- Here are the 10 finalists for the 2014-15 World Habitat Awards
More than 200 projects from over 80 countries around the globe were submitted for the World Habitat Awards 2014-15 , a strong signal that marks the importance of these awards established 30 years ago, when the concepts of good practice and social and environmental sustainability were virtually unknown. Extraordinary economic, social, political and climatic changes have taken place since the awards were established in 1985 by the Building and Social Housing Foundation (BSHF), as part of its contribution to the United Nations International Year of Shelter for the Homeless.
The ten finalists – whose projects we will be showcasing in more detail over the upcoming weeks – show us how much the world of architecture has woken up and just how far it has come in developing good practices. The projects range from initiatives focusing on homeless or marginalised people, community self-build in indigenous communities through to large-scale lighting projects or finance models for infrastructure.
The ten finalists are :
Community-Led Infrastructure Finance Facility - Asia and Africa, Upgrading of Audi União Shantytown, Curitiba – Brazil, Rural Habitat Improvements - El Salvador, Y-Foundation – Finlland, Indigenous People Building Their Homes – Messico, Build Back Safer with Traditional Construction Methods – Pakistan, Liter of Light – Philippine, Nochlezhka – Russia, Social Housing in Supportive Environments – Serbia, Social Inclusion and Improvement of Living Conditions for Roma – Serbia.
World Habitat Awards 2014-15
Building and Social Housing Foundation (BSHF)
Images: Courtesy of World Habitat Awards
Notes to imagery;
Finland: Supported housing for homeless people with substance abuse problems
Russia: Women's room at the shelter
Serbia: SHSE building with 20 apartments in Belgrade
Brazil: A redeveloped area of Audi União
El Salvador: Changing health habits
Pakistan: Community Centre on bamboo stilts has withstood 1.2m floods
Philippines: Bottle lights help those running home-based enterprises