On July 11th in Singapore, the conference on the cities of the future was an opportunity to award the Le Monde – Smart Cities international prizes for Urban Innovation. Seven projects were distinguished among 111 candidates, and EcoBlock is one of them. This applied research project devoted to the ecological renovation of residential habitat has been receiving support from the Veolia Foundation since June 2017. Focussing on urban environments, the project aims at testing the assumption that any renovation performed within the scope of a (residential) “block” will be more effective than one performed for an individual habitat, thanks to the sharing of streams and to the positive efficiency it generates.
The international jury included academics, town planners, architects and experts from both the private and public sectors. EcoBlock received an honourable mention in the Urban Innovation category. This amounted to a highly noteworthy acknowledgement of the innovation underlying the project!