A summary of key information for the competition can be found below. Please refer to the full rules and regulations document for detailed guidance.

Overview of the Competition


18 global cities have identified small neighborhoods, blocks or main streets they intend to revive. Together with C40, they invite multidisciplinary teams of students from around the world to imagine a pathway to decarbonize these urban areas and improve the quality of life for local communities. Students Reinventing Cities will:
• actively drive collaboration between students and city governments to deliver new approaches for low carbon urbanisation;
• support the development of new ideas and innovative solutions that can be rolled out on a global scale;
• create a space for academics and students to contribute to addressing the climate crisis and shaping a future that has climate and social justice at its heart;
• strengthen students’ knowledge on the leading policies, solutions and technologies on sustainability.

Structure of the competition

Participants can choose one (or several) site(s) from the participating cities. Participants do not need to choose the site from the city they reside or study in.

Alongside the main rules and regulations document each city has prepared a Site Form to present its site and detail the city’s objectives and specifications for their projects. An online folder (“dataroom”) where cities share all relevant data and documents related to each site is also available.


Competition kick-off

• Q&A via the site pages on this website 
• Series of webinars to present the competition and the sites 

Registration (mandatory)

• Q&A via the site pages on this website 
• Series of webinars to support the teams to shape their project 

Submission of the Final Project: this deadline may vary for different cities, please refer to the page dedicated to the site

Analysis of the proposals and final selection by the juries (one jury for each site)

Announcement of the winning projects

Team Composition

  • Teams must be composed of current students (undergraduate or graduate).
  • Teams may include participants from multiple departments such as architecture, urbanism, environment, engineering, real estate development, sociology, economy, art, etc.
  • It is expected that in developing a response, students will draw on knowledge from a wide range of disciplines.
  • To support this, teams may combine members from the same university or different universities. The Students Reinventing Cities competition encourages international collaboration between universities.
  • It is recommended (but not required) to appoint a member in charge of the project design such as a student in architecture or urbanism, and a member with environmental knowledge.
  • It is recommended (but not required) to have a faculty advisor who may offer support and resources. Students may also consult other external experts.

10 Design Principles for a Green & Thriving Neighborhood

The Students Reinventing Cities competition aims to harness new models for green and thriving city neighbourhoods, that embrace both:
  • the imperative of emissions reduction. Teams are invited to consider operational emissions, embodied emissions and consumption-based emissions
  • the critical goal to ensure quality of life for local communities. Teams are invited to consider models such as the ‘15-minute City’ which is increasingly adopted as a valuable urban planning principle.

These two main objectives must be approached in an integrated way. To help with this, the competition defines ten design principles that the teams are invited to consider when developing their project. More information about each of these 10 principles may be found in the rules and regulations document and in the Guidance to design a green and thriving neighbourhood available on this website.

01 - Close to home

02 - People-centred mobility and thriving streets
03 - Connected place
04 - A place for everyone
05 - Clean construction
06 - Green energy and buildings
07 - Circular resources
08 - Green space, climate resilient and nature-based solutions
09 - Sustainable lifestyles
10 - Green economy

The teams are invited to consider all 10 principles while developing their project. However, it is important for teams to focus on the principles that are most appropriate for the site. In the Site Form, each city has indicated specific environmental priorities and objectives for its site.



To register for the competition participating teams must complete a Team Form.

Content of the Final Projects

The final proposals will include four (4) different documents:

1. A completed Team Form (you can find the template in different languages in the sidebar of this page)
The original team form must be updated to reflect any changes to the composition of the team and provide information on how the team approached collaboration (in a specific document of max 1 page).

2. The Presentation of the Project
The Presentation of the Project is a comprehensive action plan that consists of a maximum of 10 pages (A4 or US Letter) made of text as well as illustration such as pictures, drawings and sketches.

This document should present the actions/solutions proposed by the team to regenerate the area according to the 10 Principles and the priorities outlined by the City in the Site Form.  It is recommended to include:
  • The design concept

  • An environmental assessment of the project

  • An evaluation of the community benefits 

3. Graphic Presentation
Each team shall provide:

  • One digital illustration board (A3 or tabloid format) to present the project

  • Three high-resolution images/drawings (1600 x 900 px minimum)

4. Implementation Plan
The Implementation Plan will consist of a maximum of 3 pages (A4 or US Letter). It will outline budget, timeframes and phasing, compliance with the planning rules, specific technical challenges, key actors and responsibilities.

All details about submission can be found in the rules and regulations document.

Submission Requirements

All submissions must be written in English or in the language indicated on the Site Form and must use the local measurement units and currency where applicable.

All documents (Registration and the Final Project) must be submitted electronically through the Site Page on this website.

Judging Criteria and Juries

For each site, the final projects will be judged and selected based on the following criteria:

  1. Quality of the team and of their approach to developing the project. 
  2. Quality of design and relevance of the project to the specifics of the site. 
  3. The proposed solutions to respond to the 10 principles. 
  4. The feasibility of the project. 

The final projects will be evaluated by a jury that will be composed of representatives from the City, C40 and may include external experts.

The competition complies with principles of anonymity, transparency, equal treatment, and non-discrimination. The jury will therefore not have access to the following information: the name of the team members and of the Universities they are part of and neither the name of their eventual advisor.

A winner will be selected for each site.

Further information about the requirements of the competition and submission details can be found in the rules and regulations document.


For each site, the winning team will:

  • Receive public recognition by both the City and C40 through a public event. This will include the receipt of an official Certificate signed by the Mayor of the City and the Executive Director of C40;
  • Receive coverage in a local and global communication campaign (incl. social media, press release, featuring on this website);
  • Be featured in an official video sponsored by C40 that will celebrate their project;
  • Be invited to present their project to business leaders, city officials and leading climate organizations in a virtual event;
  • Be invited by the City to stay involved in an advisory role regarding future projects in the area.

About C40

C40 is a global leadership organization working to deliver the urgent action needed to confront the climate crisis and create a future where everyone can thrive. Our network is made up of nearly 100 of the world’s biggest, most influential cities, representing 700+ million people and one quarter of the global economy. C40 mayors are committed to reducing emissions in line with the highest ambition of the Paris Agreement, increasing resilience, cleaning the air we breathe and tackling inequality.
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