After almost 1,200 entries and over two weeks of deliberation, our regional judging panels of experts, RICS professionals and partners have narrowed the list down to a total of just 48 competitors.

Cities for our Future

Competitors of the Cities for our Future challenge represent Sub-Saharan Africa, East Asia and China, Europe, Middle East and Northern Africa, North America, Oceania, South East Asia, South and Central America, South Asia and the UK.

Our regional panels will now go on to decide a regional winner and runner up, and these 10 winners, plus two of the best runners up, will go on to make our global shortlist, which we’ll announce on 18 July.

Our shortlisted entrants are below (in no particular order). We wish those who reached this phase of the competition the best of luck, and thanks again to everyone who entered.

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Name of entrant Project Region
Jonathan Wilson A community funded affordable housing scheme to help solve the housing crisis in Cape Town. Sub-Saharan Africa
Joseph Augustin An idea to retrofit existing buildings in cities across Africa with 3D printed porous insulation panels to improve liveability and reduce energy consumption for cooling and ventilation. Sub-Saharan Africa
Eiman Alsakha A plan to build upon the current informal TRO-TRO minibus system to create an effective and more formal transport network based around a number of hubs. Sub-Saharan Africa
Joseph Mwangi An idea to use recycled plastic in buildings to help deal with plastic waste in Nairobi. Sub-Saharan Africa
Michel Lardin A plan to use bamboo, one of the world’s fastest growing plants, combined with low carbon Glue laminate technology to build low cost social housing to help solve Nairobi’s housing problems. Sub-Saharan Africa
Daniel Martin Green; a bus stop designed to filter air in the most heavily polluted areas of cities. East Asia and China
Junya Yu A new methodology for urban planning and design, based on wind direction, wind speed and building dimensions. East Asia and China
Katia Sqir A spider-web-like network of plants, which hangs between homes. East Asia and China
Anna Budnikova A new technology to solve the problem of water scarcity in Kazan, Russia, by extracting moisture from the air. Europe
Aitor López An idea to create more green space in Milan by changing the way the streets are used to decrease parking space. Europe
Mariarosaria Angrisano The creation of a digital knowledge platform called “Sharing the waterfront” to monitor and highlight pollution. Europe
Maria Dolniak with a team of young professionals The installation of public benches that capture rainwater, to tackle water shortages in Poznan, Poland. Europe
Tijman Dekkers An idea for a new system to capture and filter rainwater in urban areas. Europe
Ansar Azeez A 10km2 satellite village, called “Smart Village Dubai”, which features a specially designed energy-generating greenhouse unit that generates crops. Middle East and Northern Africa
Ayman Amin A design for new photovoltaic panels with an innovative passive cooling method to increase efficiency and output in GCC cities. Middle East and Northern Africa
Claudio Freitas An Internet-of-Things Water Control Management system. Although it is applicable to numerous countries across the world, it was originally developed to address problems with water reliability in Azraq refugee camp in Jordan. Middle East and Northern Africa
Rasha Abuolaim An idea to use salt from the Dead Sea for both green construction and as a source of electricity. Middle East and Northern Africa
Yicheng Xu A new water infrastructure system, to improve water scarcity and inequality in Jordan. Middle East and Northern Africa
Benedikte Vefling An idea to provide floating, affordable houses in New York City to help combat high land prices and provide cheaper homes. North America
Cheyenne Lau A scheme to help regenerate Coney Island, New York, by creating a Canal City, to help prevent flooding, revitalise the local economy and attract tourists. North America
William Campion A plan to address problems of flooding in New York with an idea for a new, smarter kind of building structure for floodable areas. North America
William Readshaw An initiative to utilise heat waste from the growing number of urban data centers in cities like New York to feed district heating systems. North America
Yujie Wang An innovative scheme combining drone technology and pioneering energy generation techniques to harvest wind energy from the polar front jet steam; a belt of powerful winds high up in the atmosphere that runs over Toronto. North America
Bartlomiej Cybula The idea of ‘urban densification’, which aims to solve the problem of rapid urbanisation in cities like Melbourne. Oceania
Clayton McDowell and team A specially designed house, called ‘Desert Rose’, which aims to provide elderly inhabitants with an improved living environment, while simultaneously reducing their carbon footprint. Oceania
Laurie Gillies IMPACT Hive; an affordable, multi-layered living space that is available to those looking for short to medium term accommodation following an earthquake. Oceania
Natalie Kalinina A new approach to urban development, named Micropolis. Oceania
Pamela Larocca A radical design for new housing to combat rising sea levels, called Ecof(I)ood. Oceania
James Browning Towers that would provide water, sustainable energy and infrastructure to the community in Caracas. South and Central America
Nicolas Le Roux Expanding Cocó Park in Fortaleza to include the city and its surroundings in an attempt to involve the community in its preservation and better protect it. South and Central America
Daniel Marquez Installing wells that would allow water back into the aquifer in Mexico City to prevent flooding and stop the city sinking further. South and Central America
Flora Milanes Renovating abandoned buildings in the centre of Sao Paolo with pre-built internal structures to provide housing for homeless people. South and Central America
Tiago Brito da Silva Clearing unsolicited dumping areas created by the city’s rapid expansion to create working spaces for ambitious entrepreneurs. South and Central America
Fiona Grieve An aluminium potassium sulphate based water filter that allows a ready supply of clean water in Bangladesh. South Asia
Julia King Core House, a concrete frame that provides a basic structure for residents to build on over time. South Asia
Sayali Virulkar Urban farming, an agricultural and urban co-habitation approach. South Asia
Kavin Sundar A scheme to address the impact of urbanisation by turning disused land into common space for public use. South Asia
Sharmila Kandeeban Puranide, an organic filtration system. South Asia
Alistair Brook Construction of an innovation hub in the North West of Bali to help address the trade and tourism imbalance. South East Asia
Hasseef Rafiei New vernacular housing geared towards preserving cultural identities in Kuala Lumpur. South East Asia
Patrick Forlales Affordable, expandable, modular, bamboo housing in Manila to address the housing crisis. South East Asia
Junver Arcayna An accessible and affordable banking app for the people of the Philippines. South East Asia
John Laboguin Reinforced concrete tiles to be introduced in Singapore that convert waste heat energy to useful electrical energy. South East Asia
Henry Smith An idea to address the environmental impact of clay bricks by making them out of waste materials like cigarette butts and coffee grounds UK
Mike Richardson Urban food modules that would produce fish, mushrooms and vegetables in mini-ecosystems. UK
Thomas Jackson A new approach to building on the UK’s greenbelt. UK
Soran Shangapur An idea to address homelessness in Glasgow by converting car parks into overnight homeless shelters. UK
Megan Burke A discount on commercial business rates to incentivise businesses to install air purification towers in London. UK

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Comments (2)

  1. The view from RICS

    Our aim with the Cities for our Future Competition was to harness the ideas of our diverse and talented young people to help solve the challenges of the cities they care about and make them better for generations to come. We hope that the leaders of the world’s cities are listening and will work with us and all of our shortlisted entries to make these ideas a reality and help tackle some of the most pressing issues facing their cities.

    Sean Tompkins

    Sean Tompkins, RICS Chief Executive Officer 29 June at 15:51PM

  1. I look forward to seeing the different solutions! I hope this competition runs next year too, as I would love to enter

    Luke Moxham Luke Moxham, 28 June at 22:14PM

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