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. After 30 years, the World Habitat Awards are going from strength to strength.
Over the years, a large range of excellent habitat projects were identified in the countries of the global North and the global South. These projects of different sizes and shapes tackle a wide range of housing issues. From the very beginning, the focus has been not only on the identification of good housing practices but also in the sharing of knowledge and experience to others who can transfer them in their own situations. The first international peer exchange to a World Habitat Award project winner was in 1987 and the exchanges have continued ever since.
As well as international recognition, a prize of £10,000 is made to each of the two winning projects.
Trophies are also presented to the winning projects and travel and accommodation costs are met for one representative of each winning project to attend the awards ceremony.
Entries to the 2018 competition can be made to 31 March 2018.
-Any individual, organisation or government who has an innovative and practical solution to housing needs and problems from any country of the world.
-More than one entry can be made by the same individual or organisation.
-Entries should relate to housing projects and processes that are either completed or in progress. Those that are at design stage only or in the very early stages of development cannot be considered.
-Previous entrants can re-submit in subsequent years providing that the project has been further developed in the intervening time period.
Related Website : https://www.world-habitat.org/world-habitat-awards/