The outcome of Bristol University’s ‘Solve the City’ challenge will be decided tonight. Run by Engineers Without Borders (Bristol), the competition invited students to rethink the design of Biratnagar, a developing city in Nepal.
This evening’s event is the last of 4 challenges and will focus on addressing inequality in the city. Happy City’s (in the form of co-founder Mike Zeidler) will be helping to assess the links made between wellbeing and the built environment. “We’re fascinated by the demands of balancing the requirements of industrial growth with urban wellbeing” says Challenge Leader, Christina Last. “We’re delighted to have the knowledge and experience of Happy City so readily to hand in Bristol”.
In the earlier challenges, with guidance from experts in the field, participants have explored urban design issues of: clean water supply, housing for refugees and low cost renewable energy provision. Each challenge has also required the students to consider specific communities – such as slum dwellers – and how to measure their success. This competition has helped forge a link between Happy City and Engineers Without Borders that looks likely to grow and develop.
Happy City will publish the results next week.