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A two-day competition for university students to share their vision on how public space design can improve quality of life in our communities.

Learn more and join the challenge



We know what design can do. Design has the power to generate transcendental changes. In the Education Group of UNESCO Cities of Design, we are working to make this power visible.

As creators of models, prototypes, and ideas, designers operate in the dynamic space between our current reality and the future we aspire to. Guided by the knowledge from the past and informed by the present, their work shapes the trajectory of our collective journey towards sustainability. Inspired by this vision and in response to the pressing need for climate action, we have opened the call for the UNESCO Creative Cities to participate in the third edition of the Street Design Challenge. Scheduled to run on the months prior to the COP28 in the United Arab Emirates, this initiative invites innovators to challenge the status quo and contribute to the climate change discourse. The theme for this year’s challenge, “Tactical Urbanism to Reduce Heat Islands in Cities,” specifically targets a prevalent environmental phenomenon characterized by higher temperatures in urban areas compared to their surrounding rural landscapes. We firmly believe in the transformative power of design and its potential to foster meaningful changes. By launching this challenge, we aim to amplify the voices of designers in our collective effort against climate change and highlight the pivotal role of design in forging a sustainable future. By collaborating, we can envision and actualize a better future for all. The Street Design Challenge 2023 is an opportunity to foster international exchanges of talent but also to empathize with the reality of our partner design cities around the globe.


Bring your team together to craft a holistic proposal for a healthier and more harmonious future for one street, one community, one city.

Kicking off on 29th October 2023, the Street Design Challenge aims to address the growing concern of urban heat islands and their impact on city dwellers. During the challenge, interdisciplinary groups of university students, mentored by their professors, will collaborate on developing a proposal to mitigate heat islands in a foreign city street. Participating teams must consider various factors such as local climate, geography, socio-economic context, and cultural backgrounds in order to create a comprehensive and effective tactical urbanism intervention. Each team will be paired with a street from another participating city and provided with an in-depth briefing from a local expert. This briefing will outline the current situation, challenges, and priorities that the proposal should address. Once the challenge commences, teams will have 48 hours to submit their projects in the specified format.



We are seeking cities who wish to join the challenge by providing a street profile and engaging with local universities. There is no limit to the number of universities or teams that will participate. More details are available in the Concept Note, available below.


Download here the document with more details about the challenge and register to participate when you're ready!


18 August

Call to cities


13 October




13 October

Creative Cities'



28-30 October

Challenge days

13 October

Street profile



2 December


of winner




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If you're the focal point or official representative, register your city's participation here.

Focal points or city representatives should use the link below to upload the Street Profile.

If you're responsible for registering your university's team, use the link below.

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