Competition 2013 “Ideas for the City”
More than 2,700 projects from all over Germany have received prizes since 2006. For the first time, the competition in 2013 reflected the annual theme, “Ideas for the City”, honouring 100 projects that provide solutions to the challenges facing cities and regions in the future.
Many urban centres in Germany and all over the world are booming. While interest in city life is growing, smaller towns and communities are suffering population declines. These developments pose a number of challenges. How can traffic in big cities be managed in the future? How can old and young live together in an aging society? How to power the city of the future? And, last but not least, the question of how to make rural areas more attractive. Every day, people all over Germany find answers to these questions by developing new ideas with creativity, passion, and ingenuity. Their projects deserve a stage on which they can be appreciated. The “Germany – Land of Ideas” initiative and Deutsche Bank award prizes to such ideas in the annual competition “Landmarks in the Land of Ideas”, putting the innovations of creative minds in the public eye.
The themes range from culture, communication, and construction to mobility and living. These projects can make a sustainable contribution to the city of the future, not only in Germany but all over the world.
Good ideas are sought from all regions of Germany that already provide answers today to the challenges of tomorrow. The ideas should constitute innovative solutions that serve as models both nationally and internationally. Whether they are projects and ideas from business, culture, science, environment, education or society, ingenuity knows no boundaries.
Companies, research organizations and universities, as well as art and cultural institutions, social enterprises and initiatives across Germany took part in the competition. A high-profile jury representing all areas of society, co-chaired by Professor Dr. Michael Hüther, Director and member of the Management Board of the Cologne Institute for Economic Research, and Professor Martin Roth, Director of the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, selected the top 100 projects.
Here you will find the Award recipients, the 100 “Ideas for the City”.
In 2015, creative minds for the digital revolution in Germany are searched: “Urban Space. Rural Space. Cyberspace! Innovations for a Digital World“. In 2013, the competition reflected the theme urban development, “Ideas for the City”.