Shelter Global Launches Dencity Competition 2015

Shelter is pleased to invite architects, planners, students, engineers, designers, thinkers, NGOs and organizations from all over the world to take part in the first annual Dencity Competition. 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.

The intent of this competition is twofold: to foster new ideas on how to better handle the growing density of unplanned cities and to spread awareness of this massive problem. Contestants should consider how design can empower communities and allow for a self-sufficient future.

There are no restrictions in regards to site, program, or size. Projects can be based on a specific location or a general concept. The object is to limit constraints and give participants the freedom to think in the most creative way possible. Submissions do not need to be created exclusively for this competition, but should not have been submitted elsewhere.


  • Alfredo Brillembourg - (Switzerland) - Founder of Urban-Think Tank
  • Kirtee Shah - (India) - Architect and Director of Ahmedabad Study Action Group
  • Ulf Hackauf - (Netherlands) - Professor at TU Delft and researcher at The Why Factory
  • Nate Cherry - (USA) - VP, Director of Planning and Urban Design at RTKL
  • Heinz Von Eckartsberg - (Australia) - Urban Designer at SJB Urban
  • Changfang Luo - (Netherlands) - Co-Founder of Architecture in Development
  • John Blake - (USA) - Registered Architect and Professor at Miami University
  • Katherine Darnstadt - (USA) - Founder and Principle of Latent Design


  • 1st Place:  $1500 USD
  • 2nd Place:  $600 USD
  • 3rd Place:  $300 USD

Registration closes March 15, 2015. For more information visit:

Press release via Shelter Global

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Cite: Karissa Rosenfield. "Shelter Global Launches Dencity Competition 2015" 18 Jan 2015. ArchDaily. Accessed . <> ISSN 0719-8884

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