World Environment Day is an annual event that is aimed at being the biggest and most widely celebrated global day for positive environmental action. World Environment Day activities take place all year round but climax on 5 June every year, involving everyone from everywhere. World Environment Day celebration began in 1972 and has grown to become the one of the main vehicles through which the UN stimulates worldwide awareness of the environment and encourages political attention and action. World Environment Day is also a day for people from all walks of life to come together to ensure a cleaner, greener and brighter outlook for themselves and future generations.
(Source: About World Environment Day 2012 - United Nations Programme)
2012 Cycle International Student Design Competition
DUE TO BETTER HEALTH CARE AND NUTRITION MANY IN THE WORLD HAVE LONGER LIFE SPANS THAN EVEN JUST ONE HUNDRED YEARS AGO ... and that means that every month around the world over 1 million people turn 60 years old, with the fastest growth in developing countries. To address this issue, the International Council for Caring Communities, in cooperation with the Asia Pacific Exchange and Cooperation Foundation (APECF) and the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT), the United Nations Ageing Units, the Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA), and other partners have organized an International Student Design Competition called “Integrated Communities: A Society for All Ages.” This Competition is endorsed around the world by the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture.
The 2012 Student Design Competition was launched by Competition Chair, Mr. Xiao Wunan, Executive Vice Chairman, Asia Pacific Exchange and Cooperation Foundation, during the “Urban Futures: New Mindsets …North Meets South” High Level Working Session on February 7, 2012 at United Nations Headquarters in New York.
The Competition invites architecture students around the world to apply their creative talents toward developing solution, which integrate older persons seamlessly into the fabric of the community and include them in all social, cultural, and productive activities. While some of the needs of older persons are universal, most take vastly different forms based on such differences as culture, political system, social structure, geographical region and demographic context. It is expected that students will reflect, through this competition, solutions that will care for the situation in their respective country or region.
Because the competition is open to individuals as well as groups of students, there will be two First place awards of USD$10,000, two second place winners of USD$5,000 and two third place winners at USD$2,500 each. At least three more projects in each category will receive honorable mentions. All other completed submissions will be recognized with a certificate of acknowledging a student’s participation.
Deadlines for this free Competition: entry form electronically was 1 June, 2012 and entry projects by 8 August 2012.
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