The Ministry of Housing and Territorial Equality has launched the registration period for the 5th Awards for Young Urbanists in order to valorize the young generation and its ability to respond to the complexity of current urban problems. Registration is open to all young professionals, regardless of nationality.
In such a way, the ministry wants to valorize the knowhow and horizontal approaches which are innovative and integrated in the different domains of urbanism, and that will help to enact the principles of sustainable development and make up the territorial engineering of tomorrow. The goal is to put on display the trends at work in urbanism, to valorize new sensibilities, approaches and knowledge in order to reveal new concepts and tools that allow for imagining the city of tomorrow.
The 2014 Awards for Young Urbanists is now open!
We are particularly talking about taking into account the current constraints, such as sustainable planning, the interconnectedness and balance of territories, the fight against global warming and urban sprawl, nature in the city and risk integration.
Every year, a group of urbanists compete individually or in teams are named winners and become beneficiaries of support from the ministry. The objective of the awards is to reveal these young urbanists, who are younger than 40 (for team candidates, the average age of the people making up the team should not be more than 40, with an individual upper limit set at age 45) and come from different settings and viewpoints, and have them participate in different domains of planning and urbanism in order to make it easier for them to access markets.
Since the creation of the awards in 2005, 58 young, talented people have received this recognition from the ministry for their creativity, imagination and ability to propose innovative concepts. Each year's laureates become part of a publication, assembling the different prize-winning works.
All these factors make the awards a great tool for shedding light on and valorizing a multidisciplinary profession that is indispensable in imagining territories and creating the city.
In order to be selected, candidates need to demonstrate, through their professional or academic ventures, their ability to take into account the great contemporary stakes of urbanism (sustainable and resilient territories), to invest in innovative domains, and to develop new methodologies for interconnecting and integrating different approaches. They also need to show that they are adept at capitalizing on the teachings related to their own professional practices, taking a position toward the different streams of current thought and the stakes of tomorrow.
Follow this link for the entire call for applicants and the different ways to register. Each candidate or team of candidates must fill out the registration form and send his or her complete portfolio before Sept. 22, 2014 at 9 pm GMT.
Good luck to everyone! You can look up the 2012 awards here.
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Original article, originally published in French, here.
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