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Only by forging new alliances, facilitating cross-cultural collaboration and connecting groups previously invisible to each other can we tackle the most pressing social and environmental challenges of our time.

Finalists Global Challenge 2021
finalist 2021
Jaraguá 160
São Paulo, Brazil
finalist 2021
Taller Tropical Moravia 2.0
Medellín, Colombia
finalist 2021
 meeting place
Community Kickstarter: Ger District Viewing Deck
finalist 2021
A School Built By the People, For The People
Jorhat, India
finalist 2021
 agriculture & fisheries
Cocina CoLaboratorio
Ejido Loma Bonita, Mexico
finalist 2021
Rebuilding the Haadibadi Community library
Bengaluru City, India
What is the Global Challenge?

The Global Challenge is a competition that recognises the best community projects and helps accelerate their development. We select the most impactful initiatives, promote them amongst our global network of partners and connect them through meaningful collaborations.

Why should we submit our community project to the Global Challenge?

The Global Challenge is the one-and-only global program that supports the early phase of bottom-up, community architectural initiatives. It is an opportunity for Exposure, Network, Funding & partnership: as a finalist, you will have the opportunity to receive €3,000.- funding or pro bono advice provided by our partners.

What type of projects can I submit?

Eligible projects must be collective spaces: community learning, living, working spaces, such as schools, libraries, meeting places, community centers, community-led housing or community place-making - but are not limited to these.

Please also check the best practices to learn more about the winner of our Global Challenge 2016 and other projects we love.

What are the submission criteria
    • Team capacity: there is a core team that demonstrates leadership and qualifications to bring the initiative to life.
    • Community involvement: the core team consists of members of the community and representatives.
    • Architectural added value: the design demonstrates the core team’s understanding and sensitivity to local culture and tradition.
    • Urgency: the submission should address what’s already been achieved and identify the expertise and resources necessary to bring the initiative to life.

When are the important dates and deadlines?


Who is eligible to submit a project?

A project can be submitted by a person - community architect or representative - who acts as the ‘gatekeeper’ for the community, who is committed to leading the development process.

What else do I need to know before submitting a project?

Please check the Program Guidelines with all the additional information about our jury panel, jury process and assessment criteria.

How can I contact you for more questions?

Join our online Q&A sessions here and ask us any question.

Global Challenge 2021 Jury Board

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By sponsoring the Global Challenge you are contributing directly to projects aimed to advance the United Nation's Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
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