Housing project that’s making a difference? Enter the World Habitat Awards
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Housing project that’s making a difference? Enter the World Habitat Awards

During my last trip in Colombia I received this interesting information from my friend Line Algoed (@linealgoed) that I am happy to share with all of you. I think could a great opportunity for some of you.

The annual World Habitat Awards are a great way of identifying and celebrating good practice in housing worldwide and entries are now open for the 2015/16 competition.

Previous winners have included projects which demonstrate the wider benefits of good housing, for example health improvements, energy savings or improved community cohesion. Recent winners have included projects which have had a significant impact on people’s lives by tackling topics as wide-ranging as chronic homelessness and the regeneration of historic cities. Many winning projects were particularly innovative in the ways they have been able to mobilise citizens creating change from the bottom up.

BSHF runs the Awards in partnership with UN-Habitat and this brings clear benefits for the winners. As well as this high profile, international recognition for their innovative practices, winning projects also receive a cash prize of £10,000, a trophy and have the opportunity to transfer their approach through peer-exchange activities sponsored by BSHF.

Entries are assessed by a panel of international judges and trophies will be presented to two winning projects at Habitat lll, the United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development, to be held in Quito, Ecuador in 2016. Holding the presentation at this high profile event will provide increased opportunities for international exposure as well as opportunities for networking and the dissemination of the award winning approaches.

Housing projects which demonstrate practical, innovative and sustainable solutions to current housing needs are invited to submit their entries (in English, Spanish or French) via the World Habitat Awards website (www.worldhabitatawards.org). The competition is open to any individual, organisation or government agency.

Entries must be received by 30 April 2015.

More info on www.worldhabitatawards.org or contact Line Algoed at BSHF: line.algoed@bshf.org

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