The theme of the YPPA in 2012 is:
"Adaptive cities: new ideas for action. Trends, perspecitves and challenges of spatial development in a phase of de-growth an declin in Europe".
This years' award goes to Clenn Kustermans for the paper 'Shrinkage is Sexy: a New Strategy to Make a Shrinking Urban Area the Most Vital Part of Town'
Sebastian Seyfarth for the paper 'Costa de la Ruina: Neglected Places at the Costa des Sol All the Way from Malaga to Manilve'.