World Habitat Awards for Solutions to Housing Challenges

Deadline: 30 April 2015
Open to: every individual, organization or government that has an innovative and practical solution to housing needs and problems from any country of the world
Prize: GBP 10,000


The World Habitat Awards, a competition that recognizes innovative, sustainable and scalable solutions to key housing challenges facing communities around the world, has opened applications for 2015. Building and Social Housing Foundation (BSHF) is seeking for projects that provide practical solutions to current housing needs and problems. Housing projects and approaches are sought that:

  • Demonstrate practical, innovative and sustainable solutions to current housing issues faced by countries all around the world;
  • Can be transferred or adapted for use as appropriate;
  • Are already being implemented or are completed – not at design stage or very early stages of development;
  • View the term habitat from a broad perspective and bring other benefits as well, such as energy or water saving, income generation, social inclusion, community and individual empowerment, health benefits, capacity building or education.


The competition is open to every individual, organisation or government who has an innovative and practical solution to housing needs and problems from any country of the world.


The 2 winning project will get international recognition, awards of £10,000, a trophies will also be presented to the winning projects, and travel and accommodation costs will be met for one representative of each winning project to attend the awards ceremony.


You can start with your application here. Initial submissions should comprise a concise description of the key aspects of the project or approach, accompanied by images where possible. Full plans, costings and evaluation reports are not required at this stage. All entries are assessed and ten projects are shortlisted by an assessment committee. Then the creators of the shortlisted projects are asked to provide detailed information about their project.

Application deadline is 30 April 2015.

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