WAN’s Urban Challenge gathers pace

Nick Myall
Tuesday 24 Apr 2018

The ideas competition for WAN’s Urban Challenge, ‘Reclaiming Our Streets’ has attracted 76 highly imaginative entries

Within the next decade or so, city streets will be redefined by two powerful events, the advent of autonomous vehicles and an increasing awareness of the health risks from vehicle pollution. Following the success of last year’s campaign, the WAN Urban Challenge www.wanurbanchallenge.com sets out to tackle the issues at hand, ensuring that good design is at the heart of the solution that cities will need. The global ideas competition set to bring together project proposals for new transformative urban schemes. A total of 76 projects have been submitted from a broad range of international architects including Perkins+Will, FXCollaborative, Perkins Eastman, Farrells, Gensler and Foster + Partners. Judging the projects is taking place in London on 24.4.18 with results coming soon.

As part of the process of assessing the submitted projects, World Architecture News will assemble a Task Force made up of professionals from across the architectural, engineering, technology, commercial and planning spectrum who will assess the range of opportunities and proposals that focus on 'reclaiming our streets'. The Task Force will sit on 22nd May in London.

Finally, The World Architecture News ‘Reclaiming the Streets’ Symposium will take place at the NLA in central London on the 20th of September where the blueprint, enshrining the key issues and best proposals for reimagining our city streets will be presented to a panel of city leaders and then debated and discussed. An audience of over 200 experts and decision makers from across the architectural, engineering and planning spectrum will discuss the issues at hand with a panel lead debate and Q & A sessions.

Attendees will be presented with a Blueprint for Reclaiming the Streets which will set out the plans brought forwards from the WUC18 Task Force.

Nick Myall

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