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Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Competition :: Cities for Our Time: Practical Ideas for Equitable and Sustainable Cities


Competition :: Cities for Our Time: Practical Ideas for Equitable and Sustainable Cities
Registration Deadline - Sunday, August 31, 2014

Today, there's new interest in living in the city, but also many challenges.  High housing costs and limited supply have caused gentrification and overcrowding.  Resource use still needs to be reduced for a truly sustainable ecosystem.

Do you have a radical yet practical design idea to make the place you live (or want to live) more sustainable, socially just, and perhaps also fun?  It could be a new type of zoning for tiny houses, a rooftop gadget, a mixed use space rented by the hour, or re-imagining transportation in an entire metropolitan area.  Ideas can be small, big, temporary, or permanent.   But they should be site specific - a building, a block, a town, maybe a vehicle, and also not pure fantasy - a key part of the judging criteria will be how economically and politically feasible your plan is.

Entries will be put to a public vote on Facebook, and also judged by an interdisciplinary team of young professionals, students, and activists.  Results will be published online and in a book.

Entries will be judged  on:
Basic Requirements: Safe and Accessible - meets exiting and ADA regulations.
25% Ecological Sustainability
25% Social Justice
25% Economic Feasibility / Affordability
25% Political Feasibility

Competition is open to anyone.
A total of $1000 in prizes will be awarded.  10 winners will be selected; 5 by vote, 5 by the jury.

For more information and registration, visit http://cities.firstcultural.com/

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