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Our thoughts are with our friends and partners in Nepal following the recent devastating earthquake. Nepal is one of the poorest countries in Asia, but its people are rich in ideas and innovation.
The World Habitat Awards for 2014-15 were presented on Friday 17 April at the Governing Council of UN-Habitat, in Nairobi, Kenya.
At the Building and Social Housing Foundation we see many examples of communities coming together to provide homes for themselves in innovative and inspiring ways.
BSHF invites innovative housing projects to apply for the 2015/16 World Habitat Awards for the chance to gain recognition for their work.
We are delighted to announce the winners of the 2014-15 World Habitat Awards, which have been chosen from hundreds of submissions from around the world. These innovative projects demonstrate significant impact within their own communities as well as the transfer of their practice to other contexts.
The Second POWER HOUSE nZEC Symposium held in Versailles represented an excellent opportunity to assess the issues that cities of tomorrow will be facing in the near future and to discuss with local authorities’ representatives and housing experts about how Public, Cooperative and Social Housing providers should contribute to address these challenges and secure a ‘fair energy transition’.
The ten finalists for the 2014-15 World Habitat Awards have been chosen from over 200 projects, from over 80 countries around the globe. From initiatives focusing on homeless or marginalised people, large-scale lighting projects or finance models as well as community self-build in indigenous communities, this year’s finalists illustrate an impressive breadth of good practice in housing led by inspiring people worldwide.
In divided and cooperative property buildings, the role of the tenant or owner is crucial for the decision making process, especially with regard to the retrofitting of existing buildings.
This interactive report introduces the Better Life Association for Comprehensive Development and their award-winning work, highlighting some of the key aspects of their Local Housing Movement Program in Egypt.
The work of the Eco-city Augustenborg programme in Sweden – winner of the 2010 World Habitat Award – is showcased in this report, which is available free to download from the BSHF website.
Recent Publications
2014-15 World Habitat Awards winners and finalists
BSHF Newsletter - March 2015
16.03.15 BSHF Press release - World Habitat Awards 2014-15 Winners announced
03.03.15 BSHF Press release - A lifeline to St Petersburg's homeless