Post-Fossil City

Imagine a city that is not addicted to fossil fuels. How would that change the way we live, work, and move around the city?

Category Idea Competition / Open to Students
Type International, Idea, Open, Single-Stage
Genre Urban
Country Utrecht, Netherlands
RegDeadline 24 February 2017 GoogleCal iCal
24 February 2017 (via Online)
Eligibility All

In order to make the future, we first have to imagine it.
Fossil fuels have shaped the world as we know it. They have defined how we move around in our cars, generate electricity, how we produce and consume food, run our economies, and design our cities. As we’re moving towards a post-fossil future, our addiction to coal, gas and oil will come to an end. This transition and new era will reshape cities and everyday life so radically that it’s hard to imagine what it will feel, taste, smell, and look like.
Innovation is the result of responding with ideas to problems. Both the automobile and bicycle were developed in response to dissatisfaction with transportation by horse, and as we know, these means of transportation continue to make an impact on our environment. Planners and architects like Cornelis van Eesteren, Robert Moses and Le Corbusier designed cities for car traffic — machines for living, focused entirely on efficiency. Today, their ideas are seen as failed utopias, that have nonetheless strongly influenced the urban landscape. Let us design — aspects of — a new, post-fossil city, adapted to this major challenge of our time? Do you think this city would be a utopia or a dystopia, and which problems might arise in the process of achieving this?
The Urban Futures Studio asks creative thinkers and makers to take the problems of our current cities as a starting point, in order to imagine the everyday texture of the post-fossil city. We would love to hear and see your ideas.

MAARTEN HAJER, Utrecht University & Urban Futures Studio
ANITA VAN DEN ENDE, Ministry of Infrastructure & Environment
LOT VAN HOOIJDONK, City of Utrecht
WILLEM SCHINKEL, Erasmus University

Ten finalists will receive €1,000 each to further work out their plans with support from our curatorial team.

Entry Fee

The finalists will present their proposals at a public event in Utrecht on March 16.
The finalized works will be included in the Post-Fossil City Exhibit in Utrecht, which opens on June 15.

The Urban Futures Studio (UFS)

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