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C40 Reinventing Cities, presentato il bando internazionale di rigenerazione urbana globale per università e studenti
Roma Comune celebrates the launch of the second edition of Students Reinventing Cities in the city, with endorsement from Assessore all’Urbanistica di Roma Capitale, Maurizio Veloccia
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Wuhan launches Students Reinventing Cities competition
The provincial official website of Hubei Province shares a press release on the launch of the competition in the city with 4 events with local universities.
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15 cities join C40’s Reinventing Cities global competition to accelerate zero-carbon, resilient and inclusive urban development
The new edition invites creative professionals worldwide—including architects, planners, developers, investors, environmentalists and start-ups—to design and develop urban projects of the future.
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Mayor Adams and Schools Chancellor Banks Announce Launch of the Minecraft Education Battle of the Boroughs Esports Competition
Mayor Eric Adams and Schools Chancellor David C. Banks today announced the launch of the official submission period of the fourth annual New York City Minecraft Education Battle of the Boroughs (BOTB) ahead of the second BOTB Mayor's Cup. Once again in partnership with Minecraft Education and C40’s Reinventing Cities initiative, BOTB is a scholastic K-12 Esports competition designed to engage our youngest New Yorkers in shaping the future of their city.
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17 cities join C40’s third Students Reinventing Cities competition, calling on youth to redesign urban areas
Young people across the globe are invited to develop ideas for cities to create green and thriving neighbourhoods that improve quality of life.
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Schools Reinventing Cities Toolkit challenges students around the world to take part in virtual design challenge
The newly released Schools Reinventing Cities Toolkit is now available for all to design their own ideas for their cities. The toolkit contains a dedicated Reinventing Cities Minecraft Education world containing seven different city template biomes and resources for teachers and students.
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12 winners of the second Students Reinventing Cities competition announced
More than 1,000 young people across the world reimagined urban spaces into green and thriving neighbourhoods as part of C40’s global competition
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The success of Students Reinventing Cities in Chengdu
Take a look at the successful edition of the competition in Chengdu, reflecting on students' experience, the visits to the site, & collaboration across the city.
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Impulsion has been announced as the winner of Reinventing Cities Lyon!
Together, the City of Lyon and C40 Cities unveiled 'Impulsion' as the winning project of the Reinventing Cities competition in Lyon. Impulsion is an ambitious urban regeneration project that transforms an existing tower and reintroduces nature into the city, offering new housing and services to the community.
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Mayor announces winners of second Design Future London Challenge
Talented young Londoners have immersed themselves in world-famous video game Minecraft to design a greener, more sustainable city and win the Mayor’s Design Future London Schools Challenge.
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Minecraft para repensar Buenos Aires:
Más de 14.000 alumnos de primaria y secundaria tienen la oportunidad de diseñar una ciudad de Buenos Aires más justa, equitativa y sustentable usando Mineraft como parte del concurso internacional Escuelas Reinventando ciudades
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Mayor London Breed celebrates Groundbreaking of 112 Unit Affordable Housing Development Across from City Hall
On June 8th, Mayor London Breed joined local leaders, The Kelsey and its co-developer, Mercy Housing California, to mark the groundbreaking ceremony for The Kelsey Civic Center, a new 100% affordable housing development. The Kelsey Civic Center was a 2020 winning project in the first edition of Reinventing Cities and is expected to open in 2025.
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Manila Times | Quezon City taps Minecraft to engage students
The QC Minecraft Challenge was initiated by the QC Climate Change and Environmental Sustainability Department (CCESD) as part of the Schools Reinventing Cities program, a collaboration between C40's Reinventing Cities and Minecraft Education. The program gives students an opportunity to design climate solutions for their city in Minecraft Education, a game-based learning platform, and to present their ideas to city leaders.
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The City of Phoenix announces finalists for Phase 2 of the competition
The City of Phoenix and C40 Cities have shortlisted the following finalists to compete in the final phase of the Reinventing Cities competition for the site in Phoenix, Resource Innovation Campus.
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BBC Newsround | London mayor wants Croydon redesigned in game
The task of rebuilding Croydon virtually is part of the mayor's 2023 Design Future London Schools Challenge, teaming up with Minecraft Education and C40 cities, a group of mayors from all over the world looking at ways to tackle climate change.
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Evening Standard | Minecraft Mayor: Blocky Sadiq Khan appears in-game in Croydon design competition
The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has been immortalised as a blocky-headed character in Minecraft. He appears in-game as a non-playable character (NPC) for an initiative between Minecraft Education, City Hall and C40 Cities to redesign Croydon using a ready-made template built by Design Future London.
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C40 launches the next edition of Students Reinventing Cities and announces the new program Schools Reinventing Cities with Minecraft Education
The second edition of Students Reinventing Cities launched in 13 global cities, inviting students and universities to share their vision and ideas for green and thriving neighbourhoods following the 15-minute city concept. C40 also announced the launch of a new design challenge for primary, middle and high school students to create city-climate solutions, Schools Reinventing Cities.
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C40 launches urban design competition in 12 cities to transform underutilised sites into low carbon urban projects
The third edition of Reinventing Cities launched today, inviting creative multidisciplinary teams – including architects, developers, community groups and more – to compete to design and develop climate-friendly urban projects that will serve the needs of local communities and become sustainable city landmarks.
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Houston's Mayor Turner announces approval to build nation’s largest urban solar farm in Sunnyside landfill
On April 22, 2022, Mayor Sylvester Turner announced the approval to build nation’s largest urban solar farm in Sunnyside landfill. Sunnyside Energy was a winning project in the first edition of Reinventing Cities.
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Collective for Climate showcase Paris’ First Carbon-Zero Neighbourhood
This article showcases how careful material and equipment selection aided in reducing embodied carbon emissions by 85% in the Collective for Climate project in Paris making it the first zero-carbon neighbourhood in Paris.
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Dezeen's top 10 low-carbon buildings of 2021
As part of Deezen's 2021 review, 10 examples of low-carbon architecture are selected each year. The Reykjavik Living landscape and the Campo Urbano project in Rome are featured in this edition.
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Largest wooden building in Iceland to occupy landfill site in Reykjavík
The Living Landscape project in Reykjavik is the largest wooden building in the country and deploys key strategies to reduce the carbon footprint.
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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.
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Arney Fender Katsalidis to Transform Tuscolana Railway Site into Low-Carbon 15-minute City
Dezeen explores innovative sustainability solutions and the strategic importance of Life Cycle Assessments in reducing carbon emissions in the Reinventing Cities winning project in Rome, Campo Urbano.
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Deezen | ​​Urban developments that "strive for zero carbon" to start on site in Milan, Paris, Reykjavik and Oslo
Low-carbon urban quarters are set to be built as part of Reinventing Cities in different cities
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Reinventing Cities: Global competition opens to transform cities in the face of the climate crisis
C40’s global architecture and urban design competition 'Reinventing Cities' has opened for entries. The second edition of the competition addresses the urgent need for change in how cities are designed and built in the face of the climate crisis.
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Reinventing Cities: C40 Launches Competition for Global Cities to Pave the Way to a Sustainable Future
Today 15 of the world’s great cities launched an unprecedented global competition to drive carbon neutral and resilient urban regeneration. C40’s Reinventing Cities initiative has already identified 46 underutilized spaces to redevelop, including several empty plots and abandoned buildings, a former airport, historical mansions, underused car parks, and an abandoned incinerator and landfill.
Manila Times | QC students develop sustainable innovations in C40 Minecraft Challenge
The Quezon City Government through its Climate Change and Environmental Sustainability Department (CCESD) has announced the three overall champions of the Quezon City C40 Minecraft Challenge.
Schools Reinventing Netherland
Microsoft, Minecraft Education and C40 Cities are empowering students to reimagine their cities for a greener future.

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