There really is no better model than Europe for walkable neighborhoods, so it should be of special note when Europeans recognize the top urban developments of the last 25 years! The International jury of the 2008 Philippe Rotthier European Prize presents their ten winners via this A Vision of Europe website and forthcoming book.
Here are the true benchmarks of walkable urbanism (note the European flavor in the descriptions), and remember, these are recognized as the best within the last 25 years:
Best Operation of Urban Renaissance in a suburban city – Plessis-Robinson, France (pictured)
Best New City – Val d’Europe, Ile-de-France
Best Reconstruction of an Historic Center – Historisches Gesellschaft DresdenNeumarkt, Dresden, Germany
Best Reconstruction of a City Center – Palermo, Italy
Best New Village – Poundbury, Dorchester, UK
Best Public Intervention – Rathaus Viertel, Gladbeck, Germany
Best Neighbourhood Center – Borgo CittÃƒÂ Nuova, Alessandria, Italy
Best European Urban Plaza – Plaza del Juncal, Irun, Spain
Best New Garden-City – Heulebrug, Knokke-Heist, Belgium
Best Urban District – Akroken Campus, Sundsval, Sweden
Special Mention: Quality of the City Extension to the Spanish Cities of Alicante, Bilbao, Burgos, Carbajosa de la Sagrada, GijÃƒÂ³n, La CoruÃƒÂ±a, Oviedo, Pamplona, Salamanca,San Sebastian, Santander, Santiago de Compostela, Valladolid, Vitoria.
Thanks to Alessandro Bucci for the reference.