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28 JUN 2018

Europe shortlist announced for global future cities competition

An idea to address the problem of water shortages in Poznan (Poland) and pollution in Naples, (Italy) are among those shortlisted for Europe in a global competition run by RICS, the largest international organisation in the real estate and construction sector.

The full shortlist of entries announced today includes:

  • A new technology to solve the problem of water scarcity in Kazan, Russia, by extracting moisture from the air, proposed by Anna Budnikova from Russia.
  • An idea to create more green space in Milan by changing the way the streets are used to decrease parking space, proposed by Aitor López from Spain. 
  • The creation of a digital knowledge platform called “Sharing the waterfront” to monitor and highlight pollution in Naples proposed by Mariarosaria Angrisano from Italy. 
  • The installation of public benches that capture rainwater to tackle water shortages in Poznan, Poland, proposed by Maria Dolniak from Poland. 
  • A new system to capture and filter rainwater in urban areas proposed by Tijman Dekkers from The Netherlands. 

With three million people moving to cities every week, the growth of the urban population is one of the biggest challenges facing society today. This rapid expansion is putting ever more strain on urban infrastructure and services. Many city dwellers live in slums or poor quality housing; many put up with poor air quality and inadequate transport links.

The Cities for our Future competition run by RICS in partnership with UNESCO and the Association of Commonwealth Universities called upon young people to come up with new ideas to help tackle the most pressing problems affecting cities in Europe and around the world. The competition received more than 1,200 entries globally.

An overall winner from Europe will be announced in July and will go on to the global shortlist with the chance to win over €56,000. All entries on the global shortlist will get the chance to work with an expert mentor provided by RICS, who will help develop the idea in the run up to the final judging in November.

Cities across Europe face huge challenges in dealing with demographic change and the environmental impact of modern cities.  The brilliant ideas put forward by entrants to this competition may well hold the key to solving these problems. We have been wowed by the inventiveness and enthusiasm of the younger generation and truly believe that any of the five shortlisted entries could go on to win the competition.

Sander Scheurwater
Regional Judge and Director Corporate Affairs, RICS Europe

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
RICS Global CEO