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Six contests launched in major pan-Nordic initiative

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The Nordic Built Cities Challenge (NBCC) has announced six competitions for sites across Scandinavia

Projects include a green transport hub at Trygve Lies square in Oslo and a residential-led, 22-hectare regeneration in Espoo, Finland.

Other contests include new affordable housing around Sege Park in Malmö, Sweden and upgrading Iceland’s 15,000m² Karsnes Harbour.

Delivering climatically adaptive solutions for Copenhagen’s northwestern Nørrebro district and new housing for a sloping site in the Faroe Islands also feature.

NBCC is part of the Danish government’s Nordic Built Cities initiative. Adam Khan Architects won a contest for a £20 million overhaul of a 50-year-old social housing complex in Copenhagen two years ago in an earlier tranche of the programme.

The brief for the latest competitions reads: ‘All frontrunners within technology, construction, ICT, urban planning, architecture, transportation, housing, smart city, energy, social entrepreneurship and beyond – students, startups or large established companies – are invited to submit their proposal to the Nordic Built Cities Challenge.’

The document continues: ‘The background for the Nordic Built Cities Challenge is the unprecedented urbanization that characterizes the 21st century. Resource scarcity, climate change and population increase pose challenges to the cities of the world.

‘The situation creates a global market for innovative solutions for our urban environment – and the overall aim of the Nordic Built Cities Challenge is to contribute to the development and visualization of Nordic innovative solutions for liveable, smart and sustainable cities.’

A total of 24 finalists will be announced on 3 February and will receive prizes of around £24,000 each.

The winners from each individual contest – set to be revealed on 17 June – will then compete for NBCC’s overall £100,000 prize fund.

The judging will focus on innovative solutions which are scalable and have export potential.  Awards will also be given for collaborative proposals.

A free ‘matchmaking event’ for interested participants will be held the Radisson Blu Arlandia Hotel in Stockholm on 5 November.

 The deadline for requests to participate is midnight local time on 17 December.





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