14th March - 31st May 2024

Schools Reinventing Alkmaar


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The municipality of Alkmaar is challenging all children up to 14 years old to redesign an empty piece of land as a climate resilient residential area.

You can learn more about participating in the challenge on the Alkmaar City website. Register before 31st March!

The Challenge 

Young people are challenged to build a climate-proof residential area, located on the old gas site on the Helderseweg. Their solutions are judged by a panel of city experts. Students are asked to: 

Design and build a sustainable and liveable 

residential area on the Alkmaars Kanaal near the old the gas works.

Think about: 

    • Ensuring the district supplies what residents need as much as possible.
    • Construction must also be smart; where do the materials come from? Are there materials from the area that can be used? For example, there will also be supermarkets or a sports facility. How and where do they come?
    • How do people and things move and how does everything remain easily accessible?
    • How can houses and buildings be made energy efficient and even generate and store energy?
    • How do you build future-proof housing that incorporate urban nature and are climate resilient?

We can't wait to see your ideas 

  • Teachers can participate in the program with their students until 31st May 2024. 
  • The teams with the best ideas will be invited to visit City Hall on 14th June 2024 to present their ideas to the final jury.


POCITYF is a European subsidized sustainability project to make historic cities throughout Europe energy positive. Alkmaar is a model city in this project, to learn more please see www.pocityf.euFrom this EU project, the idea arose to participate in Schools Reinventing Netherlands. 


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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