C40 Cities launches new global competition to generate ideas that will help deliver a green and just recovery from the COVID-19 crisis

Quezon City, 10 December 2020 – Today, Quezon City  joined 17 global cities to launch Students Reinventing Cities, a pioneering competition that will enable students and universities from across the globe to share their vision for a green and just reinvention of our cities.

In a first of its kind, the competition is being led by C40 Cities – the global network of cities committed to bold climate action. The C40 Students Reinventing Cities Competition is dedicated to transforming cities in the face of the climate crisis, by driving an active collaboration between cities and academe on climate action.  The competition will ignite creative, imaginative, and tangible ways to decarbonise city neighbourhoods, as well as to support thriving and resilient life for local communities.

Today, Quezon City is thrilled to be part of Students Reinventing Cities and is inviting academics and students to share their creative vision and fresh ideas in line with the city’s climate priorities. The city has identified the area of former Payatas Controlled Disposal Facility (PCDF) as a specific focus. The site is of great interest for the city which aims to progress some pilot projects, in the near future.

Students entering the competition will be invited to submit their entries to redesign PCDF for the benefit of all city residents and of the climate. The winning projects will be celebrated in a global communication campaign and winning students will be invited to present their projects to local business leaders, city officials and leading climate organisations.

C40 Cities is calling on multi-disciplinary teams formed by students in urbanism, architecture, and environment as well as in business, real estate and engineering from local universities. The students will be asked to share and celebrate innovative solutions to environmental and societal challenges.

 Mayor Joy Belmonte of Quezon City said: “Today, I am thrilled to launch the Students Reinventing Cities with 17 other Mayors and with C40 Cities.  I truly believe that academics and students have a key role to play in this vital revolution for a greener, fairer and more equal future, locally and globally.

“Now more than ever, we need to work collectively to redevelop our cities and neighbourhoods so that we can not only improve local people’s health and wellbeing, but so we can collectively work toward a unified global response to the climate crisis.

“Here in Quezon City we are committed to rethinking our neighbourhoods to accelerate the urban green transition. The city envision to redevelop PCDF as an open space where people can relax, an agriculturally productive site that will increase livelihoods,  biodiversity corridor that link La Mesa Watershed and Rizal Mountain Range and a future model for a 15 minute city.

Mark Watts, C40 Executive Director, explains: “Across the globe, COVID-19 has profoundly impacted the way we work, travel and live day-to-day. In the process it has exacerbated existing inequalities and hit vulnerable communities the hardest, urging us to prioritise a green and just recovery from the pandemic, and accelerate equitable solutions to the climate crisis.

“This competition is an opportunity for students to have a voice, to share their ideas and passion for making change, and contribute to these solutions. We’re inviting students and academia to reimagine a series of large-scale sites that participating cities want to revitalise, to collectively build greener and fairer cities for all.”

Other cities participating in the competition include; Athens, Auckland, Barcelona, Bogotá, Buenos Aires, Chicago, Dakar, Delhi, Dubai, Madrid, Melbourne, Montréal, Paris, Quito, Reykjavík, Seattle and Washington D.C.

The competition is being supported by a collective of academic leaders from across the globe, a number of who have been instrumental in drawing up the Academic Manifesto for A Green And Just Future.  The Manifesto is calling for academic institutions to step up in the fight against climate change and to cooperate with cities to take part in the campaign for a Global Green New Deal. 

Academia and students interested in entering the competition can find out more at www.c40reinventingcities.orgDeadline for entries is March 2021. The finalists will then be selected and invited to submit their final proposals by May 2021. A jury from the city and C40 Cities will select a winner for each city site, which will be announced at a ceremony in July 2021. The C40 Students Reinventing Cities Competition is being supported by funding partners Ikea and the SNF – Stavros Niarchos Foundation.

About C40 Cities:

C40 is focused on tackling climate change and driving urban action that reduces greenhouse gas emissions and climate risks, while increasing the health, wellbeing and economic opportunities of urban citizens.  The organisation connects 97 of the world’s greatest cities to take bold climate action and collectively lead the way towards a healthier and more sustainable future. C40 supports cities to collaborate effectively, share knowledge and drive meaningful, measurable and sustainable action to create greener and fairer urban spaces.

Representing 700+ million citizens and one quarter of the global economy, mayors of the C40 cities are committed to delivering on the most ambitious goals of the Paris Agreement at a local level, as well as cleaning the air we breathe.