In January, we issued a challenge to imaginative, problem solving young professionals, start ups and students involved in surveying, urban design, architecture, or engineering. The challenge was simple: share your transformative ideas for projects and policies that solve some of the defining issues of our time: Rapid Urbanisation, Climate Change and Resource Scarcity.
We received over 1,200 entries, and our judging panels around the world have now decided which entries make up the global shortlist. Read about them below – who do you think will win the £50,000 prize and stand the chance to make their idea a reality?
Retrofitting existing buildings with networked, 3D printed ceramic plates to battle energy use and rising temperatures.
Creating building mounted webs to increase vegetation within dense inner city environments, and improve air quality.
Developing modular rainwater storage systems to help alleviate flooding and resource scarcity in rain-prone cities.
Installing community water recirculation systems, which address scarcity in water supply in low income communities.
Constructing community-led housing developments that mobilise residents and allow for shared access to resources and space.
Restructuring the use of land within cities to create space for agricultural development, overcoming resource scarcity and climate change.
Repurposing public spaces outside of office hours to provide safe and sustainable homeless accommodation.
Implementing policies that incentivise landlords and tenants to accommodate air filtration facilities as part of their buildings.
A new prototypical home offered to people living in coastal cities, who face the dangers of rising sea levels.
A comprehensive urban design scheme that attempts to address issues by promoting local economic empowerment, flood planning and management and tourism.
A low-cost, modular, and expandable house of up to three storeys, inspired by the Bahay Kubo of the Philippines.
An Internet of Things water control management system designed to improve water supply in refugee camps, as well as numerous cities globally.
The competition is now closed.
Our international judging panel have selected the regional winners, who now form our global shortlist. The 12 entries above stand the chance to win £50,000 and will all receive mentoring from RICS professionals. Learn more about our judging panels.
We will announce our global winner in November.