REP Research Fellow, Dr Claudia Murray, on Advisory Group for the World Habitat Awards 2015-16

16 September 2015

REP Research Fellow, Dr Claudia Murray, on Advisory Group for the World Habitat Awards 2015-16

REP Research Fellow, Dr Claudia Murray, on Advisory Group for the World Habitat Awards 2015-16

Dr Claudia Murray from the School of Real Estate & Planning was part of the Advisory Group for the World Habitat Awards 2015-16. The Awards recognise projects that provide practical, innovative and replicable solutions to today's most pressing housing needs. The Awards were established in 1985 by BSHF (Building and Social Housing Foundation) and run in collaboration with UN-Habitat. 

The pre-selection process was carried out by the Building and Social Housing Foundation (BSHF) who initially received 170 projects from the global North and South, and narrowed the finalist to 10 projects. Claudia then joined the BSHF team around a table of other international experts who together covered a wide range of areas: from environmental and housing policies and economics, to urban anthropology, sustainable development and construction. 

The group met last week at the Sloane room at the Royal Institute of British Architects, for a full day session chaired by BSHF director, Mr David Ireland. The Advisory Group analysed each of the 10 finalists, made a shortlist of 4 projects and passed their recommendations for the final site-evaluation visits. The final judges of the Award are Dr Joan Clos, Executive Director of UN-Habitat, and Leilani Fahra, the UN Special Rapporteur on adequate housing. The winners will be announced in spring 2016 before receiving their awards at the United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development in October 2016 in Quito.

For more information visit  http://www.worldhabitatawards.org.

A list of successful projects can be found at: http://www.worldhabitatawards.org/winners-and-finalists/project-archive.cfm?lang=00

 

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