That’s a wrap everyone!

Dear friends, we are done collecting submissions for the Design for Sustainable Cities competition!

Thank you everyone for sharing your remarkable creative thinking with us, and most importantly for dedicating your time and talent to researching solutions for the better future for all of us.

BE OPEN and Cumulus have received hundreds of solutions that will now be systematized and passed on for evaluation to our wonderful expert jury. Within a month’s time the jury will define the list of 50 honourable mentions that will be published in a dedicated online gallery. The jury will then select the winner of the Main and Safe City prizes out of all submissions within the 3 submission categories.

The Founder’s Choice prize will allocated by the Founder of BE OPEN Elena Baturina who will select the awardee out of 50 honourable mentions. The Public Vote prize winner will be decided upon by the majority of votes in an online open vote from 50 honorary mentions.

A live awards ceremony shall take place during the Cumulus Conference Roma 2021: Design Culture(s) at Sapienza University of Rome in June 2021.

Winners in all prize categories will be expected to attend the Rome celebrations. In addition, winners and 50 honorary mentions will be highlighted in BE OPEN, Cumulus and competition websites and publicised via the partners’ social media platforms, gaining many opportunities to see their designs showcased to a worldwide audience.

Happy New Year!

Season’s Greetings to all creatives around the globe from BE OPEN team!
We wish you a joyful holiday season and a new year filled with happiness, positivity, prosperity, professional and personal accomplishments!

Deadline Extended for Design For Sustainable Cities

Dear Friends,
we decided that we all need to chill more closer to the New Year, so we’ve extended the deadline for Design For Sustainable Cities competition till January 31, 2021.
Have lovely seasonal holidays, cherish yourself and your creative talents, submit your entry in January and win €5,000!

Why it is so important to approach cities development with creativity and sustainability in mind

The international student competition “Design for Sustainable Cities” open for submissions till 31 December 2020

According to the UN’s SDG Programme data, since 2007, more than half the world’s population has been living in cities, and that share is projected to rise to 60% by 2030. Cities and metropolitan areas are powerhouses of economic growth. However, they cause and face such issues as increased carbon emissions and resource use. Rapid urbanization is resulting in a growing number of slum dwellers, inadequate and overburdened infrastructure and services, worsening air pollution and unplanned urban sprawl.

It takes creative action to tackle all these issues. All the stakeholders in this international competition programme are positive that creativity, or design-thinking, is integral in the shift to sustainable existence.

Founder of BE OPEN Elena Baturina says: “It is a common misconception that people in the student years are not interested in politics, sustainability and other things decisive for their future. BE OPEN have always been working with students and graduates, on a whole array of educational projects and competitions, and I am convinced that the younger generation today are more responsible and aware than we were at their age. I see incredible commitment, responsiveness and audacity in how they approach whatever problems we ask them to tackle; and believe in their power to creatively transform the world”.