World Habitat Awards

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The World Habitat Awards were established in 1985 by the Building and Social Housing Foundation as part of its contribution to the United Nations' International Year of Shelter for the Homeless in 1987.[1]

Two awards are given annually to projects from the Global South as well as the North that provide practical, innovative and sustainable solutions to current housing needs, which are capable of being transferred or adapted for use elsewhere.


The World Habitat Awards celebrate projects & approaches 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.
  • 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, capacity building or education.

Entries are assessed by a panel of international judges and an award of £10,000 is presented to the two winning projects at a UN-HABITAT event.

Deadline for entries for the 2016-17 World Habitat Awards is 29 April 2016. Applications can be made online via the World Habitat Awards website.

Previous winning projects[edit]

Year Project Recipient Country
2014-15 Liter of Light @ Night MyShelter Foundation Philippines
2014-15 Y-Foundation, Housing First Y-Foundation Finland
2013 Hebron Old City Rehabilitation Programme Hebron Rehabilitation Committee Israel and Palestinian Territories
2013 The 100,000 Homes Campaign Community Solutions United States of America
2012 South-South Cooperation: international transfer of the FUCVAM model of mutual aid housing cooperatives Federación Uruguaya de Cooperativas de Vivienda por Ayuda Mutua Uruguay
2012 Green Mortgage INFONAVIT Mexico
2011 Community Programme for Neighbourhood Improvement Secretaría de Desarrollo Social Mexico
2011 Housing for Health Programme Healthabitat Australia
2010 Ekostaden Augustenborg City of Malmö and MKB Housing Company Sweden
2010 Local Housing Movement Program The Better Life Association for Comprehensive Development Egypt
2009 Technological Transfer Processes for Popular Habitat AVE/CEVE Argentina
2009 Building Partnerships to Eradicate Poverty Barka Poland
2008 Preventing Typhoon Damage to Housing Development Workshop France Vietnam
2008 Community Housing Trust Champlain Housing Trust United States of America
2007 Ecomaterials in Social Housing Projects CIDEM Research and Development Institute Cuba
2007 ZukunftsWerkStadt Leinefelde Municipality of Leinefelde-Worbis Germany
2006 Building and Construction Improvement Program Aga Khan Planning and Building Services Pakistan
2006 Johannesburg Housing Company Johannesburg Housing Company South Africa
2005 Energy Efficient Straw-bale Housing Project Adventist Development and Relief Agency/One World Design Architecture China
2005 Solar Housing Renovation Project in Gårdsten Solar Housing Renovation Project in Gårdsten Sweden
2004 La Paz Post-earthquake Reconstruction Programme FUNDASAL El Salvador
2004 The Eldonian Village, Liverpool Eldonian Community Based Housing Association United Kingdom
2003 Rural Health and Environment Programme Gram Vikas India
2003 The Prince George Common Ground Community United States of America
2002 Architect in the Community Programme National Housing Institute/Habitat Cuba Cuba
2002 Setagaya-Ku Fukasawa Symbiotic Housing, Tokyo Fukasawa Symbiotic Housing Complex Japan
2001 Orangi Low-cost Housing and Sanitation Programme, Karachi Orangi Pilot Project - Research and Training Institute Pakistan
2001 East Lake Commons Conservation Community, Atlanta East Lake Commons Project United States of America
2000 New Living Program Department of Housing and Works, Australia Australia
2000 Chagas 2000 Fundación Pro Habitat Bolivia
1999 Promotion of Woodless Construction in Burkina Faso, Mali and Niger Development Workshop Niger
1999 The Grow Home, Montreal McGill University School of Architecture Canada
1998 Wintringham Port Melbourne Hostel, Melbourne Wintringham Port Melbourne Hostel Australia
1998 The Grameen Bank Housing Programme Grameen Bank Bangladesh
1997 Urban Management in Curitiba - Building Full Citizenship Curitiba Popular Housing Company/Institute of Research and Urban Planning Brazil
1997 The Europahaus Project, Langenhagen Jacobson & Widmark/Nyréns/Mjöbäcks Germany
1996 Tatry and Arbour Mill Non-Profit Housing Complex Pathway Non-Profit Housing Corporation Canada
1996 Viviendas del Hogar de Cristo, Guayaquil Viviendas del Hogar de Cristo Ecuador
1995 Build Together Programme National Habitat Committee Namibia
1995 Tent City, Boston Tent City Corporation United States of America
1994 Skotteparken Low-energy Housing KAB Denmark
1994 Indore Habitat Project See Slum Networking Department for International Development India
1993 Ju'er Hutong Courtyard Housing Project, Beijing Wu Liangyong of Tsinghua University China
1993 Housing Cooperative Ludwig-Frank Housing Cooperative Ludwig-Frank Germany
1992 The Kampung Improvement Programme, Surabaya Tenth of November Institute of Technology Indonesia
1992 Tampines Town Housing and Development Board Singapore
1991 Attic Flats Project Attic Flats Project Czech Republic
1991 The Core Shelter Housing Project Department of Social Welfare and Development (Philippines) Philippines
1991 The Frank G. Mar Community Housing Project, Oakland East Bay Asian Local Development Corporation/Bridge Housing Corporation of San Francisco United States of America
1990 National Housing Programme, 1986-90 National Housing Programme of Costa Rica Costa Rica
1990 Reconstruction of Hiroshima City and the Danbara Redevelopment Project Reconstruction of Hiroshima City and the Danbara Redevelopment Project Japan
1989 Ismailia Development Projects Culpin Planning Ltd. Egypt
1989 Industrial Habitat Project, Givisiez Industrial Habitat Project Switzerland
1988 One Million House Programme One Million House Programme Sri Lanka
1988 St Vincent de Paul Village, San Diego St. Vincent de Paul Village United States of America
1987 Rural Housing Programme United Nations Development Programme Malawi
1987 Walter Segal Self-build Housing Project, London Walter Segal Self Build Trust United Kingdom
1986 Sonatala Milan Sangha, West Bengal Sonatala Milan Sangha, West Bengal India
1986 Batıkent Project, Ankara Kent-Koop, The Union of Housing Turkey


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