We are a global community that believes the future of architecture is together. 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.

Global Challenge 2021
Join the Global Challenge

Are you a community that has a serious ambition to build a school, housing or a community hub, but lack the right resources to bring it to life? A--D’s Global Challenge 2021 is your chance to put your project in front of a global audience of engaged experts eager to support. Submit your challenge(s) to the Global Challenge 2021 TODAY!

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Do you want to be part of a global community actively looking to positively impact people's lives through architecture, or contribute to projects that need your specific expertise? A--D invites professionals from all walks of life to innovate, learn and challenge each other in a highly diverse, inclusive and inspiring environment. Join now!

Best practices
  • ModSkool, India | finalist of 2016 Global Challenge
    In one of Delhi’s slums, local community activists, leaders, architects have joined forces to build back a school that responds to future evacuations and climate conditions.
  • De Ceuvel, the Netherlands
    De Ceuvel is a clean tech playground located in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Converted from an industrial wasteland, today it is home to a thriving community of entrepreneurs and artists.
  • Granby 4 Streets, UK
    After several decades of top-down planning to regenerate this run-down neighborhood in Liverpool, it was a bottom-up approach led by the local residents that made the difference.
  • The Chamanga Cultural Center, Ecuador
    After the earthquake in April 2016, local residents, civil society organizations and academia collaborated to rebuild this Afro-Ecuadorian cultural house in San Jose de Chamanga.
  • El Tr3bol, Bogotá, Colombia
    In an informal settlement in Bogotá, local community and experts have collaborated to revive a community gathering place, El Tr3bol, that has become a vibrant community hub.
What is the Global Challenge?

The Global Challenge accelerates architectural initiatives that have radical potential to improve the lives of both rural and urban communities. It is a one year program that recognises the best community projects and helps to accelerate their development. Together with our partners, we select the most impactful initiatives, promote them amongst our global network and connect them to create meaningful collaborations.

The first Global Challenge was initiated by A--D in 2016. With 80+ projects from 37 countries submitted, the 2016 pilot ultimately supported the realisation of ModSkool, an award winning project that set a groundbreaking example of ‘Do-It-Together’ architecture.

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

The Global Challenge is a great opportunity if you are seeking support or resources to get your community's initiative off the ground. It is the one-and-only global program that supports the early phase of bottom up, community architectural initiatives. Main reasons to submit your community project:

  • Our unique submission and judging criteria helps identify your project’s true needs to find the right collaborators and partners.
  • Through A--D’s partner alliance and campaigns, your project will gain global exposure, increasing its visibility and credibility among your potential collaborators.
  • If chosen to be a finalist, you can participate in our free accelerator program to boost your team’s capacity and connect with our partners willing to offer support.
Who can participate in the Global Challenge 2021?

There are two ways to participate in the Global Challenge 2021:

  • As a project submittor: if you are a community representative, community activist, community architect or NGO, you can submit your community architectural initiative.
  • As a project supporter, provide (pro bono) expertise or resources in building-planning, engineering, legal, managerial or other relevant professional services. You can register as an expert and contribute to any community project that needs your expertise.

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Advance Sustainable Development Goals
The Global Challenge invites companies to be part of the global debate around sustainable cities and communities.
By sponsoring the Global Challenge you are contributing directly to projects aimed to advance the United Nation's Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
This isn't just about the future of architecture.
The solutions we seek affect the future of humankind.