First round of 15 winners of Reinventing Cities competition announced

C40 Cities and EIT Climate-KIC have announced 15 winners of their Reinventing Cities competition, an initiative launched in December 2017 for local innovators to transform underutilised urban spaces into carbon neutral and resilient urban projects. Teams in Chicago, Madrid, Milan, Oslo, Paris and Reykjavík have been chosen.

Supported by EIT Climate-KIC, the Reinventing Cities competition helps bring to life pioneering models of public-private collaboration for carbon-neutral development. These innovative and replicable climate solutions will serve as examples for other cities to reimagine urban development and to drastically reduce the carbon footprint of new and existing buildings, which today account for over 50 per cent of emissions in C40 cities.

After issuing a call for participation in the Reinventing Cities competition, C40 received more than 230 Expressions of Interest from 1,200 companies and organisations, including some of the biggest names in architecture and engineering. The 15 winning teams of architects, urban planners, designers, developers, entrepreneurs and innovators were selected by juries in each city, from amongst 82 finalist teams. The winners will transform their project sites into innovative urban spaces that actively contribute to community health and well-being.

The winning projects are:

GARFIELD GREEN (Chicago, Illinois, United States) is a net-zero carbon and net-zero energy residential community that will be located in Chicago’s East Garfield Park area, a neighbourhood in need of economic investment. This development will generate 100 per cent of its power and process all stormwater on site. The proposal includes a space for healthcare facilities and services, a cafe and restaurant, as well as extensive public green spaces, including an oak arboretum and a rooftop garden.
– More details HERE

MERCADO HABITADO II (Madrid, Spain) is an ambitious net-zero energy project proposing the reactivation of a currently unused market building in Madrid. The renovation will use certified wood and recycled materials in construction, and the project will encourage sustainable consumption habits, foster healthy lifestyles and local and organic produce, and promote intergenerational and social solidarity.
– More details HERE

TERCER SONIDO (Madrid, Spain) will reconnect the residential and industrial areas of Villaverde by creating a place for cohabitation and transmission of musical knowledge. Constructed using building materials designed for reuse, Tercer Sonido will include a music factory and student residences, as well as an auditorium and organic store. The project will restore the site by dedicating 45 per cent of its total surface area to green space and local food production and aims to achieve energy self-sufficiency.
– More details HERE

CAMPUS FOR LIVING CITIES (Madrid, Spain) is an energy-positive student hub that will be located on the South Campus of the Polytechnic University of Madrid. The project includes sports and art facilities, housing, and a rehabilitated laboratory that will house urban ecology and sustainability research projects. The design will minimise energy consumption, allowing the site to meet net-zero energy standards, and includes a green corridor to foster greater biodiversity.
– More details HERE

URBAN BATTERY (Madrid, Spain) is a 4.0 battery plant that will meet its carbon-neutral goals through onsite energy production and storage solutions. Urban Battery is projected to create over 100 green jobs in the development of cutting-edge energy technologies, such as biodegradable batteries for electric mobility and smart device applications and a socially co-managed photovoltaic plant. The project also includes an onsite Compostlab producing high-quality compost from local organic waste.
– More details HERE

L’INNESTO (Milan, Italy) will be Italy’s first carbon-neutral social housing project upon its completion. Located at Scalo Greco Breda, a former freight terminal site, the project proposes an innovative 4th generation district heating system connected to the neighbourhood and powered by on-site renewable sources. The project also has a 60 per cent green space target, as well as an ambitious mobility strategy that limits space for cars. L’Innesto will instead prioritize bike parking, electric car charging terminals, and a shared neighbourhood car fleet.
– More details HERE

CO-INVENTING DORIA (Milan, Italy) is designed as a living manifesto for sustainable urban reinvention. Consisting of a carbon-neutral hostel and a reimagined Viale Doria, the project proposes solutions to several key environmental challenges. The project will procure a significant share of clean energy through its photovoltaic rooftop and a water-to-water heat pump, and it will also use bio-sourced construction materials, such as wood and natural fibres, in the construction process. The building’s envelope will be an innovative “breathing wall” able to recover energy and provide ventilation.
– More details HERE

VITAE (Milan, Italy) promotes harmony between public and private life and illustrates the permeability between nature and urbanity. The building’s signature “Green Spiral” is a path covered by a grapevine pergola and will rise to the top of the building, alternating with terraces, vegetable gardens and seasonal greenhouses. The project includes an overall strategy to reduce its carbon footprint and environmental impact through a wide range of clean energy and low-carbon solutions. By forging strong partnerships with local actors, Vitae will serve to promote sustainable lifestyles.
– More details HERE

TEATRO DELLE TERME (Milan, Italy) is a proposed urban park that will see former historic stables located at Scuderie de Montel converted into a thermal activity centre. Conceived to utilise the thermal water springs present in the site’s subsoil, this project will be powered by on-site photovoltaic energy generation and waste-to-energy energy recovery created by connecting to the district heating network. For this project, the team also intends to purchase carbon credits to offset any residual CO2 emissions.
– More details HERE

RECIPE FOR FUTURE LIVING (Oslo, Norway) is a residential and commercial space with ambitious carbon-neutral and net-zero energy goals. Located at the Fossumdumpa site, the project looks to address the construction industry’s waste problem with an innovative circular economy approach. The project will reduce 90 per cent of emissions by upcycling local building components and construction materials. Recipe for Future Living will also host a start-up incubator community to promote ecological living and climate solutions and dedicate 50 per cent of the site to green public spaces, including gardens, beehives, greenhouses, aquaponics and orangeries.
– More details HERE

THE URBAN VILLAGE (Oslo, Norway) is a carbon-neutral and energy positive community built to prioritize renewables, car-free space, and green areas, such as its proposed greenhouse for herbs, fruits and vegetables. The Urban Village is designed to produce a surplus of energy by significantly reducing its energy usage and producing energy through heat pumps and photovoltaic panels on building facades and rooftops. The Urban Village has proposed to reach its carbon neutrality target by using local construction materials, such as cross-laminated timber.
– More details HERE

MKNO (Paris, France) is a mixed-use development set to include student housing, residential buildings, hotels, offices, local shops, a kindergarten, a library and food incubator. MKNO projects to significantly reduce carbon emissions over its life cycle by using bio-sourced wood and recycled construction materials and procuring at least 50 per cent of its energy from renewable sources and heat recovery. The project also promotes ambitious low-carbon mobility solutions through the creation of the “Garage Bleu”, a mobility incubator focusing on low-carbon solutions.
– More details HERE

ODYSSEE PLEYEL (Paris, France) illustrates the achievements of carbon-neutral development by proposing a zero-carbon retrofit of Hall de Décuvage Pleyel, an industrial building located in Paris-Saint-Denis. The project is designed to be incredibly energy efficient, thanks to the use of hybrid photovoltaic and thermal solar cells and zinc-air batteries. The revitalized space will host science workshops for young people and serve as home to as an innovation studio for start-ups, industrial partners and NGOs to share their clean energy, climate, and sustainable development solutions.
– More details HERE

LIFANDI LANDSLAG (Reykjavík, Iceland) is a zero-carbon, mixed-use building that harnesses PassivHouse standards and objectives for energy efficiency. Located at the Ártún, Malarhöfði site, the project will be Iceland’s largest wooden building upon its completion. Lifandi Landslag, which translates to Living Landscape, will pursue an ambitious biodiversity plan by dedicating 75 per cent of the site to green space, including a large central garden and green roofs. The project also aims to expand low-carbon mobility by expanding walking and cycling infrastructure and allocating 50 per cent of parking spaces to electric vehicles.
– More details HERE

FABRIC (Reykjavík, Iceland) integrates co-living and co-working spaces into a low-energy hub contributing to better, healthier, and greener cities. Constructed with low-carbon building materials, including wood and locally produced stone wool, Fabric takes an ambitious circular economy approach set to result in 95 per cent of waste being diverted from landfills. The project will also promote biodiversity with green walls and roofs, greenhouses, and a thermal winter garden that will function as both a wind shelter and social space.
– More details HERE

Mayor of Paris and Chair of C40, Anne Hidalgo:
“Congratulations to everyone involved in these 15 winning projects of Reinventing Cities. More than 1,200 architects, urban designers, community groups, artists and engineers submitted proposals to participate in this unprecedented competition. Together they have raised the bar for what sustainable urban design looks like, including a multitude of solutions for zero carbon buildings and more sustainable ways of living in our cities. I look forward to seeing these projects become reality and I am certain they will inspire others to match their ambition.

Architects, developers, engineers, creative minds and citizens, this is just the start! We need to deliver the city of tomorrow, today. We need to act fast and scale up these solutions to create a new standard of sustainability in our great cities. New winning projects will be unveiled in more cities soon and I am pleased to announce that C40 is already preparing the next edition of Reinventing Cities. Be ready!”

Governing Mayor of Oslo, Raymond Johansen:
“I am very pleased with this recognition of our work to promote climate-friendly solutions for how we build and live in cities. This year Oslo is the European Green Capital. Changing how we live, travel and build is important to reduce our emissions. We are very pleased that our two sites, Fossumdumpa in Stovner and Bygata in Furuset, have been recognized by C40. This is important for Oslo, to help us communicate to our citizens that the transformation we are seeking is not just happening here, but worldwide.”

Mayor of Milan, Giuseppe Sala:
“As a Mayor, I am very pleased and, at the same time, proud of the results of the Reinventing Cities competition in Milan. Pleased, because the winning projects demonstrate that a new model of urban renewal, based on carbon-neutral, socially sustainable and economically viable innovative solutions, can be realized in our cities today. Proud, because the high quality and quantity of project proposals that we have received confirm that Milan has the proper skills, resources and vision to take on the challenges of climate change and urban development. Reinventing Cities is a great opportunity both for the participating cities and other municipalities around the world, as it provides a broad range of groundbreaking projects from which to draw inspiration for the design of a resilient urban environment.”

Mayor of Madrid, Manuela Carmena:
“In a world in which more and more people live in urban places, Reinventing Cities is an opportunity to promote a new urbanism that demonstrates that there are other ways of understanding and wanting cities, always putting the emphasis on environmental sustainability, innovation and collaboration with all social agents. Only then can move towards cities tailored to people, and recover areas in decline to turn them into poles of activity and regeneration.”

Mayor of Reykjavík, Dagur B. Eggertsson:
“Climate change is the biggest issue the world faces today and cities should and need to become a part of the solution. A competition like Re-inventing cities is truly inspirational, showcasing how we can really make a difference. How cities can become more sustainable, with new methods of building, social engagement and economic benefits. The chosen sites in Reykjavík are situated in key locations within the urban context and that showcases how these issues are put in the forefront in the development of Reykjavík. The collaborative spirit and methods introduced by the competition really enhances the quality of each submitted proposal and each project is a good example on how we can rethink and reshape our cities, introducing a new and a better way of life.”

Former Mayor of Chicago, Rahm Emanuel:
“From investing in electric vehicles and public transportation, to reducing electricity usage in our buildings, to updating streetlights across the city, Chicago’s communities are showcasing to the world the impact that cities can have on climate change for their residents. Garfield Green will be a place to live, work and play, proving reinvention is a part of Chicago’s DNA.”

Additional winning projects will be announced in other cities, including Auckland, Montreal, Houston, Rio de Janeiro and Vancouver in the near future.

 
Location
Spain
Related Goal
Goal 2: Nurture nature-based resilience for cities
Articles you may be interested in
In The News
EIT Climate-KIC selects five partners in Global South to implement gender main...

The intersection of climate and innovation remains a male-dominated...

EIT Climate-KIC selects five partners in Global South to implement gender mainstreaming into entrepreneurship
In The News
Citizens inspire a car-free Leuven

A broad survey, possible solutions displayed on screens, inspirational...

Citizens inspire a car-free Leuven
In The News
EIT Climate-KIC accelerates climate tech solutions for a net-zero Africa 

Climate-focused start-up teams in developing countries face distinct challenges...

EIT Climate-KIC accelerates climate tech solutions for a net-zero Africa 
In The News
New European Bauhaus Hackathons will reward most innovative solutions

EIT Community New European Bauhaus partners will be hosting...

New European Bauhaus Hackathons will reward most innovative solutions
In The News
Slovenia takes a pivotal turn towards circularity

Slovenia has decided to actively combat climate change by...

Slovenia takes a pivotal turn towards circularity
In The News
Innovative climate projects part of EIT Community New European Bauhaus initiat...

The European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT) has...

Innovative climate projects part of EIT Community New European Bauhaus initiative
In The News
A new air and climate plan for Milan

The City Council of Milan approved the Air and...

A new air and climate plan for Milan
In The News
Meet the three EIT Climate-KIC innovators nominated for EIT Awards

Three innovators from EIT Climate-KIC’s community have been nominated...

Meet the three EIT Climate-KIC innovators nominated for EIT Awards
In The News
100 European cities take up the challenge to become carbon neutral by 2030

On Monday 13 June, the representatives of the 100...

100 European cities take up the challenge to become carbon neutral by 2030
In The News
The role of cities and regions in transforming wood value chains

Climate smart forest economies It’s a crucial decade for...

The role of cities and regions in transforming wood value chains
In The News
Glasgow City Region pioneering forest economy innovation to drive climate acti...

Scotland’s largest city region is actively tackling climate change...

Glasgow City Region pioneering forest economy innovation to drive climate action
In The News
Forging sustainable timber construction in Europe

EIT Climate-KIC and Built by Nature, announce an initiative...

Forging sustainable timber construction in Europe
In The News
EIT Climate-KIC launches new Circularity Thinking training programme

EIT Climate-KIC is launching Circularity Thinking courses to tackle...

EIT Climate-KIC launches new Circularity Thinking training programme
In The News
EIT Climate-KIC announces four winners of EIT Community Booster

EIT Climate-KIC selected four cleantech start-ups to be part...

EIT Climate-KIC announces four winners of EIT Community Booster
In The News
Science reveals last paths to stop irreversible planetary damage

Climate change is going to get worse, but curbing global warming is...

Science reveals last paths to stop irreversible planetary damage
In The News
EIT Community presents New European Bauhaus Ideation Awards winners

Supported by the EIT Community, the New European Bauhaus...

EIT Community presents New European Bauhaus Ideation Awards winners
In The News
EIT Climate-KIC joins forces with the Government of Ireland to stimulate clima...

The Ministry of Agriculture, Food and the Marine of...

EIT Climate-KIC joins forces with the Government of Ireland to stimulate climate innovation in the agri-food sector
In The News
Climate Lab: EIT Climate-KIC co-initiates hotspot for Vienna’s climate ambit...

Climate Lab in Vienna will give climate actors an...

Climate Lab: EIT Climate-KIC co-initiates hotspot for Vienna’s climate ambitions
In The News
Seven takeaways from the latest IPCC report

On 28 February, the IPCC Sixth Assessment Report (AR6)...

Seven takeaways from the latest IPCC report
In The News
EIT launches new Global Outreach website

The European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT) has...

EIT launches new Global Outreach website
In The News
EIT Climate-KIC and Amazon launch call for sustainable start-ups

Working on transformative, systemic innovation to accelerate a net-zero...

EIT Climate-KIC and Amazon launch call for sustainable start-ups
In The News
Votes open for the 2021 New European Bauhaus Ideation Awards – Audience Awar...

Do you want to support innovative solutions that integrate...

Votes open for the 2021 New European Bauhaus Ideation Awards – Audience Award
In The News
Brill Power’s new innovation radically increases battery life and storag...

Brill Power, supported by EIT Climate-KIC, has launched the...

Brill Power’s new innovation radically increases battery life and storage capacity
In The News
EIT Climate-KIC CEO Dr. Kirsten Dunlop gives TEDx Talk

EIT Climate-KIC CEO Dr. Kirsten Dunlop delivered a talk,...

EIT Climate-KIC CEO Dr. Kirsten Dunlop gives TEDx Talk
In The News
Putting theory into practice: EIT Climate-KIC Pioneer innovating the Greek mar...

To tackle complex climate challenges, we need a broader...

Putting theory into practice: EIT Climate-KIC Pioneer innovating the Greek maritime sector
In The News
EIT launches call for proposals to boost innovation in Higher Education Instit...

Unlocking the potential of higher education institutions for innovation...

EIT launches call for proposals to boost innovation in Higher Education Institutions
In The News
The Dolomites forging climate resilience

The Italian Dolomites, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, are...

The Dolomites forging climate resilience
In The News
People-powered resilience: Andalusia announces new climate action plan

The region’s climate action plan has been announced, with...

People-powered resilience: Andalusia announces new climate action plan
In The News
Built by Nature: new initiative to accelerate the transition to sustainable co...

The built environment accounts for close to 40 per...

Built by Nature: new initiative to accelerate the transition to sustainable construction in cities
In The News
The State of California and EIT Climate-KIC advance partnership for climate in...

Glasgow, 8 November – The California Governor’s Office of...

The State of California and EIT Climate-KIC advance partnership for climate innovation