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Nicosia Master Plan Study Wins Europa Nostra Award

nicosia master plan europa nostraThe Nicosia Master Plan Project has won the 2011 Europa Nostra Award for its bi-communal study of all the buildings within the UN buffer zone in Nicosia.

Involving scientists and other workers from the Greek-and-Turkish Cypriot communities, the project overcame many problems to do historical analyses, survey buildings and public spaces, studies for emergency support of buildings and to create a digital record.

The Nicosia Master Plan Project (NMP) was launched in 1980 as a collaboration between the two major communities of Nicosia, Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots, for the development of Nicosia as a whole and the revitalisation of the walled city.

The findings of the study will be used to conserve the architectural heritage within the buffer zone and the revitalisation of the historic centre of Nicosia as a whole.

The awards will be presented on 10 June during a ceremony at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam in the presence of Androulla Vassiliou, European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Multilingualism and Youth, and Plácido Domingo, the world-renowned tenor and president of Europa Nostra.

"Each of the winners represents the best of Europe’s achievements in conservation, research and education, as well as honouring dedicated service by individuals and groups. Cultural heritage is an essential part of our cultural diversity and shared history; it brings together our past, present and future.  It has helped to make Europe the world's top tourist destination and contributes significantly to the Union's economy," said Commissioner Vassiliou.

"Without the combined skills and efforts of many professionals and volunteers and without the involvement of young people, Europe’s heritage doesn't have a future. These awards celebrate their love, passion, care and commitment for the preservation of the beauty and the soul of Europe," added Europa Nostra’s president, Plácido Domingo.

The 27 winners were selected from nearly 140 submitted projects in 31 countries. The final choice was made by juries composed of independent experts from across Europe. The six 'grand prix' winners each receive €10,000 and a plaque for the winning building or a trophy for projects.

Europa Nostra is the voice of cultural heritage in Europe. It brings together and represents 250 non-governmental organisations, 150 associate organisations and 1500 individual members from more than 50 countries who are committed to safeguarding Europe’s cultural heritage and landscapes. It provides a network for dialogue, celebrates the best heritage achievements, campaigns against threats to vulnerable heritage buildings, sites and landscapes and campaigns for sustainable policies and high quality standards in heritage. Plácido Domingo was unanimously appointed president of Europa Nostra in June 2010 by the general assembly for his commitment in the field.


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