As part of the launch of the nonprofit Shelter Global, co-founders Patrick McLoughlin and Chad Johnson initiated the Dencity Competition to address rapid urbanization around the world. With the intent to generate ideas and raise awareness, Dencity is seeking project ideas from architects, planners, students, engineers, designers, thinkers, and organizations that show how “design can empower communities and allow for a self sufficient future.” Three winners and five special mentions will be awarded later this year. Registration to participate closes March 15, 2015.
Rapid world growth and urbanization is not allowing cities to adapt and provide for their inhabitants. Towns are quickly growing into cities, and some of the densest places in the world are comprised of makeshift homes, otherwise referred to as slums. Furthermore, already overcrowded cities have to absorb people leaving their rural hometown in hope of job opportunities. There are currently over 1 billion slum dwellers in the world. This number is expected to reach 2 billion by the year 2030. Now, more than ever, we need to play a central role in the development of substandard neighborhoods. Slums effect much more than just housing; they affect almost all living conditions and communities as a whole.
Click here to learn more and register for Shelter Global’s Dencity Competition, online at ShelterGlobel.org.