World Habitat Awards

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The World Habitat Awards were established in 1985 by the Building and Social Housing Foundation[1] as part of its contribution to the United Nations' International Year of Shelter for the Homeless in 1987.[2][3]

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,[3] which are capable of being transferred or adapted for use elsewhere.[1]


Entries to the Awards are encouraged from housing projects and programmes that:

  • demonstrate practical, innovative and sustainable solutions to current housing challenges;
  • can be transferred or adapted in other countries across the world;
  • are already being implemented or are completed i.e. not at design stage or in the very early stages of development; and
  • view the term habitat from a broad perspective and bring a range of other benefits. We particularly encourage entries from projects and programmes that are addressing the climate emergency. Other benefits of interest to us

include: income generation; social inclusion; community and individual empowerment; health benefits; capacity building and or education.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Robinson, Paul (27 September 1998). "Hostel provides care with class". The Age. Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. p. P4. Retrieved 2 August 2019.
  2. ^ World Habitat Awards - About the Awards
  3. ^ a b Stevens, John (22 April 1995). "A Club Med feel in Flemington". The Age. Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. p. 24. Retrieved 2 August 2019.