Leipzig prevailed in the final round against Nantes (France) and Zürich (Switzerland). Chair of the Academy David Rudlin described Leipzig as a dream for city planners: "Busy streets, an amazing, sustainable tram system and many creative minds. It's easy to forget how run-down the city was after the loss of its industry and how dramatically it has regenerated itself."
Focus on post-industrial developments
The Academy is a network of experts for the built environment from all over Europe. Each year it honours a "European City of the Year" among other awards. It uses social, economic and environmental criteria. In this context, a series of social, economic and environmental criteria are used during the evaluation process, including good governance and commercial success. This year's award focused on post-industrial developments. Cities honoured were those that have turned into flourishing areas following the decline of their dominant industry. The exhibition city was therefore able to prevail against strong rivals in Nantes and Zürich.
In recent years, the Spanish cities of Bilbao and San Sebastian were honoured as "European Cities of the Year", as well as the Danish capital Copenhagen. The awards are not endowed.