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25 years of the World Habitat Awards
World Habitat Day 2011 marked the 25th anniversary of the World Habitat Awards and the launch of a new publication showcasing innovative and sustainable housing solutions from around the world.

Innovation • Sustainability • Transfer: 25 Years of the World Habitat Awards 

Remarkable economic, social, political and climatic changes have taken place in the twenty-five years since the World Habitat Awards were established. Rapid urbanisation, an increasing and ageing population, climate change and globalisation have emerged as major forces affecting how and where people live. 

Many of the innovations identified through the Awards over the last quarter century are a response to these challenges, which have been faced by people, communities and governments as they have sought to improve their housing conditions.  

This commemorative publication showcases a range of innovative and sustainable housing solutions from around the world as BSHF celebrates the 25th anniversary of the World Habitat Awards. Highlights of the publication include:

  • An analysis of the trends in housing solutions presented over the last 25 years
  • Case studies showcasing award-winning practices
  • Details of knowledge and good practice transfer activities carried out by BSHF and its partners, including lessons learned
  • A searchable index of previous and current winners and finalists of the Awards.

With this 25th anniversary publication, BSHF would like to thank and acknowledge its partners in the World Habitat Awards, including UN-HABITAT, the United Nations University, previous and current members of the independent advisory group and partners in the dissemination and transfer of the winning practices, as well as celebrating the inspiring work carried out by the winning and finalist organisations over the last 25 years.


“With its continuing commitment to ensuring that ever more people have access to decent housing, BSHF has made a significant contribution to the Habitat movement of adequate shelter for all. I wish it every continuing success and commend this publication to you.” 

Dr Arcot Ramachandran, Executive Director UN-HABITAT, 1978 - 1993

To find about more about the World Habitat Awards or to submit a project to the 2012 cycle of the Awards please visit the World Habitat Awards website.

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