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Ballina project wins New European Bauhaus 2023 prize

Ripple, an urban transformation project from Ballina, Co. Mayo, has won the New European Bauhaus Prize 2023 in the ‘Reconnecting with nature' category.

Image showing people taking part in a Ripple storymaking workshop

The Irish project is one of 5 winners in the main categories out of 61 finalists from across the EU with exemplary initiatives of the New European Bauhaus and will receive a monetary prize of €30,000 for their accomplished project.

Ripple trialled a collaborative place-based approach to climate resilient green space in towns. With a community in Ballina that had faced socio-economic challenges, the project built the Paradise Garden, a climate-friendly intergenerational amenity space and wildlife haven, where rainwater is slowed through a series of rills, wells and natural attenuation on its way to the river.

The third edition of the New European Bauhaus Prizes received more than 1,400 applications from EU Member States and for the first time, applications for initiatives in the Western Balkans. In the context of the European Year of Skills, the Prizes 2023 also included an additional strand focused on education and learning.

The Prizes celebrate and award inspiring examples of existing projects and ideas from young talents, to make Europe more sustainable, beautiful, and inclusive. Discover all about the finalists and their projects on the NEB Prizes webpage.