The winners of the 2013 World Habitat Awards were officially announced by the Building and Social Housing Foundation (BSHF) on Oct. 7 during World Habitat Day in Medellín, Colombia. Out of 200 entries from around the world, the winning projects were selected based on which ones presented the most innovative and sustainable housing solutions to support economic and community restoration and provide for homeless individuals.
Two winners — who each received £10,000 to support their initiative — and eight finalists were listed. The awards will be presented at the UN-Habitat World Urban Forum in Medellín from April 5-11, 2014.
Find out this year's winners listed below.
From the BSHF press release:
The winners of the 2013 World Habitat Awards are:
Hebron Old City Rehabilitation Programme - Palestine
Restoration and reuse of historic buildings, regenerating urban infrastructure and supporting local economic development to reverse depopulation
The 100,000 Homes Campaign - USA
Scaling up a ‘housing-first’ approach to provide accommodation for thousands of the most vulnerable and chronically homeless people across the USA
The eight finalists for the 2013 Awards are:
Community Management of Urban Infrastructure – Argentina
Promoting social inclusion, improving housing conditions and connecting communities to basic services
The Struggle for Housing in Central Areas – Brazil
Community-led mutual aid housing in city centre areas, addressing issues of displacement and gentrification
Cooperative Programme for the Development of Urban Neighbourhoods – Cameroon
Building a culture of public participation in urban development through participatory budgeting and cooperative housing processes
CCOC Beaver Barracks Redevelopment – Canada
High performance energy-efficient building providing mixed use, affordable and inclusive rental housing in downtown Ottawa
Milton Park Community – Canada
Mobilisation to protect residents from evictions, halt gentrification and provide permanently affordable housing in Montreal
Renewable Energy for Farmers – China
Innovative use of carbon funding for long-term maintenance of biodigestors as a source of clean energy for rural farms
30 Years of Planning Continuity in Freiburg – Germany
Integrated planning approach over 30 years makes Freiburg an exemplar of sustainable living in a compact, car-light city
Alliances for Building Capacities and Options for the Urban Poor – India
Community-led approach to affordable housing solutions and infrastructure, including advocacy with government
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