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Innovative and Contributing Underground Spaces

Innovative and Contributing Underground Spaces

In this category, there are no restrictions regarding the date of construction of the structure.

This award aims specifically at non-tunnelling projects that demonstrate a direct contribution to either the Sustainable Development Goals, the Doughnut Economy model1, or to the concept of circularity.

The award submission should include a description of the project, its purpose and the way it is felt this project has contributed to either one or more of the SDGs, demonstrates how it contributes to the goals of the Doughnut economy, or delivers on aspects of the circular economy (circularity).

Projects could include, but are not limited to, repurposing of existing underground spaces, re-use of materials or residual waste, providing alternative energy solutions, urban food security, etc.

The jury will consider which project has contributed most, demonstrates multi-use, and is exemplary in advancing an urban underground future.

The doughnut is a new economic model that highlights the importance of maintaining below the ecological ceiling and above the social foundation. It is proposed by Kate Raworth as alternative for the traditional economic model of perpetual linear growth.