divaircity contest for young people

As part of the DivAircity H2020 programme, an exciting competition has launched today: Diversity and Inclusion Green City Pan-European Contest.

As part of the wider programme, this is a special contest for young people, as today’s change agents and citizens of the future.

This contest is the place and time for younger generations to share their ideas and dreams on how to make cities sustainable and inclusive for them.

The contest is open to any young person in the EU aged between 13 and 19.

Organised in teams, youngsters will have to design one of the five cities in DivAirCity (Aarhus, Bucharest, Castellon, Orvietto and Potsdam) using green spaces. A team will be composed of minimum 2 young people (aged 13-19) + an adult over the age of 18 (teacher, care taker, trainer, parent, etc) as a mentor.

They will have to use their creativity to design a space that is comfortable, healthy, safe and appropriate for their needs and lifestyles. 

Each city jury will select the best project, which will be presented both locally and in Brussels. The 5 city winners will then compete for the international award.

To read more about the contest or to register to take part, visit Divaircity Pan-European Contest


WOMEN IN CITY MAKING, 6-9pm, 5th July 2022, 
Where? Grimshaw 57 Clerkenwell Road, London EC1M 5NG
Tea at 6pm, discussion 6.30-7.30/8pm, followed by drinks and networking.
Please join us for our first in-person networking event since the pandemic. We’ll give you an insight into the DivAirCity project as a catalyst to discussing diverse city governance, celebrating and show-casing ‘

The Influence of Women in City Making’. The event includes a facilitated conversation with the audience in the room and online, chaired by Pam Alexander and led by a panel including Selina Mason (Director of Masterplanning, Lendlease), Sasha Krstanovic (Founder, Mstep) Additional members will be announced. 

There will be plenty of time to catch up and network.

Numbers will be limited; to register your interest in attending the event please contact Alex at: equilibrium@colander.co.uk 


We are proud to announce that along with 25 fellow consortium members, we have secured funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 for an amazing project called DivAirCity.

This is an ambitious project with a focus on gender, that aims to shift the urban paradigm by valuing human diversity as a resource that can help define new urban services and models for culturally-driven green cities. 

The project will run from September 2021, for four years and will explore the power of diversity and social inclusion as a mean of reducing air pollution and achieving a green urban nexus in climate neutral cities.

Equilibrium Network has already been strongly involved in helping to define DivAirCity’s strategic aims and, as the project becomes a reality, we look forward to ensuring that women’s voices are heard in the planning, delivery and long term legacy of all DivAirCity’s initiatives.  We will do this by building on our five objectives:

  1. To create an international network open to new initiatives and making change happen.
  2. To influence the industry to deliver diversity and inclusion, with a particular emphasis on women.
  3. To promote the needs, preferences and aspirations of women in the design of our built environment.
  4. To address the attrition rate of women working within the industry.
  5. To increase the number of women at the top of organisations that create and shape the built environment.

To find out more about DivAirCity, visit the website:  https://divaircity.eu


We are delighted that people working across the built environment have started sending us their videos, chronicling their experiences of the pandemic.

To encourage you to add your voice, we have posted the first eight stories that we received.  Do take a look, and be inspired to send us your thoughts.  We will be adding more stories over the coming weeks.

To take part follow this link for the brief.  It’s very simple to take part and takes only a few minutes.

Thank you in advance – this could be a really useful piece of collective work.

Chronicling the pandemic

Thanks to COVID19, the past few months have been truly extraordinary and we believe they deserve to be chronicled.  So, we have instigated a major research project to collect people’s experiences.

We are inviting anyone and everyone who is working to create the built environment…

to send us a short video of themselves, filmed on their phones, talking about the impact that the pandemic has had on their lives and the long-term changes that they envisage as a result, both personally and professionally.

The videos will be used in two ways…

  1. To create a formal, research report that explores how the pandemic has affected built environment professionals and how it might therefore affect the ways we design and build in the future.
  2. To share experiences through the Equilibrium Network’s website and social media platforms

PLEASE NOTE: If you would rather not share your video in a public arena, you just need to tell us and we will NOT PUBLISH it.  But please do not be put off… we would still encourage you to send us your thoughts (either in a video as suggested, or in writing) and thereby to contribute to the research project.

In your video please consider three topics…

say, up to a minute on each – no more than three minutes in total:


  • Your name, the job do you do and your level of seniority.


  • Where do you live? (on your own, with others, cramped or spacious, with or without access to outside space…)
  • What additional responsibilities have you assumed since COVID19? (visiting/caring for relatives or neighbours, home-schooling, things that you used to pay others to do…)
  • What have you enjoyed most about this time and what has worried you most? 


  • Have you been furloughed, or made redundant, has your income fallen?
  • Has your attitude to work changed? (do you feel more or less creative, interested and focused, able to concentrate, time pressured…)
  • How have your working relationships and your ability to influence projects been affected?


  • As a result of COVID19, how do you think the way people work could or should change? (in particular think about people who are working to create the built environment)
  • How do you think the built environment will change as a result of COVID19?
  • What do you think we should try to retain from this time?

We very much hope you will take part in this exercise – and look forward to receiving your video.  We will keep the project live for a few weeks so you have time to think about your response – but don’t leave it too long – we will be working with the results from mid-July.

Please send your video to equilibrium@colander.co.uk if they are larger than 5MB, please use WeTransfer, or similar.

PLEASE NOTE: unless you tell us otherwise, we will assume that you are happy for us to share your video on a public channel (YouTube or Vimeo for example) and to show it on our website and on other social media platforms.

Thank you in advance – this could be a really useful piece of collective work.



Alerting all our members!

You are invited to our autumn event on 28 November which is being held at Arup in Central London from 18.30.

This event will focus on how successfully our members have managed to deliver our aims.  Members are asked to come prepared to share their stories, loosely based on the Equilibrium Charter,  so we can start to define and share the triggers for success. The format will be a round table discussion where everyone will have a chance to listen and contribute, with a summary for all to share.

There will also be an opportunity to network with others members of the group.

To secure your place, please email equilibrium@colander.co.uk.  Places will be awarded on a first come first served basis.




20 June 2018

18.00 to 20.00


£13.50 through Eventbrite

This event is free to Members and Friends of the Equilibrium Network


This event will explore identity and the challenges women (and men) face especially in leadership positions within the built environment.  It will consider the benefits to businesses, to leadership teams and to individuals when they succeed.

We are privileged to have Professor Sucheta Nadkarni of the Judge Institute as our keynote speaker; our other panelists are Gerry Hughes, CEO of GVAand Andrea Callender, Director for EDI at Arup.

There will be lots of opportunity for audience participation and a chance to network over a glass of wine.

This event is being sponsored and hosted by Arup and is part of the London Festival of Architecture