A new global competition is encouraging students and youth to submit their innovative urban solution ideas to help transform the cities of our future. The contest aims to identify the top solutions to specific challenges facing 24 cities around the world and the winning idea will receive a prize of £50,000 to assist with implementation. The competition ‘The Cities for Our Future Challenge’ is run by RICS (Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors) to mark its 150th anniversary and was launched in partnership with the United Kingdom National Commission for UNESCO and the Association of Commonwealth Universities.
With three million people moving to cities every week, the growth of the urban population is one of the biggest challenges facing society today. This rapid expansion is putting ever more strain on urban infrastructure and services. Many city dwellers live in slums or poor quality housing; many put up with poor air quality and inadequate transport links. The competition will contribute towards meeting the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goal 11 – Sustainable Cities and Communities, by tackling issues related to urbanisation, climate change and resource scarcity in cities.
The best 12 entries from around the world will be shortlisted for the global prize and receive support and advice from RICS qualified professionals, before an overall winner is announced in November 2018.
Cities selected for solution ideas include: Mumbai, Lagos, Beijing and Manchester.
Mumbai: How can coastal cities like Mumbai better protect their populations from the increased threat of flooding?
Lagos: How can cities such as Lagos build more affordable housing to keep pace with rapidly expanding populations?
Beijing: Cities like Beijing have already taken steps to improve air quality. What more can they do to ensure cleaner air as they expand?
Manchester: How can growing cities like Manchester use data and technology to improve quality of life and work for their citizens?
Sean Tompkins, RICS CEO said: “By 2050, two-thirds of the world’s population will live in cities. A seismic change has occurred since 1900 when two-thirds of the population lived in rural communities. The world’s cities are growing all the time, creating a range of challenges that will need to be addressed if they are to become safe, clean and comfortable places to live for future generations. Throughout the Royal Institution’s 150 years, chartered surveyors have been crucial to urban development all over the globe and we are proud to be running this competition to help stimulate innovation and find practical ideas to improve our cities.”
The Cities for our Future competition is open for entries from 17th January to 31st May 2018. Regional judging will take place in June and July 2018 with the regional winners receiving help and support from RICS professionals in their region to develop their ideas. A global shortlist will be announced in July 2018 and an overall winner unveiled in November 2018.
To find out more about Cities for Our Future and enter visit www.citiesforourfuture.com