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Le 06/01/2021

POC Awards: World Design Capital 2020

The best design projects during Lille Metropole’s World design capital 2020 were rewarded during the POC awards.

Lille Metropole has been awarded World Design Capital 2020 following its strong involvement in design process. In 2019, it launched the biggest call for experimentation (named “proof of concepts” or “POCs” for short) ever invested in design by offering its citizens to try POCs.

This call encountered considerable interest more than 600 POCs were submitted by public actors, companies, researchers, associations and citizens to meet economic, societal and environmental challenges the metropolis is facing.

Some 300 POCs have been highlighted in the program, proposed according to a thematic prism: caring, collaborative city, living, mobility, public action and circular economy.

Mid-december, a jury of experts rewarded 18 POCs, 3 for each themes.

Below you can have an overview of some of the rewarded POCs. To see all the awardees and find out more information, you can follow this link.

First prize for housing, the Habiter 2030 POC brings together industrial actors, students and university professors from 14 Hauts-de-France academies. The challenge of their association: to bring together existing financial, technical and technological solutions to sustainably renovate old northern houses and contribute to the renovation wave and the ecological transition.

Focusing on care, the “Maison des Femmes” (Women’s house) is a new centre for women spread over 260m2 in Roubaix, a place for housing, helping, informing and signposting women in difficulty in a collaborative and inclusive manner.

Lille Metropole was rewarded in the public action theme with two projects. The first one called “starry frame” focus on the development of street furniture and lightning that would have a limited on biodiversity and reduce energy consumption. The second one is a DIY caretaker services designed to help citizens do small repair works in their homes while raising awareness on existing energy refurbishment programs.

World Design Capital 2020 is closing with style but the adventure of design in Lille Metropole will continue, boosted by the involvement of citizens and civil servants all over the territory.