Sustainable Urban Housing Winners Announced

The best global solutions for building liveable and inclusive cities

Washington DC – April 12, 2011) Three winners emerged today from the global collaborative competition: Sustainable Urban Housing: Collaborating for Liveable and Inclusive Cities competition, hosted by Ashoka’s Changemakers, with support from the Rockefeller Foundation. The competition identifies innovative solutions for providing sustainable, energy efficient housing in a way that unleashes economic opportunities for the urban poor, and builds smarter, cleaner cities around the world.

“These winning solutions are models for effective collaboration between historically marginalized populations and community leaders to build the cities of the future today,” said Diana Wells, president of Ashoka. “They can potentially be applied to rapidly urbanizing populations anywhere, and will help reshape the most urbanized region in the developing world: Latin America and the Caribbean.”

The public voted for the three competition winners from a slate of 11 finalists. The finalists had been selected from a pool of 250 entries, submitted from 48 countries, by an international panel of expert judges. The judges selected the solutions that best demonstrate innovation, social impact, and sustainability in the field of urban housing development. The winning entries will each receive US $10,000 to scale-up their initiatives.

In addition to receiving US $10,000, the winners will be showcased and reviewed at an event that closes the competition in June 2011 at the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C.

The three winners are:

“We congratulate the winners of the Sustainable Urban Housing competition, and have been proud to support Ashoka Changemakers for developing such a unique and innovative competition that has been successful in tapping the best ideas aimed at solving the world’s most pressing challenges,”said Benjamin de la Peña, Associate Director at the Rockefeller Foundation.

This competition was launched in anticipation of the 2012 Summit of the Americas, and in support of U.S. President Barack Obama’s Energy and Climate Partnership for the Americas (ECPA). It is funded by the Rockefeller Foundation, and is a joint effort of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, the U.S. Department of State, and the American Planning Association with support from the Brazilian Ministry of Cities.

 

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