How can we in the future create more vibrant, tolerant and
creative cities through meetings across borders? Dawid Dawod,
student at the Masters Programme in Advanced Product Design at UID,
has digged deeper into this matter. He recently won the contest
Skanska Sustainable Cities Challenge with his concept Urban Fresh.
UID would like to congratulate him!
Stockholm city is expected to reach over 3 million inhabitants
in the year 2050. We need to prepare for a more sustainable
- I have imagined a future pedestrian Stockholm with a well
developed and efficient public transport system. A Stockholm where
food supply is done by vertical organic farming in the form of
skyscrapers within the city. I asked myself how this new society
without cars could create meeting places through buying fresh,
organic and locally produced food in a sustainable and stress-free
way in 2050?, says Dawid Dawot.
Urban Fresh is an idea based on people's daily routines. Every
morning, on your way to work, as you pass through the underground,
you leave your "box" there. Using the underground system as a
delivery channel, you just need to choose a time and a location
where you want to pick up your box on the way back from work, on
your way to a friend or to a meeting. The only thing you have to do
during the day is to log on the network and fill in what you wish
to order. When you pick your box up it will be filled with yummy
ingredients for your daily meal.
- The box itself is like a small refrigerator in A3 format and
can be carried elegantly over your shoulder. Any leftovers you
leave in the box will next day be converted into biogas/ renewable
Urban Fresh means that subway stations in 2050 will be the new
meeting place where people share their passion for food exchanging
recipes, tips and ideas for cooking.
The jury's motivation:
"The winning entry is an innovative solution where a system of
locally grown food creates interaction between people in
collective meeting places. These new venues to meet people
from different cultures in everyday life also creates local
jobs in our future urban environments. The entry is well
thought out and encourages change. The presentation was done in
ainspired and convincing way."
» Read the Swedish
press release from SKANSKA
more about the competition at