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Clonakilty Urban Design Wins Gubbio Prize 2018

Published: Thursday, February 07, 2019

Following an independent nomination process, Clonakilty 400 Masterplan was the winner of the European Category of the prestigious Gubbio Prize 2018. Awarded by ANCSA, the Italian association of historical urban areas, since 1990, the Gubbio Prize recognises excellence in contemporary interventions to historical centres. Previous winners include the notable Portuguese Architect, Alvaro Siza, who won the Gubbio Prize in 1993 and Mario Botta who won the 2000 edition.

Clonakilty 400 Masterplan emerged as Winner from over thirty-two entries from across Europe in the triannual competition, whose 2018 edition was relaunched by Nicola Russi, member of the Board of ANCSA and Head of the Gubbio Prize 2018.
Originally from Italy, Giulia Vallone, MRIAI, of Cork County Council’s Architects Department was invited by the Gubbio Prize committee to present the Clonakilty 400 Masterplan framework project to an Italian speaking audience, and received the prize on behalf of Cork County Council at a ceremony in Gubbio last December.

Clonakilty 400 included the masterplanning of a series of interconnected projects including the urban redesign of Asna Square, Pearse Street, Emmet Square and a new Michael Collins Museum through an inclusive community-lead process of design and delivery. This successful project provides a benchmark model for the future of small Irish towns in their endeavours to revitalise their dwindling main streets. 

Clonakilty 400 Masterplan Phase 1 won the RIAI Public Choice Award in 2014, while Phase 2 won ‘Best Place’ in the RIAI Architecture Awards 2017.

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