18 Outstanding Teams Announced as Winners of Students Reinventing Cities Competition
1,100 students from 150 universities respond to the call for ideas to reinvent parts of their cities.
London, UK (28 Sept. 2021) — 18 teams of university students are celebrating today, as the winners of the Students Reinventing Cities competition were announced. The successful teams were picked from more than 1,000 students from 150 universities that submitted their ideas to the competition, spearheaded by C40 Cities.
Mayors and elected officials from 18 cities - Athens, Auckland, Barcelona, Bogota, Buenos Aires, Chicago, Dakar, Delhi, Dubai, Madrid, Melbourne, Montreal, Paris, Quezon City, Quito, Reykjavik, Seattle, Washington DC - have identified areas that need to be reinvented or revived. Together they have invited students and academics from all over the world to help them design solutions and turn these areas into green and thriving neighborhoods.
Today C40 and these 18 cities are celebrating the creative ideas and concrete solutions proposed by students to rethink how neighborhoods are planned and designed and to build a more sustainable and inclusive vision for cities everywhere.
Horacio Rodríguez Larreta, Mayor of Buenos Aires and Vice-Chair of C40 Cities, said:
“The international competition “Students Reinventing Cities” was a very enriching experience. We were able to meet proposals from students from around the world to rethink cities and new greener solutions to the challenges we have.”
Carlos Moreno, Professor & Scientific Director “Entrepreneurship, Territory, Innovation”, Sorbonne University IAE, said: The Students Reinventing Citie initiative will provide tools to apply the 15 minute City concept around the world, by acting for ecological, economic and social transformation.”
Martha Thorne, Dean of the University School of Architecture and Design and Executive Director of the Pritzker Prize, said: “Academic Institutions have a crucial role in joining cities, leading and working with students and young people in the fight against climate change”
Athens, winning project: OASIS
The team’s goal for a green and thriving neighborhood uses one of the most underused, yet multifunctional natural resources available in the urban fabric, its soil capital.
Athens, OASIS team “Our project was designed to be for and with the people. Through partnerships with local leaders, we connect modern concepts with local culture.”
Auckland, winning project: Brisbane Designers
The Brisbane Designers envisioned a green and thriving neighbourhood through technological and infrastructure interventions and shifting car-dominated Northcote to a more pedestrianized space.
Brisbane Designers team: “We’ve proposed technological and infrastructure interventions that empower individuals to collectively minimize their community’s impact on the planet.”
Barcelona, winning project: 22@ a time
“22@ a Time” is based on innovative solutions, urban transformation, self sustainable urbanization and placemaking. The objective is the reduction of GHG emissions through means of infrastructural hubs and programs.
22@ a Time team: “Our project is based on self-reliant urbanism and placemaking through a co-design and co-management process.”
Bogotá, winning project: Eco-Barrio 7 de Agosto
By reorganizing a challenging market area, the team proposes a highly inclusive and positive project for the city with ideas that can be replicated in other districts.
Eco-Barrio 7 de Agosto team: “As future architects and policymakers, we must incorporate climate-resilient solutions into every facet of our design.”
Buenos Aires, winning project: Balvanera 2030
This project is based on sustainable development and the amplification of green areas for the community.
Balvanera 2030 team: “Students from different social backgrounds can create comprehensive solutions for greener nerighbourhoods.”
Chicago, winning project: McKinley Mills for the New Millennium
The team re-envisioned a disused, formerly industrial site in Chicago’s McKinley Park neighborhood as a mixed-use, sustainable community, fine-tuned for both current residents and the future planet we want.
McKinley Mills for the New Millennium team: “Our project re-envisions a disused, formerly industrial site in Chicago as a mixed-use, sustainable community, fine-tuned for both current residents and the future planet we want.”
Dakar, winning project: Dëkk-raw
The team proposes interventions that transform Dakar into a neighbourhood that promotes public transport and non-motorised movement whilst at the same time preserving the culture of the people of Dakar.
Dëkk-raw team: “Our proposition builds on the 15 minute-city concept. We want the residents of Dakar to meet their essential needs close to their home.”
Delhi, winning project: Chhav
The team designs a human scale development for Bhalswa, based on the idea of reimaging the classic housing block as several smaller buildings, independent yet interconnected. The aim is to develop compact, mid-rise and efficient dwelling units, with open spaces and amenities for the people, while promoting the local economy, capacity building and skills development through employment.
Chhav team: “Our project is a case for dignified, low-carbon affordable housing at Bhalswa”
Dubai, winning project: Studio Dar
Studio Dar presents ‘La Karama’ an intervention that aims to apply a bottom-up approach that first and foremost caters to the users of the area and invites others to visit it.
Studio Dar team: “La Karama follows a bottom-up approach that largely places the needs and wants of the dwellers of the area first and foremost.”
Madrid, winning project: Barrio Catalyst
The team’s project recommends several interventions in three focus areas: Environmental Adaptation, Social Streetscapes and Community Engagement. Through the proposed natural engineering strategies and urban greening, the city can successfully mitigate effects of climate change.
Barrio Catalyst team: “Our vision for the future is a sustainable holistic approach for the area of the Gran Blas Sur”
Melbourne, winning project: Planscape
The team centered their design around the notion of connection. The design revolves around placing a largely busy intersection entirely underground and rebuilding the community around this new space.
Planscape team: “This competition allowed to think beyond conventional practice to envision a design which is encompassing of sociological, environmental and economical factors.”
Montreal, winning project: ELA
The proposal aims to achieve carbon neutrality for the Sud des Faubourgs neighbourhood by developing efficient buildings in terms of energy and environmental standards.
ELA team: “We have focused all our efforts on achieving carbon neutrality for our neighborhood.”
Paris, winning project: Nouvelles Connexions Urbaines
The aim is to give more visibility to this complex district, to do this the team has encouraged the emergence of different centralities in the district.
Nouvelles Connexions Urbaines team “Bringing together two visions, that of the students and that of city officials, enriches the discussion and creates new possibilities.”
Quezon City, winning project: Gold Gears
Gold Gears entirely re-imagine the landfill area through a holistically sustainable approach which revolves around the full remediation of the project site's soil, air and water.
Gold Gears team: “A green and flourishing neighborhood needs a thorough and holistic approach”
Quito, winning project: Step8
The aim of this project is to improve public space by creating streets, improving lighting and neighborhood etiquette with social infrastructure that benefits the population.
Step8 team: “Our vision is a neighbourhood that both guarantees the right to the city and the right to nature”
Reykjavik, winning project: Green Lab
Green Lab presented a pedestrian-focused design to promote a more lively, safe and green streetscape in Breiðholt, a place for everyone and a place for the community to take part in each other's lives.
Green Lab team: “Underused parking lots provide excellent sites for lightweight pop-up installations and pavilions.”
Seattle, winning project: Westwood Next Door
In strengthening connections within the neighborhood the team envisioned an intervention in the area characterized by a major shift from a car-oriented to a people-oriented urban design.
Westwood Next Door team: “Our measures are based on the principle of using incentives and offering alternatives to encourage people to adopt a more sustainable lifestyle.”
Washington DC, winning project: Ivy City Renaissance
Ivy City Renaissance created a holistic project that addresses three key areas: mobility, community, and sustainability.
Ivy City Renaissance team: “We need to make sure every group, including minorities, gets what they need to succeed – that principle must be central to our designs.”
Students to Reinvent 18 World Cities to Tackle Climate Crisis as C40 Cities Launches New Competition
Teams of university students will share their vision for transforming city neighbourhoods to deliver a green and just recovery from the COVID-19 crisis
A collective of worldwide academic leaders step up to support the initiative and seize the momentum to call for change across the academic world
London, 10 December 2020 - Today, 18 global cities including Buenos Aires, Paris, Washington D.C., and Delhi have launched Students Reinventing Cities, a pioneering competition that will enable students and universities from across the globe to share their vision for a green and just reinvention of our cities.
In a first of its kind, the competition is being led by C40 Cities - the global network of cities committed to bold climate action. The C40 Students Reinventing Cities Competition is dedicated to transforming cities in the face of the climate crisis, by driving an active collaboration between cities and academia. The competition will ignite creative, imaginative, and tangible ways to decarbonise city neighbourhoods, as well as to support thriving and resilient life for local communities.
Students entering the competition will be given live projects to work on in cities including; Athens, Auckland, Barcelona, Bogotá, Buenos Aires, Chicago, Dakar, Delhi, Dubai, Madrid, Melbourne, Montréal, Paris, Quezon City, Quito, Reykjavík, Seattle and Washington D.C. They will submit their entries designed specifically for the urban area in their chosen city - to help change the way we live in cities for the benefit of our wellbeing and of the climate.
The winning projects will be celebrated in a global communication campaign and winning students will be invited to present their projects to business leaders, city officials and leading climate organisations.
C40 Cities is calling on multi-disciplinary teams formed by students in urbanism, architecture, and environment as well as in business, real estate and engineering. The students will be asked to share and celebrate innovative solutions to environmental and societal challenges, considering models such as the 15 Minute City and 20 Minute Neighbourhood, increasingly adopted as valuable urban planning principles.
The competition is being supported by a collective of academic leaders from across the globe, a number of whom have been instrumental in drawing up the Academic Manifesto for A Green And Just Future. The Manifesto calls for academic institutions to step up in the fight against climate change and to cooperate with cities to take part in the campaign for a Global Green New Deal.
Across the globe, COVID-19 has raised awareness of, and indeed transformed the way we work, travel and live day-to-day. By doing so, it has also urged us to accelerate actions against climate change.
Horacio Rodríguez Larreta, Mayor of Buenos Aires and C40 Vice-Chair leading on Urban Planning, explains; “Many young people are inspiring the world with their climate mobilisation – we can see they are ready to contribute solutions, and this competition will give them a chance to share their ideas, creativity and passion for making change. We’re inviting students and academia to reimagine a series of large urban sites that cities participating in the competition would like to revitalise. As we fight with increasing urgency for a more sustainable future, we need a unified global response at all levels of society, and we believe that academics and students have a key role to play in this vital revolution towards cities on a more human scale and a greener, fairer and more equal future.”
Anne Hidalgo, Mayor of Paris said; “It is more important than ever to transform our cities and neighbourhoods so that city dwellers enjoy the benefits of healthy, resilient local communities. Paris is committed to strengthening the network of public services that city residents can access a short walk or cycle away, while creating the right conditions for more sustainable and inclusive neighbourhoods. Today, I am thrilled to launch the Students Reinventing Cities with C40 Cities and other leading mayors, and to invite students and academics to work with us to collectively build greener and fairer cities.”
Mark Watts, C40 Executive Director, explains: “Across the globe, COVID-19 has profoundly impacted the way we work, travel and live day-to-day. In the process it has exacerbated existing inequalities and hit vulnerable communities the hardest, urging us to prioritise a green and just recovery from the pandemic, and accelerate equitable solutions to the climate crisis.
“This competition is an opportunity for students to have a voice, to share their ideas and passion for making change, and contribute to these solutions. We’re inviting students and academia to reimagine a series of large-scale sites that participating cities want to revitalise, to collectively build greener and fairer cities for all.”
Carlos Moreno, Associate Professor & Scientific Director “Entrepreneurship, Territory, Innovation”, Sorbonne University IAE, is a supporter of the competition and one of the first signatories of the Academic Manifesto For A Green And Just Future. He explains; “Cities are the main site for transformation when it comes to tackling the climate emergency. Cities are where we need to focus our efforts for a green and just transition. We need to rethink our cities around four guiding principles – ecology, proximity, solidarity and participation, which is what the “15-minute city” is based upon.
“This competition aims to give a voice to our future leaders and create a space for students to build and showcase their vision. We hope that the competition will present some new ideas that will allow communities, cities and our planet to thrive from an economic, social and environmental stance.”
Martha Thorne, Dean of IE School of Architecture and Design at IE University, Madrid, and Executive Director of the Pritzker Architecture Prize, said; “As an educational institution we have a responsibility to create and disseminate knowledge, and also to train the leaders of tomorrow who will have to shape a more humane, sustainable world. The future of our civilization rests, in part, on how our cities address the challenges of climate change. C40 supports cities to collaborate effectively, shares knowledge and drives meaningful, measurable and sustainable action on climate change. For this reason, a partnership between education and organisations devoted to the city provide an opportunity to work together for a better future.”
Jette Jørgensen, Global Expansion Manager at IKEA Retail (Ingka Group), one of the funding partners for the competition, stated; “We look forward to seeing the creative ideas that the students present, and the positive impacts for cities that their solutions may provide. As partners, we are excited to raise the challenge to make sustainable living more simple, accessible and affordable for as many people as possible. Through our new smaller store formats and green deliveries in the cities, we see opportunities to work together for people, cities and the planet."
Academia and students interested in entering the competition can find out more at www.c40reinventingcities.org. Deadline for entries is March 2021. The finalists will then be selected and invited to submit their final proposals by May 2021. A jury from the city and C40 Cities will select a winner for each city site, which will be announced at a ceremony in July 2021.
The C40 Students Reinventing Cities Competition is being supported by funding partners IKEA and the SNF - Stavros Niarchos Foundation.
About C40 CitiesC40 Cities connects 96 of the world’s greatest cities, representing more than 700 million people and one quarter of the global economy, C40 is leading the charge for a Global Green New Deal. Created and led by cities, C40 is focused on tackling climate change and driving urban action that reduces greenhouse gas emissions and climate risks, while increasing the health, wellbeing and economic opportunities of urban citizens. The new chair of the C40 is Mayor of Los Angeles Eric Gracetti; and three-term Mayor of New York City Michael R. Bloomberg serves as President of the Board. Mayor Garcetti takes over the post of C40 Chair from Mayor of Paris, Anne Hidalgo, just ahead of a year filled with critical milestones. C40’s work is made possible by our three strategic funders: Bloomberg Philanthropies, Children’s Investment Fund Foundation (CIFF), and Realdania.
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