Oxford Brookes contribution to Guangzhou Awards for Urban Innovation

Tuesday, 10 March 2015

Guangzhou Awards closing ceremony

Oxford Brookes University and several other WUC partners collaborated closely with other Habitat Agenda partners in helping organise the 2014 Guangzhou Award for Urban Innovation which is jointly sponsored by the City of Guangzhou, UCLG and Metropolis. In collaboration with other urban-focused institutions including ENDA , GDF-Suez, IAU-Ile de France, Penn Institute, World Future Council, and UCLG we participated actively in identifying innovative approaches to sustainable urban development throughout 2014.

Initially in September 2014 Dr. Sue Brownill from the Department of Planning at Oxford Brookes and representatives of Citiscope, IAU and 8 other global and regional institutions participated in the Technical Committee in Guangzhou to select a short-list of 15 outstanding initiatives from a total of 209 submissions from 159 cities and local authorities from 55 countries and territories.

AThe 15 short-listed initiatives were all invited to the second International Conference on Learning from Urban Innovation held in Guangzhou on 27 November 2014 after which an independent jury made its final selection of five awarding initiatives.

The Conference was moderated by Professor Ramin Keivani of the School of the Built Environment at Oxford Brookes University, Ms. Anne- Marie Chavanon of the Council of Europe, Mr. Manrique Roberto of the Inter-American Development Bank, Ms. Wandia Seaforth, former Chief of Best Practices at UN-Habitat, and Mr. Nicholas You, founder and honorary Chaiman of the World Urban Campaign Steering Committee. The Jury was comprised of the former Mayors of Barcelona, Melbourne and Mexico City, Messrs Jordi Hereu, John So and Marcelo Ebrard; Thelma Awori, former Assistant Secretary-General of the United Nations; Mr. Lin Yifu , former Senior Vice President of the World Bank; and Ms. Ana Maria Rodrigues, manager of Institutions for Development at the inter-American Development Bank.

The five award winning initiatives were:

  • Antioquia, Colombia for knitting together a regional territory through innovation in education
  • Bristol, U.K. for its socially inclusive and citizen-led smart city approach
  • Christchurch, New Zealand for a revolutionary approach and new governance model to post-disaster reconstruction building after
  • Dakar, Senegal for having successfully secured a bond rating and mobilised financing on the world financial market;
  • Hangzhou, China for its highly original and large scale approach to bike sharing

The next Award cycle will be in 2016 and WUC partners are invited to participate in various stages of its preparations and organisation.

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