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The United Kingdom National Commission of UNESCO, the Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU) and the Royal Institution Of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) are inviting entries for the global Cities for Our Future Challenge, a competition for young professionals, start-ups or students in surveying, urban design, architecture or engineering to submit exciting. innovative ideas that help solve the following 3 issues:

  • Rapid Urbanisation: Entrants can choose to submit entries for specific challenges in the cities of Sao Paolo, Delhi, Beijing, Melbourne, Singapore, Glasgow, Amsterdam, Budapest, London or Manchester, or they could nominate their own cities and write their own briefs
  • Climate Change: Imaginative countermeasures need to be implemented in developing and developed cities, targeting longevity and low energy use. Entrants select challenges for the cities of Nairobi, New York, Toronto, Mumbai, Shanghai, GCC cities in the Middle East, or write for their briefs for other cities
  • Resource Scarcity: Entrants are asked to submit entries that help cities to implement policies, action plans and projects to feed, water, and fuel their growing urban populations in a sustainable way whilst reducing their ecological footprint. Specific challenges are given for the following cities: Durban, Lagos, Mexico City, Washington DC, Hong Kong, Tokyo, Christchurch and Milan; or entrants could nominate their own cities.


The winner will receive a £50,000 prize and mentoring with industry experts to bring their idea to life. Their ideas could be made into prototypes that make a positive contribution to the world. Winners will also get the chance to build their professional profiles at an international level, potentially kick-start rewarding and varied careers, and work with experts within the surveying industry.


Anyone, other than employees of the RICS, are eligible to enter the competition. However, the organisers are particularly interested in hearing from young professionals, students or startups in the field of surveying, urban design and engineering, and green technologies. Entrants can choose to participate as individuals or in teams. They can submit as many entries as they like, but only 1 complete entry can reach the shortlist phase.

All entries will be judged on their impact, excitement, scale, relevance and feasibility.


Entries are to be submitted online by 31 May 2018.

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