A panel of judges from Germany and the UK have whittled 43 entries down to five finalists competing for the prize.
The winning project will receive €50,000 in prize money as part of the competition, run by real estate firm Eurohypo AG.
The focus of this year's award was on projects from Great Britain and Germany.
The IULA 2009 aimed to find urban design solutions for the challenges of dynamic population changes and shifting economies, as well as creative concepts for social and economic integration within the city and its districts, placing emphasis on energy-efficient and resource optimised construction.
The five projects shortlisted by the jury are:
- Havenwelten — old/new harbour, Bremerhaven
Submitted by: Latz + Partner, Kranzberg
- Lea River Park, east London
Submitted by: Design for London, London Development Authority, London
- Neues Wohnen in Hamburg-Jenfield — an ecological neighbourhood
Submitted by: West 8 Urban Design and Landscape Architecture, Rotterdam
- The LifE Project (long-term initiatives for flood-risk environments in Hackbridge, Peterborough and Littlehampton)
Submitted by: Baca Architects, London
- West Oxford Commons — concept for sustainable development strategy in Oxford.
Submitted by: David Hammond Associates, Oxford
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