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?


Team Heat Island

Africa | Climate Change

Retrofitting existing buildings with networked, 3D printed ceramic plates to battle energy use and rising temperatures.

Katia Sqir

East Asia and China | Rapid Urbanisation

Creating building mounted webs to increase vegetation within dense inner city environments, and improve air quality.

Tijmen Dekkers

Europe | Climate Change

Developing modular rainwater storage systems to help alleviate flooding and resource scarcity in rain-prone cities.

Team Galaxy

Middle East and Northern Africa | Resource Scarcity

Installing community water recirculation systems, which address scarcity in water supply in low income communities.

James Browning

South and Central America | Resource Scarcity

Constructing community-led housing developments that mobilise residents and allow for shared access to resources and space.

Sayali Virulkar

South Asia | Resource Scarcity

Restructuring the use of land within cities to create space for agricultural development, overcoming resource scarcity and climate change.

Soran & Saman Shangapour

UK | Rapid Urbanisation

Repurposing public spaces outside of office hours to provide safe and sustainable homeless accommodation.

Megan Burke

UK | Rapid Urbanisation

Implementing policies that incentivise landlords and tenants to accommodate air filtration facilities as part of their buildings.

Pamela Larocca

Oceania | Climate Change

A new prototypical home offered to people living in coastal cities, who face the dangers of rising sea levels.

Cheyenne Lau

North America | Climate Change

A comprehensive urban design scheme that attempts to address issues by promoting local economic empowerment, flood planning and management and tourism.

Earl Patrick Forlales

South East Asia | Rapid Urbanisation

A low-cost, modular, and expandable house of up to three storeys, inspired by the Bahay Kubo of the Philippines.

Engineering for Social Good

Middle East and Northern Africa | Resource Scarcity

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.

  • Competition opens
    17 January 2018
  • Competition closes
    31 May 2018
  • Regional shortlist announced
    18 July 2018
  • Global winner announced
    November 2018