Entries now open for urban age award

Entries are now open for the Deutsche Bank Urban Age Award after this prestigious award for Cape Town was announced at a press conference yesterday morning. The award, worth R750 000, is open to projects based in the Cape Town metropolitan area that meet the criterion of benefiting urban communities and local residents by improving their urban environments. The Urban Age Award recognizes and celebrates creative solutions to problems and opportunities facing urban dwellers;  it seeks to encourage citizens and all urban stakeholders to take a proactive role in creating shared responsibility for the cities of the 21st century – mankind’s first truly ‘urban age’.

Entries for the award are judged on a per project basis, which means organisations may enter multiple projects for consideration. Application forms are available online at www.DBUAaward.net and will be distributed to communities via local libraries and community centres. Entrants will need to submit an entry form together with a 2-page project description and references in order to be considered for the award. Speaking at the press conference, Managing Director of Deutsche Bank’s Alfred Herrhausen Society, Wolfgang Nowak said: “The Urban Age Award aims to uncover the invisible and the unseen. It is about making citizens aware that they can be the change they want and it is about showcasing Cape Town as a city that is trying to overcome urban challenges positively.”

Chair of the award jury, Edgar Pieterse said: “After recently reaching the mark of 7 billion people worldwide it is hard to ignore that we now live in an urban world where one billion people are structurally excluded. The national state system globally is incapable of coping with the huge population and environmental challenges.  We are stuck and we don’t know how to run our cities. Despite the political environment, however, people are making a difference through design and innovation in community spaces. These projects should be highlighted and used to demonstrate that we do in fact have the resources for change.”

Entries close at 16h00 on 24 February 2012 and the fifth Deutsche Bank Urban Age Award will be presented on 19 April 2012 in Cape Town.  The award will be judged by an independent jury of international and local members from a mix of disciplines (see attached release)

For more information on the award, visit www.DBUAaward.net

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