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Design the Sustainable Future Competition in its 9th Year!

12 March 2024
Believing that a sustainable future can be collaboratively shaped with younger generations, we are proud to organize the ninth Design the Sustainable Future Competition.

Design the Sustainable Future Competition in its 9th Year!


Organized by Rönesans Holding with a focus on sustainability, the inter-university Design the Sustainable Future Competition is being conducted for the 9th year with the theme 'Biomimicry: Creating Impact Inspired by Nature!' 

Believing that a sustainable future can be collaboratively shaped with younger generations, we are proud to organize the ninth Design the Sustainable Future Competition. Through this competition, we aim to debate the topic of sustainability, encourage innovative ideas, and both draw inspiration from and inspire young talents.
 

This year's central theme is Biomimicry

Biomimicry refers to an approach to man-made designs and technologies inspired by the structures, processes, and systems of organisms in nature. This approach aims to develop solutions that meet human needs, inspired by examples of perfect harmony in nature. Biomimicry is based on the idea of learning from design examples in nature and offers innovative solutions in areas such as sustainability, efficiency, and environmental impact.


The competition is open for applications in 3 different categories 

Our competition is open to undergraduate and graduate students without any departmental requirements. Entries can be submitted individually or as part of a group, with projects that draw inspiration from nature. Applications are open in three distinct categories until April 30,

  • Building Design
  • Product Design
  • Social Innovation


Eight Awards

The Design the Sustainable Future Competition with the theme 'Biomimicry: Creating Impact Inspired by Nature!' will feature eight awards, including First Prize, Second Prize, Third Prize, Honorable Mention, Urban Development and Assessment, Innovative Idea and Detail Solution, Best Practice, and Visual Design.

The submission deadline is April 30!

Applicants can find all the details about the competition here.


FAQs for Design the Sustainable Future Competition


  • Who is eligible to participate in the Design the Sustainable Future Competition?
  • The competition is open to undergraduate and graduate students studying at universities. There are no departmental requirements; students can apply individually or as a group.
  • What are the categories of the 9th Design the Sustainable Future Competition?
  • The competition is divided into three different categories: Building Design, Product Design, and Social Innovation.
  • What is the theme of this year's Design the Sustainable Future Competition?
  • The 9th Design the Sustainable Future Competition theme is 'Biomimicry: Create Impact Inspired by Nature!'
  • What is the application deadline?
  • The application deadline is April 30.
  • What prizes will the winners receive?
  • The winners of the first prize in the 3 main categories (Building Design, Product Design, and Social Innovation) will be granted the opportunity to participate in a one-week internship and fieldwork program at our Dutch group company, Ballast Nedam. Additionally, winners in the First, Second, Third, and other award categories will receive cash prizes.
  • How can I participate in the Design the Sustainable Future Competition?
  • Applications can be made online through the Design the Sustainable Future page on Rönesans Holding's official website. You can apply here.





About Rönesans Group

Rönesans Holding, the conglomerate's top investment entity headquartered in Ankara, is the 38th largest international contracting company globally and the 9th largest in Europe. With operations spanning 30 countries across Europe, Central Asia, and Africa, including subsidiaries such as Ballast Nedam in the Netherlands and Heitkamp Industrial Solutions GmbH in Germany, Rönesans has been operating as the main contractor and investor successfully for 30 years in construction, real estate development, healthcare and energy. Putting resilience and growth through innovation at the core of the company, with a priority on sustainability and social development, Rönesans has developed projects supporting students with scholarships, academic platforms and initiatives; been a signatory of the UN Global Compact since 2015; and a signatory of the UN Women’s Empowerment Principles since 2016.

Under the leadership of its president, Erman Ilıcak, Rönesans, along with its partners GIC, Meridiam Infrastructure, Sojitz, Samsung C&T, TotalEnergies, and IFC of the World Bank Group (minority shareholder in the group), has invested more than EUR8 billion into pioneering projects globally.


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