by Architecture-in-Development, 29 September 2021
Announcing the finalists: Global Challenge 2021
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Architecture-in-Development (A--D) is proud to announce the six finalists of the 2021 Global Challenge. A--D will partner with these six teams in a 6-month accelerator programme aiming to match potential partners, collaborators and resources to each project’s critical needs - giving  the teams the opportunity to build the necessary capacity to bring their projects to life.

What is the A--D Global Challenge?

The A--D Global Challenge is not your usual competition. The Global Challenge recognises the most impactful community initiatives and helps accelerate their development. It celebrates the ongoing efforts of self-built, community-led initiatives world-wide and offers them the stage they deserve, promoting them amongst our global network of partners and connecting them through meaningful collaborations. Among 202 submissions, we have selected 56 longlisted projects, now published on our website. 

The six finalists are:


Among them, two projects will each receive a €3,000.- prize:

[Taller Tropical Moravia 2.0] assigned by our partner, Hilti Foundation.
[Cocina CoLaboratorio] assigned by our partner, Holcim Foundation.

Although A--D can only partner with these six teams, we consider all the published entries as winners as they aspire to resolve some of the most pressing issues of today and demonstrate the importance of local, global cooperation in architecture. All published entries can continue using the A--D platform to achieve their development goals.

How were the finalists selected?

The six finalists are chosen based on not only their individual excellence but also how they - as a group - exemplify a broad spectrum of Do-It-Together (DIT) practices. These finalists represent today’s sustainable development challenges at a variety of scales, contexts and issues, including but not limited to food, agriculture, climate change, heritage restoration and affordable housing.

We have invited 11 experts to join the jury panel. Our jury members have reviewed, rated and commented on the shortlisted projects individually. On September 10, we hosted a panel meeting to discuss the most relevant entries in respect to our submission & assessment criteria.

Our jury members include our advisory board, alliance partners and renown community architects: Ole Bouman, Cameron Sinclair, Anna Heringer, Johann Baar, Kira Intrapor, David Basulto, Luisa PAstore, David Cole, David Barragan, Pelayo Achondo and Swati Janu.

What’s next?

The finalist teams will kick off the accelerator in mid-October followed by pitch presentations, coaching sessions and workshops. Want to follow the A--D Global Challenge accelerator, participate in our online presentations or meeting rooms? Make sure to subscribe to our newsletter or follow our facebooklinkedininstagram | twitter.