Meet the 6 Finalists of the Architecture-in-Development Global Challenge

Architecture-in-Development (A–D) is proud to announce the six finalists of the 2021 Global Challenge. A–D will work with six teams to create an accelerator program that lasts 6 months. It aims to match potential collaborators, partners and resources to each project’s critical needs. This gives the teams the chance to develop the capacity necessary to bring their projects to fruition.

What’s the A-D Global Challenge?

The A-D Global Challenge does not offer a traditional competition. The Global Challenge recognizes and accelerates community initiatives that have the greatest impact. It recognizes the efforts of community-led, self-built initiatives around the world and gives them the platform they deserve. We promote them among our global network of partners, and connect them through meaningful collaborations. We have now published 56 of the 202 submitted projects.


Cocina CoLaboratorio, Mexico

A group of researchers, chefs, farmers, and creatives met at a kitchen table in early 2018 to share their knowledge. After years of experimenting with climate-resilient food systems and recipes, the community has developed a plan to create a Kitchen Lab along with agroforestry plots. This space will be crucial for the regeneration of local ecosystems as well as maintaining the cultures that grow from them.

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Taller Tropical Moravia 2.0. Colombia

This community center is dedicated for cultural activities and environmental education. It was created in collaboration between the Moravia, Medellin and Berlin architects. From 2018-2021, a small-scale prototype was operational and hosted over 10.000 people. The new project will enhance the concept by adding a cooking school and a recycling FabLab to it. Artist residencies are also possible.

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A School Built by the People, For The People of India

Tea-plantations in Assam are currently facing a severe socio-economic crisis. This is due to the disempowerment and lack of access for its 1.2 million workers. Our vision of empowerment based on community-action is a stepping stone. Therein, the process of community-architecture is a collective effort to inspire unprecedentedly newer levels of collaboration and trust required for the challenge.

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Community Kickstarter: Ger District Viewing Deck in Mongolia

Mongolian does not have a word for “community”. This project aims to start the process of building community by creating a viewing platform and neighborhood resource in Ulaanbaatar’s ger districts. These are settlements without infrastructure, decent homes or social gathering spaces. This project provides a glimpse into the past and future challenges of the city, and opens up opportunities for community development.

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Jaragua 160, Brazil

We are aiming to change the status of shared spaces in tenements families from a lack of choice to one that is more choice. Jaragua160, a house in a rapidly gentrifying area, will be home 3 migrant families of garment industry workers, 2 of which are led by single mothers. The spaces will be transformed according to their needs through a participative design process. This will create a home where sharing is joy and pleasure.

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Rebuilding the Haadibadi Community Library, India

Haadibadi community library aims to empower children from marginalised communities through providing safe spaces for them to read. The library encourages children to engage in activities that will broaden their horizons beyond the classroom. It is situated in the heart of Bengaluru’s IT Hub, where urban dualism and inequalities are prominent.

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Two projects will be awarded a prize of EUR3,000 each.

Although we can only work with six teams, A–D considers all published entries winners. They are aspiring to solve some of today’s most pressing problems and show the importance of global, local cooperation in architecture. All published entries are eligible to continue using A–D’s platform to reach their development goals.

How did the finalists get selected?

These six finalists were chosen not only for their individual excellence, but also because they collectively demonstrate a wide range of Do-It-Together practices. These finalists are today’s sustainable development issues at various scales, contexts, and issues.

We invited 11 experts to the jury panel. Each member of the jury has reviewed, rated, and commented on each project. We hosted a meeting on September 10 to discuss the most pertinent entries to our submission and assessment criteria.

Our jury members are our advisory board, alliance partner and renown community architects: Ole Bouman and Cameron Sinclair, Johann Baar and Kira Intrapor.