Nominations are now open for the 2021 World Habitat Awards to recognise and highlight innovative, outstanding and sometimes revolutionary housing ideas, projects and programmes from across the world.
The Awards were established in 1985 for the identification and the promotion of good habitat practices. They were initiated in 1987 as World Habitat contribution to the United Nations International Year of Shelter for the Homeless.
The concept of identification of good practice was virtually unknown in 1985 and the Awards were supposed to run over three years only. However, the response was so positive that World Habitat decided to keep the competition running.
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Entries to the Awards are encouraged from housing projects and programmes that:
1. demonstrate practical, innovative and sustainable solutions to current housing challenges;
2. can be transferred or adapted in other countries across the world;
3. are already being implemented or are completed i.e. not at design stage or in the very early stages of development; and
4. view the term habitat from a broad perspective and bring a range of other benefits.
They particularly encourage entries from projects and programmes that are addressing the climate emergency.
Other benefits of interest to them include: income generation; social inclusion; community and individual empowerment; health benefits; capacity building and or education.
The Awards are open to all individuals, organisations or governments who have addressed housing challenges.
As well as international recognition, a prize of £10,000 is made to each of the two Gold Award winning projects. Trophies are also presented to the Gold Award winning projects and travel and accommodation costs are met for one representative of each project to attend the awards ceremony.
Entries may be submitted in English, Spanish or French.
The Awards remain open for entry until 23:59 GMT on 15 March 2021.
For more information, please visit https://world-habitat.org/world-habitat-awards/