|Derry has won this year's Great Town Award at the Urbanism Awards. Photo via edvvc on Flickr.|
At today's Urbanism Awards ceremony in London's Grand Connaught Rooms, Derry~Londonderry was awarded the Great Town Award 2012.
Accepting the Award on behalf of the city, Derry's Deputy Mayor Councillor Kevin Campbell said that the awards were a starting point for the city to continue sharing and exchanging knowledge with Bury St Edmunds and Totnes, the two other Great Town finalists. Councillor Campbell led a strong delegation from Derry City Council to the event.
A poem by Ian McMillan based on the new Peace Bridge in the city will be featured on the Academy of Urbanism website in the next few days.
An inspiring keynote speech at the ceremony by Wally Olins CBE highlighted that people's perceptions of a place can be rooted in the past, but that it is just as important to look to the future. He felt that Derry was a great role model for this attitude.
At PLACE, we are delighted with this result for Derry and for Northern Ireland - PLACE Director Michael Hegarty has been a keen supporter of the campaign: "When added to City of Culture, the nomination of Culturlann for the Stirling Prize and our spectacular new Peace Bridge, people beyond here are now starting to recognise what Derry people have always known - Derry is a Great Town!"
We also look forward to strengthening our relationship in future with the Academy of Urbanism, whose aim to advance the understanding and practice of urbanism closely aligns with our own at PLACE.