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Design for Sustainable Cities – International Competition

BE OPEN Foundation and Cumulus are hosting a design competition to encourage creation of innovative solutions, by younger creatives, for more sustainable cities.

This international competition is open to students and graduates of all art, design, architecture and media disciplines worldwide.

The Main prize is €5,000, all the prize money totalling to €12,000.

‘Design for Sustainable Cities’ is an international student competition in support of the United Nations’ SDG11: Sustainable Cities and Communities.

According to the UN’s SDG Programme data, since 2007, more than half the world’s population has been living in cities, and that share is projected to rise to 60% by 2030. Cities and metropolitan areas are powerhouses of economic growth. However, they cause and face such issues as increased carbon emissions and resource use. Rapid urbanization is resulting in a growing number of slum dwellers, inadequate and overburdened infrastructure and services, worsening air pollution and unplanned urban sprawl.

It takes creative action to tackle all these issues. All the stakeholders in this international competition programme are positive that creativity, or design-thinking, is integral in the shift to sustainable existence. The objective of ‘Design for Sustainable Cities’ is to recognize, showcase and promote the best design ideas and projects that embody the principles and aims of United Nations’ SDG Programme.

The solutions to support Design for Sustainable Cities SDG11 Sustainable Cities and Communities must relate to one or more of the following three submission categories corresponding to three urban themes:

  1. Co-created Cities
  2. Sharing Cities
  3. Safe and Sound Cities – Solutions for safe and sound cities are more important than ever! To highlight this urgency, this competition includes the Safe City Prize.

Top design ideas, be it an individual or a team submission can win the following prizes from BE OPEN:

  • the Main prize of €5,000
  • the Founder’s Choice prize of €3,000
  • the Public Vote prize of €2,000
  • the Safe City prize of €2,000

or enter the list of 50 honorary mentions and be featured in the competition’s online gallery.

Winners in all prize categories will be expected to attend a live awards ceremony that will take place during the Cumulus Conference Roma 2021: Design Culture(s) at Sapienza University of Rome in June 2021.