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How would you improve worldwide slum conditions? Submit your ideas to the 2015 Dencity CompetitionApril 20th, 2015

Dencity, 2015 Dencity competition, Dencity competition, design competition, Shelter, Shelter Global, slums, poverty, makeshift housing, urban settlements, urbanization, inadequate housing, substandard housing

Inadequate housing is a worldwide problem that’s exacerbated by rapid urbanization. To help the 1.6 billion people in the world who live in makeshift urban settlements, Shelter Global has launched Dencity, a design competition that encourages architects and planners to rethink how cities can improve slum conditions. Open to all fields, the competition aims to gather innovative solutions and spread awareness of the massive problem. No professional qualifications are necessary. Cash prizes totaling $2,400 will be divided amongst the top three winners. The submission deadline is April 20, 2015.

April 20th, 2015

April 20th, 2015



1st Place: $1,500 USD

2nd Place: $600 USD

3rd Place: $300 USD

There will also be 5 special mentions.

Winners and special mentions will be published in several international online magazines as well as the Shelter website.


2 project boards at 11” x 17," horizontal format at 300 dpi in .jpg format are required. You may include diagrams, sitemaps, collages, photographs, plans, sections, elevations, renderings and any other visualizations you think are necessary to convey your ideas. Each board must include your Dencity Competition ID in the upper right hand corner.

A text-based 8.5” x 11” .doc format, between 750-1500 words in length, that coincides with the graphic boards. It is optional to include this text into the 5 project slides, but it still needs to be submitted as a separate text document. This text must be in English. The text file must also include the unique registration ID number in the upper right hand corner.

All biographies must be included for each participating team member in a single .doc or .txt file. This must include the names of all participants with their profession, home address, phone number and email, as well as a short paragraph about the participant. This document must also include the unique registration ID number in the upper right hand corner.


John Blake

Professor, Miami University

Alfredo Brillembourg

Founding Partner, Urban-Think Tank

Nathan Cherry


Katherine Darnstadt

Founder & Principal, Latent Design

Ulf Hackauf

Why Factory

Changfang Luo

Co-Founder, Architecture in Development

Kirtee Shah

Chairman & Chief Architect, Ksa Design Planning Services