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 Phoenix Names Finalists for C40 Reinventing Cities Program

The City of Phoenix has shortlisted three finalist teams to participate in Phase Two of the C40 Reinventing Cities program. Reinventing Cities is a global call for projects aimed at decarbonized and resilient urban regeneration. Through this program, cities identify underutilized sites that are ready to be released and transformed, and invite architects, planners, developers, environmentalists, and others to submit proposals that can serve as models for city landmarks of the future. 

After the completion of Phase One, a committee selected three teams to move forward to Phase Two -- Team PHiX led by Richärd Kennedy Architects, Team Krause led by Krause Architecture + Interiors, and Team Bending the Lines led by DLR Group Inc. 

Phoenix is one of 12 international cities participating in the third edition of the Reinventing Cities program. The City put forth the opportunity to develop the Resource Innovation Campus (RIC), the City’s circular economy business park. The RIC is envisioned as a hub for attracting manufacturing processes and conversion technologies that transform waste into resources. The RIC will also serve as a test bed for the creation of valuable public-private partnerships and the growth of circular companies. Through the Reinventing Cities program, Phoenix is looking for a multidisciplinary team to develop up to 20 of the 40 acres of the RIC using carbon-neutral, energy efficient, heat-resilient solutions that both ensure sustainable water usage and meet federal air quality standards.  

“The Reinventing Cities challenge encourages us to think big about the site’s potential, and we are lucky to have three teams presenting their visions for a sustainable, community-oriented campus,” said Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego. "This circular economy hub will foster economic development and serve as an asset for residents in the area and across our city. Situated near the Rio Salado, it will also contribute to the broader goals of an accessible, thriving river corridor.”  

"We are excited by the quality of innovative project proposals the Reinventing Cities Phoenix competition has produced,” said Hélène Chartier, Director of Urban Planning and Design for C40 Cities. “The finalist concepts show the great potential to create new jobs that support the circular economy for challenging parts of the waste stream while enhancing social and environmental aspects of the neighborhood." 

Phase Two commences February 8, 2023.


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Spencer Blake
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