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14 AGO. 2018

Cities for our Future: A focus on water scarcity

This impressive competition was launched last January 2018 with a closing date for entries of 31 May 2018. The entrants were judged at a regional level by leading experts in surveying, engineering, city infrastructure and related fields.

Judges included professionals from global property firms such as JLL and Cushman & Wakefield, academics from NYU and Massey University and government bodies including the government of Qatar and the Singapore Centre for Liveable cities.

We received over 1,200 entries from around the globe and 100 entries from Europe. From the 100 entries in Europe, 12 were nominated for the European shortlist. We have just announced the 12 shortlisted finalists from all over the world. Europe’s finalist is Tijmen Dekkers.

Delta X: a system to capture and filter rainwater in urban areas

Tijmen Dekkers from The Netherlands proposed the development of the Delta X – a construction that captures and filters rainwater and is extremely strong, yet cheap and easy to build. A lack of access to clean water affects more than one billion people globally, according to the WWF.

The Delta X is made from aluminium, can be designed in any length, depth and width and can be erected in just one day. It uses a hydraulic system to pump and filter water and a digital monitoring system to measure the quantity and purity of the water.

This innovative idea for a system to capture and filter rainwater in urban areas is a solution to a problem so many around the world are facing. This is the reason RICS has created this competition, to encourage young people around the world to think about the challenges facing the world’s cities and to draw upon their imagination and innovative ideas to create real, practical solutions that global cities can implement.

The next step

The next step in the Cities for our Future competition, run in partnership with the United Kingdom National Commission for UNESCO and the Association of Commonwealth Universities, will see each of the 12 finalists given an RICS mentor to help them develop their idea in advance of the final judging in November. 

The overall winner will be announced at a ceremony in November.