‘Sustain-a-City: an urban innovation challenge’ invites youths to share their vision for sustainable, net-zero cities

‘Sustain-a-City: an urban innovation challenge’ invites youths to share their vision for sustainable, net-zero cities

Temasek’s Ecosperity platform has launched Sustain-a-City: An Urban Innovation Challenge, a competition that invites youths to imagine what a sustainable, net-zero city would look like. The competition is an initiative by Ecosperity, Temasek’s key platform for sustainability engagement and advocacy, in partnership with Arkki Singapore, a leading school of architecture and creativity for youth.

Cities are critical in the fight against climate change: Over half of the world’s population currently resides in urban areas and that number is expected to grow to 68 per cent by 2050, up from 55 per cent today. Cities also account for more than 70 per cent of global carbon dioxide emissions today, underscoring just how critical sustainable urban development is. Sustain-a-City aims to inspire youths to think about how we can reduce carbon emissions from cities even as urban populations and economies continue to grow. 

The competition invites students to design and develop innovative solutions for cities that address one or more of the following themes: Energy and Resource SystemsFuture of MobilitySustainable Buildings & InfrastructureWaste Management & Circular Economy; and Nature & Biodiversity. Adopting a fully digital format, the competition is open to all registered students between the ages of 18 and 25, as of date of registration.

Students can register as individuals or in teams of up to three from now until 5 April 2023. Successful registrants will undergo a semi-guided process through virtual workshops held in April. These workshops will provide participants with added perspectives on topics ranging from urban planning to sustainable product design from industry players, as well as mentorship by coaches from Arkki Singapore. 

Participants’ submissions - in the form of a short video and a supporting essay - will be evaluated by a panel of judges, which includes Temasek’s Head of Real Estate, Alpin Mehta, GoTo Group’s Head of Sustainability Tanah Sullivan, SJ CityGlobal’s CEO Nina Yang and WWF-Singapore’s Conservation Director Elizabeth Clarke.

S$18,000 in prize money will be awarded to the top three teams. The top two teams will also get the opportunity to experience an enriching 5-day learning trip to Helsinki, Finland, hosted by Arkki Finland. There will also be a S$2,000 cash prize for the winner of the People’s Choice Award. Winners will be announced at Temasek’s Ecosperity Week in June 2023.

For more information on Sustain-a-City: An Urban Innovation Challenge, please visit www.ecosperity.sg/sustain-a-city or follow us on LinkedIn and Facebook.

About Temasek and Ecosperity

Temasek is an investment company with a net portfolio value of S$403 billion (US$297b, €268b, £227b, RMB1.89t) as at 31 March 2022. Our Purpose “So Every Generation Prospers” guides us to make a difference for today’s and future generations. Our Temasek Charter defines our three roles as an Investor, Institution and Steward, and shapes our ethos to do well, do right and do good.

Sustainability is at the core of all that we do. We are committed to catalysing solutions to global challenges and activating capital – financial, human, social and natural – to bring about a better and more inclusive world for all.

As Temasek’s key platform for global engagement and advocacy around sustainability, Ecosperity brings together leaders across the private and public sectors, academia and civil society to exchange views, share best practices and push the agenda on sustainable development. Twinning ecology and prosperity, the word Ecosperity reflects Temasek’s belief that doing good and doing well can – and must – go together.

For more information on Temasek, please visit www.temasek.com.sg.

About Arkki Singapore 

Arkki is an award-winning school of architecture and creative education for future innovators and job creators. Founded in Finland and backed by 30 years of research and practice, Arkki is the first-of-its-kind in Singapore that uses architecture and design as an interdisciplinary and holistic medium to nurture the new generation with an inventive and possible mindset.

Our proprietary curriculum aims to integrate sustainability with innovation, and advance the development of an individual’s creativity, critical thinking and problem-solving skills when navigating complex scenarios. Arkki coaches are professionals with architecture or design backgrounds and certified by Arkki International.

For more information on Arkki, please visit www.Arkki.sg.

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