Reinventing Cities – International Competition | City of Reykjavík

Reinventing Cities – International Competition

Friday, 9. March 2018

The City of Reykjavík has been invited to take part in the competition for sustainable development of three underutilized spaces, in the Reinventing Cities project.

  • A building lot at the mouth of Elliðaár river which Reykjavík will give up for redevolopment.
    A building lot at the mouth of Elliðaár river which Reykjavík will give up for redevolopment, one of three such spaces that the City will provide.

An international team will select the best solutions in regards to sustainability and resiliency.

An open seminar was held in City Hall Wednesday 7 March 2018 with the participation of international experts.

The City of Reykjavík is part of the C40 Cities partnership that connects more than 90 of the world’s greatest cities. The 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 current chair of the C40 is the Mayor of Paris Anne Hidalgo; and Michael R.Bloomberg, three-term Mayor of New York City, serves as President of the Board. 

Reykjavík was identified as one of 19 cities to participate in the Reinventing Cities competition where three underutilized spaces will be redeveloped within the city.  Through this competition, C40 and the participating cities, invite architects, developers, environmentalists, neighbourhood groups, innovators and artists to build creative teams and to compete for the opportunity to transform these sites into new beacons of sustainability and resiliency. They will also have to demonstrate how innovative climate solutions can be achieved in combination with noteworthy architecture and local community benefits.

Open Seminar on Reinventing Cities 

Reinventing Cities seminar was held at Reykjavík City Hall, Tjarnargata 11, 7 March.

The seminar was opened by Dagur B. Eggertsson the Mayor of Reykjavík.

Florence de Marignan (consultant, Algoé) / Nicolas Ledoux (Director, Algoé) : Presentation of C40 and Reinventing cities

Maud Caubet, architect (Founder of Maud Caubet Architectes) : Examples of winning projects of Inventing the Greater Paris Metropolis and feedback on the process from an architect’s perspective

Anders Røberg-Larsen (Political advisor to the Vice-Mayor of Urban-Development of Oslo): Overview of the sites of Oslo

Hjalmar Sveinsson, Chairman of the Council of Environment and Planning introduced the sites selected by the City of Reykjavík for development.

Reinventing Cities is a great opportunity for cities, urban development stakeholders, and citizens to benefit from this ‘open source’ and international contest designed to accelerate decarbonised, resilient and sustainable urban environments around the world.

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