The Nordic winner team of the Nordic Built Cities Challenge Awards.

Nordic Built Cities Challenge

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The Nordic Built Cities Challenge consisted of six independent competitions, in which six Nordic cities were looking for innovative and multidisciplinary solutions to urban challenges connected to a specific urban space.

The competitions were launched 7 October 2015 and the deadline for submitting solutions is 17 December 2015. Local juries then selected up to four finalists from each competition that received NOK 300.000 and the possibility to develop their solution further in collaboration with the project owner.

Nordic Innovation invited finalists from the six competitions to register for the Nordic Built Cities Challenge Awards (the NBCCA), where Nordic prizes of NOK 1.200.000 in total were awarded.

An important aspect of the NBCCA was to encourage collaboration across disciplines and Nordic country borders. Therefore, in order to be able to compete for the NBCCA, at least two Nordic countries were required to be represented in the team.

Competition background

The background for the Nordic Built Cities Challenge is the unprecedented urbanization that characterizes the 21st century. Resource scarcity, climate change and population increase pose challenges to the cities of the world. The situation creates a global market for innovative solutions for our urban environment – and the overall aim of the Nordic Built Cities Challenge is to contribute to the development and visualization of Nordic innovative solutions for liveable, smart and sustainable cities

The Nordic Built Cities Challenge was part of the Nordic Built Cities program.

The Nordic winners

  1. prize: The Soul of Nørrebro
  2. prize: Co-op City
  3. place: The Eyes of Runavik 

The local winners:


Portrait Rasmus Malmborg

Rasmus Malmborg

Senior Innovation Adviser
Rasmus has extensive international experience in complex project management, predominantly within health care system development. Prior to joining Nordic Innovation, Rasmus has been with LHL International for nine years and worked the last four years as CEO.

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