Oct 15, 2013

Open Invitation | Urban Revitalization of Mass Housing Competition

UN-Habitat has announced the International Competition
Urban Revitalization of Mass Housing, to address the issues of mass housing through proposals to revitalize a mass housing locality in one’s respective city. 
 UN-Habitat is promoting a new urban planning paradigm that calls for planning in advance at the scale of expected development of cities with a better integration of urban uses - housing, business, retail, recreation, education, agricultural, social and cultural activities, amongst others, in an environmentally sustainable manner. The aim of this paradigm shift is to achieve adequate urban densities to minimize the impact of urban sprawl, improve mobility and reduce greenhouse emissions and pollution through decreased motorized traffic, increased social interaction, and boosted local economic development. The ultimate goal is to attain the social, economic, environmental and cultural sustainability of cities.

  • Urban Design
  • Economic Stimulation
  • Social Integration
  • Environmental Improvement
  • Governance and Partnership


For this development-oriented competition, participants will need to contact the owners of the housing stock to jointly select a typical mass housing complex for revitalization. The scope includes:
  • Research: Analysis of national, city and selected mass housing locality on issues related to sustainability.
  • Proposal: Solutions for revitalization of mass housing by addressing the issues identified in the analysis.
  • Policy: Concepts and policy implications of the proposals to facilitate international exchanges.

Eligible to Participate.
  • University students currently studying at an undergraduate, postgraduate or doctoral level.
  • Recent graduates after the 31st of December, 2010.

 In cities and localities of countries in the following seven regions:
  • Arab States
  • Asia and the Pacific
  • Countries in Transition (Eastern Europe and Central Asia)
  • Latin America and the Caribbean
  • Western Europe and other OECD Countries (Australia, Canada, Japan, New Zealand, USA etc.)
  • Sub- Saharan Africa

  • Competition start date: September 15th, 2013
  • Deadline for submission: January 15th, 2014
  • Jury evaluation: February & March 2014
  • Announcement of winners: World Urban Forum 7, April 2014


A prize will be given to the best competitor or competing team from each of the seven  geographic regions to provide some seed funding to initiate the implementation of the winning proposal in the respective city and locality.

See the competition announcement and guidelines for more details.


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