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Young people design the cities of the future

The overall winner could see their future-proof city idea turned into a prototype

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One young person could see their idea make a positive contribution to urban challenges
One young person could see their idea make a positive contribution to urban challenges

Floating affordable houses, a regeneration plan to turn Coney Island into a canal city and a bus stop designed to filter air in the most heavily polluted areas of cities are among the shortlisted entries in a global competition open to young people to design a future-proof city.

 

The Cities for our Future challenge is run by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors in partnership with the UK National Commission for UNESCO and the Association of Commonwealth Universities.

 

It asked young people to propose solutions to the most urgent problems affecting global cities. The overall winner, announced in November, will receive a prize of £50,000 and their idea could be made into a prototype that makes a positive contribution to the world. After almost 1,200 entries and over two weeks of deliberation, the regional judging panels of experts, RICS professionals and partners have narrowed the list down to a total of just 48 competitors.

 

Competitors represent Sub-Saharan Africa, East Asia and China, Europe, Middle East and Northern Africa, North America, Oceania, South East Asia, South and Central America, South Asia and the UK.

 

Regional panels will now go on to decide a regional winner and runner-up, and these 10 winners, plus two of the best runners-up, will go on to make the global shortlist, which will be announced on 18 July.

 

"Our aim with the Cities for our Future competition was to harness the ideas of our diverse and talented young people to help solve the challenges of the cities they care about and make them better for generations to come. said Sean Tompkins, RICS Global CEO.

 

“We hope that the leaders of the world’s cities are listening and will work with us and all of our shortlisted entries to make these ideas a reality and help tackle some of the most pressing issues facing their cities."

 

Other innovative shortlisted entries include:

  • smart, off-grid vertical and self-sustaining suburbs with include vertical farming, floodproof main floors and flexible live/work spaces
  • harnessing heat waste from data centres for district heating systems
  • harnessing the polar front jet stream’s 110 mph wind speeds above Toronto for green energy
  • a new methodology for urban planning and design, based on wind direction, wind speed and building dimensions
  • a spider-web-like network of plants, which hangs between homes
  • a new technology to solve the problem of water scarcity in Kazan, Russia, by extracting moisture from the air
  • an idea to create more green space in Milan by changing the way the streets are used to decrease parking space
  • the creation of a digital knowledge platform called “Sharing the waterfront” to monitor and highlight pollution.

You can find out more about entries and the challenge at Cities for our Future challenge

 

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