The biennial European Prize for Urban Public Space has announced their 2010 winners. There are “joint winners” this year; the impressive Norwegian Opera House by Snohetta, and a remarkable project I had not seen before, the Open Air Library in Magdeburg, Germany. The library has been constructed from the modular pieces of a warehouse facade and itself replaces a community constructed library composed largely of beer crates. The new project serves as library, community center and town square to this economically challenged community on the industrial east of Germany.
You can find more info on the project here.