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Energy Globe Award

With more than 182 participating countries and over 2000 project submissions annually the Energy Globe Award is today's most prestigious environmental prize worldwide. It distinguishes projects regionally, nationally and globally that conserve resources such as energy or utilize renewable or emission-free sources. Award ceremonies are held all over the world. Prominent personalities as well as Energy Globe Ambassadors in 90 countries support the mission of Energy Globe. The activities of Energy Globe attract worldwide media attention - international TV stations report each year with approximately 1,000 hours of broadcasting time. The aim of the Energy Globe is to raise global attention on sustainable, everywhere applicable environmental solutions and to motivate people to also become active in this area.

National ENERGY GLOBE Award China 2018

Submitted by: College of Design and Innovation - Tongji University
Nature-based solution for rural China

The scope of this project is not only to explore new ways of urbanization, but to regenerate existing villages and towns while prioritizing design of the social functions of how to integrate space and demand. It’s an effort to study “people” in the community’s living conditions and methods as the main core, in order to practice design-driven social innovation strategies for Chinese rural community-building and resilient transformation.

Initial situation
China’s urbanization is rapidly progressing. By the end of 2015, the urban population was about 56.1%. In the next 10 years, the proportion will reach approximately 65%, and by 2040, over 70%. Urbanization will advance at an average rate of one percent per year. As such, China is now in an unprecedented phase of rapid urban development.

Solution
The solution is to study urbanization from a large growing city perspective to a rural-urban viewpoint focusing on the urbanization of small towns. The project explores new ways urbanization can regenerate existing villages and towns while prioritizing design of the social functions of how to integrate space and demand, to study “people” in the rural community’s living conditions and methods as the main core, in order to practice design-driven social innovation strategies for Chinese rural community-building and resilient transformation.

Innovation
Along with the intrinsic innovation of the whole methodology package of this project, there are two crucial aspects of innovation beyond the creation of environmental scenarios considering social impact in real world in China. There must be participation and support from Chinese government and academic outcomes going beyond implementation. This will have an impact on wider actors such as policymakers, stakeholders, scholars, designers and planners.

Involved partners
University of Pavia

We are an enthusiastic supporter of the Energy Globe Awards and its aim to strengthen society’s awareness of the necessity for ecological change, by honouring outstanding best practice projects in environmental sustainability from all parts of the world. ADVANTAGE AUSTRIA is the official Trade Promotion Organisation (TPO) of the Republic of Austria and as a country we are proud of our success in green technologies. Our support of the Energy Globe Awards continues this tradition.




Capital: Beijing
Official language: Standard Chinese
Total area: 9.640.821 km²
Population: 1.339.724.852
GDP/Capita/Year: $5.184
Source: Wikipedia 2012