19th September 2023 - 26th January 2024

Design Future London


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Design Future London includes Schools Reinventing Cities!

Design Future London wants your ideas for a built environment opportunity in your neighbourhood. This year, the challenge is to think about your local area and design solutions for the city’s future which will inform the Greater London Authority’s review of a future London Plan;

Think about the local area in which you live, your neighbourhood and your town centre. How can we build a better London for everyone – making it a safer, fairer, greener and more prosperous city for all Londoners?

You are challenged to identify a site you think you can improve and develop your design based on: 

  • What it already offers?
  • What might be missing?  
  • How it can be improved? 
  • How do you see it evolving or being improved in the future for the community?


Learn about the Minecraft world. 
Watch the webinar  discussing the submission process.

You can work individually or as part of a team of up to 5 people to develop and design your ideas. Submit your design before 26th January 2024Take a look at last years finalists and learn more about the challenge  

To apply

  1. Educators send an email registering interest at DesignChallenge@london.gov.uk.
  2. You will then receive a Getting Started introduction and a Resources pack setting what is on offer. In that email, you will receive a link to an online registration form which you need to complete. 
  3. You will then receive the Session Plans and an Online Resource set out on an ArcGIS Story Map that you can use with your students.

Find out more about how to apply on the Design Future London website.

More about Design Future London

The Design Future London challenge seeks to encourage a greater diversity of young Londoners to enter the built environment sector (covering planning, architecture, urban design, surveying, property, real estate management and construction). 

Working with partners C40 CitiesMinecraft EducationMOBIEEsri and Local Village Network, the Design Future London Challenge offers opportunities to: 

  • inspire young people to think about where they live, how places are shaped and influenced and how they could be involved;
  • raise the profile of careers in the built environment sector and inspire a future talent pipeline;
  • engage young Londoners to share their vision for the future of their city and to design solutions for the city’s future which will inform the Greater London Authority’s review of a future London Plan;
  • promote digital skills;
  • support diverse learning styles by offering a range of resources to help students such as free model-making materials;
  • access to a programme of events that will be hosted in a dedicated space at the Building Centre.
  • support schools with a mentorship programme.


If you have a question or would like more details on the Students Reinventing Cities competition, please use the form below. You will receive a response via email.

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