Europan is organised once every two years in some twenty European countries. Together, these countries make real sites available for which young designers can make a plan. Architecture, urban design and landscape are recurring aspects in the assignments that the municipalities and developers present to the participants. By offering such a variety of assignments Europan encourages multi-disciplinary teams to enter the competition.

The distinguishing feature of Europan is that the organisation does not confine itself to a competition of ideas but, in a second phase, the winners actually receive a brief, either in the form of realising their winning Europan design, or in the form of an alternative commission. In this way Europan supports the winning architects in acquiring what is frequently their first commission.

Europan 11

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For the designers Europan 11 commenced on 28 February 2011 via the international competition web site. Six sites were made available in the Netherlands: Duin in Almere, Amstel III in Amsterdam, De Hoven 2 in Capelle aan den IJssel, Havenkwartier, De Silo's sub-area in Deventer, Potentiaal building in Eindhoven and Kanaalzone in Leeuwarden.

In total 437 teams registered for one of the Dutch Europan 11 sites and 275 of these teams actually submitted an entry. There were 41 entries for the site in Almere, 38 for Amsterdam, 45 for Capelle aan den IJssel, 60 for Deventer, 32 for Eindhoven and 59 for Leeuwarden.

Four entries were disqualified: two because Europan received no panels from them and two failed to comply with the regulations. All of the 271 entries accepted for the Dutch sites are presented on this web site.

The adjudication took place in two stages. During the first stage the jury selected a total of 53 plans from the 275 entries. These were discussed during the "Europan 11 Forum of Cities and Juries", the international meeting held in Oslo, after which the jury selected six winners, six runners-up and seven special mentions.
> Full jury report (PDF)

For more information about the winning plans, interviews with the winners, essays, the Dutch winners abroad and the current status of Europan 1-10 we refer you to the national publication about Europan 11.
The Europan 11 publication was compiled and edited by: Emmie Vos, assisted by Sandra Mellaart
Design: Martine Mathijsen
Publisher: SUN Boom
ISBN: 978 94 6105 8737
Retail price: € 29.50

Jury for the entries for the Dutch Europan 11 sites

  • Floor Arons - architect Arons en Gelauff architecten (winner Europan 4 Amsterdam)
  • Kristiaan Borret (BE) - town architect Antwerp
  • Helena Casanova (ES) - architect Casanova+Hernandez architecten (winner Europan 6 Groningen and Europan 7 Den Haag)
  • Joost Glissenaar – architect (winner Europan 5 Amsterdam)
  • Hanneke Kijne - landschape architect HOSPER NL landscape architecture and urban design
  • Marien de Langen - director Stadsgenoot
  • Han Meyer - professor urban design TU Delft
  • Astrid Sanson - director Urban Quality, municipality of Rotterdam
  • Matthew Turner (UK) - architect and journalist
  • Karen van Vliet - urban designer BGSV.

Europan 11 has been made possible with the financial support of: the Dutch Ministries of Education, Culture and Science (OC&W) and Infrastructure and the Environment (I&M) and the municipalities of Almere, Amsterdam, Capelle aan den IJssel, Deventer and Leeuwarden, Amvest Woningen Nova Projectontwikkeling B.V., Elkien, Havensteder and the Eindhoven University of Technology.

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