Important Notices - Eco-urbanism

Urban revitalization of mass housing
UN-Habitat International Competition Announcement

We are excited to announce UN-Habitat's new international competition on the "Urban Revitalization of Mass Housing". The competition is initiated by the Global Housing Strategy's campaign on "Placing Housing at the Centre" which seeks to address the challenges currently facing mass/social/public housing around the globe whilst introducing ASR (Academic Social Responsibility) and encouraging CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility).

The competition aims to render monolithic mass housing into more socially, economically and environmentally sustainable areas by integrating mixed uses, improving densities and mobility, and reducing their Eco-footprint. The contest also strives to strengthen ties between academia, professionals, local authorities, the private sector and mass housing residents.

From 1 September 2013 to 31 January 2014, teams of university students and/or recent graduates are invited to innovate and compete for seven regional prizes to be awarded at the World Urban Forum in April 2014 in Medellin, Colombia. Schools of architecture and urban planning as well as other academic and research institutions are encouraged to include this competition as part of their curriculum and course work.

Ministries of Housing, local authorities, housing corporations and associations of mass housing residents as well as owners and managers of mass housing estates are invited to collaborate with competitors in order to receive as many innovative ideas as possible towards retrofitting these unsuitable housing environments.

The private sector, as part of CSR, is also invited to sponsor prizes which contribute towards the implementation of the inspiring and inventive concepts of local winners in their respective cities.

Through crowd sourcing, this online competition encourages regional and international exchanges of existing good practices as well as original and creative project solutions, concepts and policy implications developed by competitors to address challenges facing national mass housing estates today.

For more information and to express your interest in participating in the competition, please visit:

Mainstreaming Innovation & Cic Start

Visit Mainstreaming Innovation i Cic Start web pages. You can participate in both projects for free and You can also access interactive webinars and webinar recordings.