europan 16

Europan 16 | LIVING CITIES Metabolic Vitalities – Inclusive Vitalities

Submission: September 17, 2021
Registration: September 17, 2021
Language: English
Location: Concept
Prizes: Please see details below
Type: Open


In the conditions of the Anthropocene –a new bio-geological period where human activities on the global scale have a destructive impact on life on earth– how to face climate change and inequalities? How to imagine other possibilities to inhabit the planet Earth? The Europan 16 topic focuses on living cities as a new paradigm, in which new kinds of synergies can be considered between the environmental, biological, social, economic, cultural and political dimensions. This paradigm leads us to think in terms of co-evolution and interactions, and to work with regenerative project dynamics, combining metabolic and inclusive vitalities.

Metabolic Vitalities

Metabolic vitalities should help go over the opposition between city and nature, allowing the Europan projects –mixing architecture, urban design and landscape architecture– to identify and to negotiate with an ensemble of transformations. These transformations take natural elements into account like water, material flows, energy… which are all part of the life cycles. These new relations generate inhabited milieus. These milieus are considered as complex ecosystems creating flows (with entries and exits) and in constant evolution. Developing such cyclic processes (natural cycles, circular economy cycle) leads the design process to minimize the environmental footprint and the consumption of non-renewable energy, and to promote new forms of dwelling. Metabolic vitalities encourage design processes on different scales. The recycling competence, the enhancement of organic or energy material, the adaptation to climate change, the integration of nature and biodiversity are as many metabolic vitalities that Europan 16 sites should trigger to allow their own transformation into ecosystems between nature and culture. To be rewarded, the projects should translate this metabolic dynamic in their proposals.

Inclusive Vitalities

Urban environments are facing increasing inequalities and conflicts produced by invisibility, exclusion, marginalization, and inaccessibility to housing, to work, to education and to public services. To fight against these social fractures, inhabited milieus should become places where new inclusive policies and practices are supported. Inclusive vitalities put on the foreground modes of doing that can support territorial justice articulating social and ecological concerns. Issues of accessibility to public infrastructures and to housing should get a predominant role, promoting conviviality. Taking care of living environments could promote inclusion by transforming marginalised spaces into places of exchange, co-learning and biodiversity. This could allow new inclusive narratives of inhabited environments across scales and generations, promoting new forms participatory democracy. When choosing the sites, when defining the programmatic frames that come with their evolution, and when judging the participants’ proposals, Europan 16 will emphasise on the consideration of the inclusive dimension of the inhabited milieus.


The Entry section allows you to submit your project on the site you registered for. Your entry can be modified until the closing date for submission, i.e. Septembre 17th 2021 at 23:59 (GMT+1).

Before submitting your entry, please make sure your documents correspond to the standards required in the rules.

Submission is open from the start of the competition and you can already upload the ID documents (ID, degress and Authors- and Partnership Declaration). We strongly advise you to upload these documents before the submission deadline so that you do not lose time with them on the submission night.

A temporary listing of the submitted project will be published on the European website on Septembre 18th 2021. Please make sure this list includes your project. If not, please contact us by email only before Septembre 21st (12:00, UTC+2): contact@europan-europe.eu
No disagreement will be considered without a screenshot of the page to check the reception of the project; date and time should appear clearly on this screenshot.

The definitive listing will be published on Septembre 23rd 2021. No further change will be allowed after this date.

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