International architecture non-profit Shelter Global has announced the winners of its 2015 Dencity Competition. Out of 300 entries from 50 different countries, three winners and six special mentions were selected. The competition’s goal was “to foster new ideas on how to handle the growing density of unplanned cities and to spread awareness of the massive problem,” and jury members sought out project designs that empower communities and allow for self-sufficiency. Read about the three winners, after the break. First Place: Urukundo; Kigali, Rwanda / OC Workshop The competition’s first place winner, entitled Urukundo, seeks to remedy poor infrastructure and services through the concept of a “slum factory,” in which unused waste can be repurposed for maximum efficiency. Essentially, the project seeks to improve the existing business and facilities of a clay cooperative in Rwanda by creating a small factory that would produce construction materials from the clay-rich soil in the valley and allow the area to promote its own development through infrastructure improvements.
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