Find a Solution to Housing Needs & Problems of the World!

Deadline: 29 April 2016
Open to: individuals and organisations from all over the world
Prize: GBP 10 000, trophies, reimbursment of travel and accommodation costs to attend the awards ceremony


The World Habitat Awards were established by the Building and Social Housing Foundation as part of its contribution to the United Nations International Year of Shelter for the Homeless. Two awards are given annually to projects that provide practical and innovative solutions to current housing needs and problems.

Housing projects and approaches are sought that:

  • Demonstrate practical, innovative and sustainable solutions to current housing issues faced by countries all around the world;
  • Can be transferred or adapted for use as appropriate;
  • Are already being implemented or are completed, not at design stage or very early stages of development;
  • View the term habitat from a broad perspective and bring other benefits as well, such as energy or water saving, income generation, social inclusion, community and individual empowerment, health benefits, capacity building or education.


  • Any individual, organisation or government who has an innovative and practical solution to housing needs and problems from any country of the world;
  • More than one entry can be made by the same individual or organisation;
  • Entries should relate to housing projects and processes that are either completed or in progress. Those that are at design stage only or in the very early stages of development cannot be considered;
  • Previous entrants can re-submit in subsequent years providing that the project has been further developed in the intervening time period.


As well as international recognition, awards of GBP 10,000 will be made to each of the two winning projects. Trophies will also be presented to the winning projects, and travel and accommodation costs will be met for one representative of each winning project to attend the awards ceremony.

How to apply?

Applicants must fill out the online application form.

For more information, please check the official web-page.

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