Urban Revitalization of Mass Housing

Sponsor: United Nations (UN-Habitat)

Type: Open, student and recent graduates, one-stage

Language: English

Fee: None


• Registration starts September 15th, 2013

• Registration ends November 15th, 2013

• Submissions open December 15th, 2013

• Submissions close January 15th, 2013

• Announcement of winners March 15th, 2014

• Prizes delivered at the World Urban Forum, Medellin, Colombia 5-11 April 2014


First prize: To be announced

Second and third prizes: Internships with academic and housing and planning institutions. We are crowdsourcing for prizes during the duration of the competition. As these become available we will announce them on the competition website.


The competition aims to render monolithic mass housing areas to become more sustainable socially, economically and environmentally this could be achieved, for example, by introducing mixed uses, improving densities and mobility to reduce the urban footprint. The approach also seeks to strengthen ties between academia, professionals, local and central authorities, the private sector and mass housing residents.

From 1 September 2013 till 15 January 2014, teams of university students and recent graduates are invited to innovate and compete within six regional groupings. Winners will be announced during the World Urban Forum in April 2014 in Medellin, Colombia. Schools of architecture, urban planning and other relevant academic and research institutions are encouraged to include this competition in their course work.

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