as additional three projects as Merit Award Winners.

2018 Grand Award for Excellence Winners:

 “My Street” Program for Moscow streets redesign, by LLC Strelka KB, Russia

 “Based on a complex and comprehensive analysis of over 3,500 streets in Moscow, the programme provides a systematic approach as a tool for dealing with a range of urban challenges: on the strategic level, the ‘Guidelines for Urban Improvement’ are seen as a driver of fundamental changes in the city; on the operational level, the ‘Set of Design Solutions’ based on five key principles (diversity, safety, comfort, identity, and ecological performance) offers innovative instructions for implementation.”

Wuhan East Lake Greenway Implementation Plan,
by Wuhan Land Use and Urban Spatial Planning Research Center (WLSP), China

 “The core feature of the East Lake Greenway Plan is the creation of an online platform for public participation and exploring the ways for the public to contribute with their ideas: the purpose was not only motivating more people to offer the visions, but also making people real decision-makers.”


2018 Merit Awards for Excellence Winners:

Urban Design in Enshi, China: The Win-Win of Nature, Culture and Economy in Poverty Minority Area, by Nanjing Southeast University Urban Planning & Design Institute, China

 “In response to the ecological damage and loss of minority culture caused by the pursuit of rapid economic growth in Enshi as one of the impoverished mountainous areas of western China, this innovative project revises the original urban development plan and launches a series of urban design strategies to achieve a win-win situation for economic growth, natural protection and continuation of minority culture.”

Taihu Lake Region: Ecological Space Planning and Implementation, 
by Jiangsu Provincial Department of Housing and Urban-Rural Development, Jiangsu Institute of Urban Planning and Design, Urbanisation and Urban Rural Planning Research Center of Jiangsu and Security Support Center for Urban Water Supply of Jiangsu, China

 “Through a number of mechanisms, e.g. regional Green Heart conservation, trans-regional coordination, multi-functional programmes, legislation and policies, the plan comprehensively explores the transformation model of sustainable consumption and production patterns.”

Northern Zone, Shougang Park, City of Beijing
, by Beijing Municipal Institute of City Planning & Design (BICP), The Shougang Group, City of Beijing and Joyful Cities Consulting Inc./ Dr. Stanley Yip, China

 “The revitalisation of its Northern Zone is a demonstration project, clearly responding to the demands of the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing. As a result, the innovative plan revolves around three development pillars – to drive Beijing to achieve sustainability, to be climate resilient, and to effectively respond to economic transformation.”

Four out of five awarded teams came to Bodø to present their project to the congress audience. For more information on the projects click here.



The International Society of City and Region Planners (ISOCARP) is a non-governmental organisation, with consultative status at UNESCO, recognised by the United Nations and the Council of Europe. It is a global professional association, founded in 1965 with the vision of reuniting the most recognised and experienced city and regional planners around the globe in a network that allows for extending their experiences and knowledge. It has members in more than 80 countries. 

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