Reclaiming the Streets 2018

The Challenge

Arguably, the biggest change to hit our cities since the advent of the motor car is at most three decades away. Streets are going to be totally redefined. This is the first of a series of Think Tanks we are running to promote architects as the right profession to foresee and visualise the opportunities that traffic-less streets can bring to the modern city.

During the next ten to twenty years, city streets will be redefined by two powerful events, the advent of autonomous vehicles and an increasing awareness of the health risks from vehicle pollution. These two forces combined will change the fabric of our cities forever.

Liberating Space

Autonomous vehicles and Ai will enables cities to fundamentally reimagine their streets, by reducing the amount of road and parking space devoted to privately owned cars, shared self-driving fleets promise to return city streets to a time when they were an asset to communities.

Bring on the ideas

We are looking for ideas to help address a range of current urban problems; traffic congestion, safety, and environmental issues and using this opportunity to create a vision for the future.

Entries can be either a concept or a case study in a variety of contexts of urban design:

  • Retrofitting (streets, public squares)
  • Placemaking (public spaces, community, heritage, tourism, social)
  • Markets
  • Entertainment (cinemas, bars, restaurants)
  • Transport (cycle schemes, transit hubs, pedestrian schemes, street furniture)
  • Security
  • Technology (traffic management, augmented reality in retail, drone delivery, GIS)
  • Pollution (a solution promoting clean air)
  • Retail (street food/vendors)
  • Utilities (water, refuse)
  • Flood resilience (urban vertical farms)


Who should enter  

This competition is open to all design firms (architects, engineers, urban designers, landscape architects) who have either produced a case study or concept to apply to the above challenge.

Submission format & guidelines  

The format for the submission is as follows:

Text summary

  • We advise around 500 words for your supporting text
  • Mention the key challenges of the brief and how your design addressed/s it
  • Please submit the summary as continuous text, written in the third person, and not as bullet points


  • 6 images with the maximum dimensions of 2400 pixels width x 1600 pixels height, or minimum dimensions of 622 pixels width x 412 pixels height 
  • Image 1 will be your 'main image'
  • All images should be a minimum of 300dpi, in jpeg format

You can view an example of how your project will appear on WAN by clicking HERE

How to enter  

You are invited to submit your entry online - you can do this via the 'Enter Now' button on the WAN Urban Challenge homepage or click HERE.

If you are already registered you will be able to click 'login' and use your existing registration code and password.

If you are registering for the first time you will need to sign up by completing the registration form. 

Once logged in, you can submit your entry by following the instructions.

Please direct any questions or problems regarding entries / registration or payment to:

UK entries please add VAT.

DEADLINE: 29 MARCH 18 (17.00 BST)

Judging criteria  

The jury will judge entries on a number of factors including originality, innovation, quality, sustainability and context/community, but addressing any of the following will aid your case.

  1. Originality. Is your design or idea new?

  2. Transferability: How your design/idea could be transferred between other cities

  3. Evidence. Case Studies of specific examples showing how your design has pushed the boundaries without loss of quality. For concepts, any supporting research will help the judges evaluate your project.

Presentation is also of great importance, and judges will be looking for your ability to communicate the 'story' of your project, from the initial concept through to its completion.

Benefits of entering  

WAN’s Urban Challenge will provide firms with an unrivalled opportunity to showcase their ideas and designs to city leaders. 

In May 2018, four winners* will join the Urban Task Force for a full day of high-level working groups and presentations with industry leaders. The groups' findings will later be presented to an influential audience of 200 decision-makers for WAN's Reclaiming the Streets Symposium.

As with the WAN AWARDS, we will also tailor the news on the site to be sector-specific, which in turn promotes the projects entered into the competition, and the winners to be pioneers of the sector, selected by the experts and specialists on the prestigious judging panel. The four winning entrants will also have the opportunity to display their work in London, and their projects makes headline news on WAN. 

The winning entrants’ projects will be featured in a special edition of News Review which reaches over 150,000 property developers, architects, consultants and organisations in countries around the world.

*Haymarket Media Group are not responsible for travel/accommodation costs of winners. 

The competition stages  

All entries will be reviewed by the jury panel. Four winners will be selected and invited to join the WAN Urban Task Force in May 2018 in London.


The entrance fee is £100.

Key Dates:

  • Closing date:

    29 March 2018

  • Panel appointed:


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