In 2020 and 2021, we held two digital competitions exploring potential redesigns for urban spaces traditionally given over to cars, including roads, pavements and private parking. We asked students from nine UK universities to imagine vital new ways to use these transitionary spaces in the future, taking into account density and sustainability as well as changing patterns around cycling, public transportation and private car ownership.
Entrants for each competition joined us over video conference for a digital charrette, then presented their final designs – refined over several weeks – to a panel of judges online.
Competition series 1
We welcomed judges from Urbik, AKTII, Make and the FSF for this competition, which challenged each team to revitalise a street or road for the local community using a sub-theme like ‘movement’ or ‘exchange’.
For this competition, we asked entrants to redesign a city-centre streetscape to accommodate shifting workplace trends, including the rise of remote working. Judges from Momentum Transport and Floornature joined representatives from Make and the FSF.