What is Europan

Europan is a European competition of ideas, bringing together design professionals, private stakeholders and public representatives of European cities to generate fresh solutions to today’s challenging urban questions. The competition serves a dual purpose: on the one hand it gives young architects, urban designers and landscape professionals the opportunity to turn their ideas into real projects, while on the other hand it offers cities and developers innovative approaches to local urban planning and development. These two functions combine to create a platform for ongoing debate and research on the transformation and mutation of today’s European city.

The competition spans over a two-year period in which some 15 to 20 European countries are involved. Each country provides a series of sites where conditions for future transformations are real. Competitors choose from these sites the one(s) on which they want to submit their projects.

The entries are judged by national juries composed of local and international specialists in the fields of architecture and urbanism.

For more information please do visit:  www.europan-europe.eu

What is the role
of Europan NL?

Europan NL is the new Foundation responsible for the Europan competition in The Netherlands. The Board is formed by a collective of former Europan winners who are all firmly committed to invest their time, enthusiasm and experience to support to the next generation of city thinkers and designers, in the same way that Europan supported them in the past.

The 14th edition of the Europan competition launched with five great sites in Amsterdam on February 13th and is open for registration until June 19, 2017.

With the Europan14th edition, Europan NL wants to re-assign the urban designers a central role in the creation and refurbishment of the public urban quality. In recent years the relations between government and developers have changed and, as a consequence, the quality of urban development projects is at stake. Both parties share an interest in a long-lasting quality however disagreement prevails in many other aspects. In this context, the project of the architect or of the urban planner becomes a tool of mediation between the government and the developers bringing quality to the benefit of the public interest.

This requires a redefinition of the position of the spatial design: in the Netherlands in fact architects have been knocked out from the urban development’s debate with a consequent stagnation and even marginalization of the Dutch architecture. The aim of Europan NL is to report this trend and turn the tide!

For the latest updates and the next steps, check-out our website and follow Europan NL on Facebook and Twitter.

Europan NL Board 


André Kempe (Board member) Architect Atelier KempeThill

Jonathan Woodroffe

Jonathan Woodroffe (Board member) Architect / Urbanist Studio Woodroffe/Papa


Sabine Lebesque (Board member) Strategie en Advies, Senior adviseur Ruimtelijke Kwaliteit, Architectuurhistoricus Grond en Ontwikkeling, Gemeente Amsterdam

Europan NL Secretariat 

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Madir Shah (Director, Europan NL Secretariat) Architect / Urbanist URBANOFFICE Architects

Europan NL Team


Bas Lagendijk (Secretary) Producer

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Jurriënne Heijnen

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Margit Schuster (Photo by Rhalda Jansen)

Contact Europan NL

Secretary Europan NL

For questions regarding the competition process,
press information or for any other inquiries please contact us.

Assistant secretary Europan NL

jurrienne Heijnen


Address Europan NL

Foundation Europan NL

Zeeburgerpad 16

1018 AJ Amsterdam


Foundation News

“Exploring Sites” Europan 17 – Living Cities

learn more about each competition location, ask questions, and interact with site representatives.

Europan is the longest-running and largest design competition in Europe for architects under 40 years old. The 51 locations of Europan 17 model the issues that are currently playing out in many parts of Europe. The Urban Region Breda-Tilburg (SRBT) is the host region for Europan 17 in the Netherlands. In the SRBT, nineteen municipalities, four water authorities, the province of Noord-Brabant, and the national government are collaborating on the sustainable development of the region. The region is participating with six locations (Groenewoud and Kenniskwartier in Tilburg, ‘t Zoet and Schorsmolen in Breda, the shopping center in Etten-Leur, and the Taxandriaweg in Waalwijk).

DAY PROGRAM |Thursday 20 April 

During the day, competition participants will go on an excursion to visit the six locations and receive an in-depth explanation of the assignments. This will be followed by a Q&A session with project leaders representing the participating municipalities. The day will conclude with a public symposium, organized in collaboration with BLASt and CAST.

Site Visits | 9.30 – 12:30
LocHal, Burgemeester Brokxlaan 1000, Tilburg (https://goo.gl/maps/Vr3SRD5Cj6Eg27t87)

Site visits are open to all interested participants who want to learn more about each competition location, ask questions, and interact with site representatives. Please ensure that you arrive before 10:00 AM.After a brief introduction, each group will depart with their respective site representative to visit the competition locations, which include Groenewoud and Kenniskwartier in Tilburg, ‘t Zoet and Schorsmolen in Breda, the shopping center in Etten-Leur, and the Taxandriaweg in Waalwijk.

Insightful Workshops  | 16.00-18:00
MotMot gallery, Belcrumweg 19, Breda ( https://goo.gl/maps/26wrEA6azMHQq6)

In the afternoon, we will reconvene at MotMot Gallery in Breda for six parallel workshops, where participants will have the opportunity to further deepen their understanding of the sites and competition assignments in detail with the site representatives.

Symposium Living Cities | 19:30-21:15 (room opens at 19:00)
MotMot gallery, Belcrumweg 19, Breda ( https://goo.gl/maps/26wrEA6azMHQq6BY9)

During the evening program, which is open to everyone, we will delve deeper into the importance of the SRBT and competitions such as Europan, as well as the six locations and their corresponding themes. We will talk to:

Bas van der Pol (Alderman of the Municipality of Tilburg) and Bas van Rijsbergen (Director of Urban Development of the Municipality of Breda) about the value and strength of Europan for the participating municipalities.

Ton Venhoeven (VenhoevenCS architecture+urbanism) will give a Keynote presentation on Living Cities.

Peter van Schie (Urban Planner of the Municipality of Breda) and Marco Visser (Urban Planner of the Municipality of Tilburg) will discuss the significance of participating in Europan for the SRBT.

Sabine Lebesque (Europan NL) with a brief introduction on Europan. What is Europan, and what does it stand for?

We will conclude the evening with a panel discussion in which we further delve into themes such as broad prosperity, new urbanity, and mobility.

The presentation and moderation will be conducted by Sophie Stravens. The language used for this evening will be English.

E17 – Living Cities on Breda Nu!

We are delighted and thankful to Breda Nu for this Wonderfull report!

Published on 29-03-2023, from 1 min onwards.

Europan NL and the Stedelijke Regio Breda Tilburg (SRBT) are proud to announce six locations in the region for Europan 17. These sites have been and designated as “prototypical development sites” due to their unique characteristics.

The kick-off of the six Dutch Europan Europe locations. Presenting, ‘t Zoet and Schorsmolen in Breda, Shoppingcentre in Etten-Leur, Groenewoud and Kenniskwartier in Tilburg and the Taxandriaweg in Waalwijk. 

Looking forward to meeting participants at #sitevisit on April 20th. 

Organised by BLASt and CAST Architectuurcentrum in collaboration with Europan NL. 

E17 – Living Cities – 6 prototypical sites Launched

Dear Europan competitors,

Europan NL and the Stedelijke Regio Breda Tilburg (SRBT) are proud to announce six locations in the region for Europan 17. These sites have been and designated as “prototypical development sites” due to their unique characteristics. We are confident that these sites will provide a challenging and exciting context for the competition. The municipalities of Breda, Tilburg, Etten-Leur and Waalwijk believe that these locations hold tremendous potential for innovative and impactful design solutions. 



The Europan15 NL publication is available now!

It’s the continuing story of the Europan 15 NL competition in Rotterdam that kicked off in 2019. The housing crisis, the climate crisis and the increasing unaffordability of urban centres were on the agendas of all major European cities. The competition’s theme, the Productive City, sought to address these problems.


After a 2 year’s period of Covid 19 pandemic this publication presents a story that is both catalogue of the projects as they were when they were submitted in 2019, and a reflection on the continuing process in Rotterdam. We noticed that during the pandemic cities were suddenly used in a fundamentally different way, but among the entries for Europan15 proved remarkably timely for their agile and human-oriented approach. All insights have been collected in this publication which reads as a guideline for a new holistic way of making city.

More information on the winners, runners-up & special mentions via www.e15rotterdam.nl

Partners: AIR, Architectuur Instituut Rotterdam, Gemeente Rotterdam, AM Gebiedsontwikkeling, Dudok Real Estate, Heijmans, BPD Gebiedsontwikkeling, Woonstad Rotterdam
Publication: graphic design Loes Sikkes visualcommunication | editors Martine Zoeteman, Jessica Cullen, Marieke Berkers | photography Frank Hanswijk | event photgraphy Fred Ernst | inside cover Kunstenvliegwerkluchtfoto | printed by Veenman+

The publication is available for free via the naibooksellers shop at Het Nieuwe Instituut, drop by or order your copy!


This Europan edition, the challenges in Rotterdam turned out to be popular amongst young architects. From the 901 projects that have been submitted on the 47 European sites in 12 countries, 123 proposals were submitted for the five Rotterdam sites.




WINNER: Makers’ Maze
Authors: Erica Chladova (CZ, architect), Izabela Slodka (PL, architect).
RUNNER-UP: Platform of Commons
Authors: Alexandra Chairetaki (GR, architect urbanist), Alessandra Farina (IT, architect).

Kop Dakpark:
WINNER: Hybrid Parliament
Authors: Miquel Ruiz (ES, architect), Joan Gener (ES, architect), Adrià Orriols (ES, architect). Collaborators: Daniel Gomez Massana (ES, architect), Ariana Ribas Garcia (ES, architect).
RUNNER-UP: Coop*Work*Park
Authors: Anna Pierotello (IT, architect), Virginia Chiappa Nunez (IT, architect).

WINNER: Rambla + Kapsalon
Author: Guillem Colomer (ES, architect).
RUNNER-UP: Productive Void
Authors: Michael Daane Bolier (NL, architect), Dorus Meurs (NL, architect).
SPECIAL MENTION: Rotterdam Housing-Hub
Author: David Tantimonaco (IT, architect).

Groot IJsselmonde:
WINNER: Hartland
Authors: Zuzana Jancovicova (SK, landscape architect), Davor Dusanic (SI, landscape architect), Katarina Labathova (SK, architect), Ida Bjallerbæk Pedersen (DK, architect).
RUNNER-UP: Semi-Urban
Authors: Gijs De Haan (NL, architect urbanist), Corné Strootman (NL, landscape architect), Vincent Peters (NL, landscape architect).

Brainpark I:
WINNER: Team Brainpark 
Authors: Wouter Keizer (NL, architect), Ule Koopmans (NL, architect). Collaborators: Douwe Strating (NL, architect), Lieke De Jong (NL, landscape architect), Anna Decker (NL, sociologist).
SPECIAL MENTION: Building upon Brainpark
Authors: Kevin Westerveld (NL, architect), Nima Morkoc (NL, architect), Hedwig Van Der Linden (NL, architect), Lars Kloeg (NL, architect).
SPECIAL MENTION: Elegy for the Office Park
Authors: Andrea Bit (IT, architect), Maciej Wieczorkowski (PL, architect), Robert Van Der Pol (NL, landscape architect).

Looking for up to date information about the winning Europan 15 Netherlands’ projects? Head on over to www.e15rotterdam.nl for more details!

Launch Five E15 Sites in Rotterdam

New Gateways to the Productive City

Europan NL, Rotterdam Architecture Institute (AIR) and the municipality of Rotterdam are proud to propose five locations for Europan 15. All five have been designated ‘high priority’ development sites by the municipality.


Rotterdam is growing. The city aims to build 50,000 new homes in the next decade and to vigorously enhance the quality and energy performance of the existing built environment. In short, Rotterdam is looking for ‘good growth’: building a compact, circular, productive, healthy and inclusive city with equal opportunities and high quality of living for everyone. It aims to be a vibrant and welcoming place for people of all walks of life, ages and beliefs. Citizens of Rotterdam should be able to live productive lives by working, learning, caring or in any other way contributing to the development of the city and its narratives. Therefore, it is important to remove barriers, to increase connectivity, to collaborate on ‘making city’ and to move forward on the rich Rotterdam tradition in architectural experiment and innovation.


For Europan 15, five sites have been selected within the city of Rotterdam that could catalyse opportunities on multiple levels. Places that could enhance the city’s social resiliency and contribute to ‘good growth’. These five sites will be a testing ground for the new Rotterdam vision and regulatory framework on spatial and socioeconomic developments, called the Omgevingsvisie (Environmental Strategy). This framework is currently being drafted by the municipality. Because of its holistic approach, it should accelerate innovative spatial solutions and sustainable socioeconomic developments. It is supported by an extensive participatory process and an action research program. The Europan 15 sites have been selected to implement this process, through research by design and its aim of implementing exemplary projects. The five assignments are in line with the theme of Europan 15 and the central themes of the Omgevingsvisie: Productive, Inclusive, Circular, Healthy and Compact City.


In addition to the Europan 15 competition process, there is an extensive public learning programme, including public events, workshops, masterclasses and a storytelling campaign. Europan 15 is initiated by Europan NL, Architectuur Instituut Rotterdam, the municipality of Rotterdam and aims to connect a strong network of committed and innovative private parties.


This period is a crucial moment in de urban development of Rotterdam. For the municipality, the possibility of acquiring diverse new ideas, testing the scope of the Omgevingsvisie, and at the same time providing opportunities to young talent, is the main reason for the cooperation with Europan 15.

Enter the Europan 15 competition and contribute to Rotterdam’s search for good growth and the urban work-and-live environments of the future.


Follow Europan 15 NL via: www.e15rotterdam.nl

EUROPAN 14 Awards – 08.03.2018

We would like to invite you all to join us for the Awards ceremony and exhibition on 8th march 2018. Respected Mr.Laurens Ivens, Alderman building and living and Mr. Pierre van Rossum, Director Grond and Ontwikkeling Amsterdam will be the chief guests for the event.

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113 entries for five locations in Amsterdam!

On 1 September the Technical jury came together to review the 113 entries that Europan received for five sites in Amsterdam. This review is a preparatory step before the national jury comes together for the first time.

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The technical jury was pleased to see the diversity and quality of the responses to the competition theme. Based on the different conditions of the five locations the received entries came up with a variety of special project ideas and development strategies, addressing the public quality of the specific place.

The technical jury welcomes the interesting and valuable new perspectives on the development of the city. The entries will lead to fruitful discussions between jury members and the city representatives, giving new impulses to the development of the city.

The national Jury will meet end of September and on 3rd of November will be the final selection of entries with afterwards a public expert-meeting on ideas for innovative commissioning. The announcement of the winners is on 1st of December.


New Europan NL secretary appointed

We are happy to welcome Bas Lagendijk to the Europan NL team. Bas studied spatial design at the Willlem de Kooning academy in Rotterdam. Before joining Europan NL, Bas helped to develop the international profile of Beijing based MAD architects, was the press officer for OMA, and worked as a co-writer for the Lego Architecture Studio set (21050). He is a regular guest critic and taught at Tsinghua University in Beijing and the University of Technology in Xi’an.

Forum of Results in Badajoz (ES)

During the forum, there was an opportunity to debate the “Productive Cities” theme and discover how some European cities have already put the topic into practice, by making some districts more dynamic through keeping or developing productive activities at the very heart of the city. During this debate Amsterdam city representative Sabine Lebesque and Europan NL Board members Madir Shah and Jonathan Woodroffe presented the five sites that have been selected for the E14 competition.

Alle prijsvraaglocaties Europan 14 in Amsterdam

Voor het eerst bevinden alle prijsvraaglocaties van Europan Nederland zich in één stad. Voor Europan 14 (http://europan.nl/) zijn vijf plaatsen aangewezen in Amsterdam, variërend van een schoolterrein tot stationsplein. Het thema van deze editie is Productive cities.

De uitkomsten van Europan in Amsterdam moeten bijdragen aan de ontwikkelingsstrategie Koers 2025 (https://www.amsterdam.nl/bestuur-organisatie/volg-beleid/koers-2025-amsterdam /ontwikkelstrategie/), die de stad heeft uitgezet voor de bouw van 50.000 nieuwe woningen in de komende negen jaar. Ook bieden de plannen ruimte aan voorzieningen en bedrijven. Hoe deze ontwikkelingen vorm gaan krijgen, is een opgave waar onder andere de deelnemers aan Europan 14 zich over kunnen buigen.


New organisation selected to run Europan NL

Europan Europe is pleased to announce that a new Europan NL organisation has been selected to start the search for sites for the 14th session of the competition, which will be launched at the beginning of 2017. The new organisation shall also take responsibility for the follow-up of the Europan 13 winning teams to help them implement their winning projects.

Photograph: Madir Shah (URBANOFFICE Architects), André Kempe (Atelier Kempe Thill), Olof van de Wal (architecture curator), Helena Casanova (Casanova + Hernandez Architecten), Didier Rebois (Secretary General Europan Europe) and Jonathan Woodroffe (S333 Architecture + Urbanism).