Urbanisation

Every year, the Deutsche Bank Urban Age Award is presented to initiatives within a specific city that utilise partnerships to improve the quality of life and the quality of the urban environment.

The winners are selected by an independent jury following an open call for applications. Since 2007, the award - worth 100,000 USD - has been presented to initiatives based in Mumbai, São Paulo, Istanbul, Mexico City, Cape Town, Rio de Janeiro and New Delhi.

The award celebrates the Urban Age mission that connects quality of life to the quality of the urban environment. Created to encourage people to take responsibility for their cities and form new alliances, the award will be given to projects that improve the urban conditions of their communities and the lives of their residents.
Ute Weiland

The overall aim of the Deutsche Bank Urban Age Award is to make the invisible visible, to show what potential there is in the slums, townships, barrios, gecekondus, or favelas of this world, and to constitute a lobby for those who have never had one.

Ute Weiland, Deputy Managing Director, Alfred Herrhausen Gesellschaft

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Overview of all Award Cities

2014 India, New Delhi
2013 Brazil, Rio de Janeiro
2012 South Africa, Cape Town
2010 Mexico, Mexico City
2009 Turkey, Istanbul
2008 Brazil, São Paulo
2007 India, Mumbai

Find all trailers about the award projects of each city in our media library.

Publications & Links

The official brochures explain the Deutsche Bank Urban Age Award and highlights the award winners from all years up to New Delhi 2014.
Download Delhi 2014 
Download Rio 2013
Download Cape Town 2012

Handmade Urbanism
The book “Handmade Urbanism”, published by Marcos L. Rosa and Ute E. Weiland, is based on the Deutsche Bank Urban Age Award. It is also available as an e-book
at Jovis.
www.handmadeurbanism.com

On 14 November 2014, the 7th Deutsche Bank Urban Age Award was presented in New Delhi. The winning projects Chintan and Goonj shared the 100,000 USD prize money. The keynote speech was given by five-time amateur boxing world champion Mary Kom.

In 2014, the Deutsche Bank Urban Age Award's open call for applications was announced in New Delhi. The winners were selected by an independent international jury.

In 2014 there were 135 applications from the Delhi region, reflecting the vibrancy and creativity of Delhi’s citizens in dealing with the social and urban challenges facing their city.
goonj acceptance speech
The winner from the NGO Goonj expressed her organisation's gratitude for the Award in her acceptance speech.

Many projects highlighted the cooperation between the various stakeholders such as social activists, community groups, foundations, architects and designers, local authorities, universities, and governmental organisations.

The submissions represented a diverse range of projects. The initiatives fell into various categories including education, culture, environment, sanitation, public space, transport and recycling.

The prize was finally awarded to two initiatives: Chintan – Material Recovery Facility, a recycling and educational project located at the New Delhi Railway Station, and Goonj, a non-governmental organization working towards recycling garbage and textiles and thereby creating employment opportunities.
Chintan
The Chintan recycling project at the New Delhi Railway Station manages tons of unsorted garbage every day and enables waste-pickers to carry out their livelihoods in a clean and dignified work environment.
Goonj
Goonj transforms otherwise unusable materials like torn clothes, used books and notebooks etc. into various usable products through the imagination of their workers, allowing nothing to end up in landfills.
The NGO Goonj believes in utilizing vast quantities of untapped old and waste material in middle class households and re-using material to create second-hand products. The material left at Goonj drop-in centres is sorted at a facility run by the group at Madanpur-Khadarpur village in Delhi's South-East, a conservative marginalized neighbourhood, that has seen positive changes in attitude after the facility was set up there. The nesting of the facility inside the community ensures local employment opportunities for women in the area. The sorted material is then utilized as a parallel currency for development programmes in rural areas like ‘Cloth for work’, whereby hundreds of grassroots programmes, such as digging wells, sanitation drives and making bamboo bridges are undertaken through partnerships with local NGOs. Goonj deals with about 1000 tons of solid waste annually, allowing nothing to end up in landfills, the otherwise unusable materials like torn clothes, used books and notebooks etc. are transformed into various usable products through the imagination of their workers. The last bits of otherwise torn and unusable cloth material are also transformed into sanitary pads produced for rural women under the ‘My Pad’ program. The project forms a creative and locally embedded workplace in Delhi and demonstrates the importance of more sustainable forms of production and consumption.
The Chintan Material Recovery Facility project at the New Delhi Railway station manages tons of unsorted garbage from the numerous trains that arrive at the railway station every day. The garbage which would otherwise end up in landfill dumps outside the city is sorted into organic and non-organic waste by trained workers at the center. The organic waste is then composted into manure through microcomposting and the non-organic waste is systematically sorted into various recyclable components of which only 20% ends up in landfills. Proper management and systematization of the process leads to more dignified livelihoods for the otherwise marginalized rag-picking community. The sorted waste is passed on to various corporate producers, such as TetraPack, for recycling. The profits generated through the project are utilized to improve social awareness among the rag-picking community and to create educational facilities for children of the waste-pickers. The facility stands on a former garbage dump, which has been transformed into a dignified and clean working space where the trained rag-pickers come and carry out their livelihoods. The project demonstrates that with process innovation and courageous partnership-building with corporates, residents and institutions, a just, ecological and inclusive approach to urban waste management in a mega-city like Delhi is both possible and urgent.

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The Jury

Ricky Burdett, LSE Cities
Renana Jhabvala, Self-Employed Women’s Association (SEWA)
Vijai Kapoor, former Lt Governor of Delhi
Rahul Mehrotra, Graduate School of Design, Harvard University
Jagan Shah, National Institute of Urban Affairs (NIUA)
Anthony A. Williams, Chief Executive Officer of the Federal City Council, Washington D.C.

Publications & Links

The official brochure explains the Deutsche Bank Urban Age Award and highlights the award winners from previous years as well as from New Delhi 2014.
Download Delhi 2014

Handmade Urbanism
The book “Handmade Urbanism”, published by Marcos L. Rosa and Ute E. Weiland, is based on the Deutsche Bank Urban Age Award. It is also available as an e-book at Jovis.
www.handmadeurbanism.com

More information about the winning projects can be found on their official websites:
Chintan 
Goonj.

Both winners of the 6th Urban Age Award, which was presented on 03 December 2013, redesign culturally barren areas in the bustling metropolitan area of Rio de Janeiro into places of creative exchange.

Rio de Janeiro, the focus city of the Deutsche Bank Urban Age Award in 2013, has been characterised by Professor Ricky Burdett, Chairmain of the Award Jury, as “one of the most dynamic cities in the world, creating opportunities and tensions for all its residents as it undergoes significant change.”
street in rio by Tuca Vieira
A street in Rio de Janeiro © Tuca Vieira
Slums of Rio by Tuca Vieira
Slums of Rio de Janeiro © Tuca Vieira
In 2013, 170 projects from Rio de Janeiro applied for the award and its prize money of USD 100,000. The jury looked for projects whose experiences and structures could also be translated into the context of other urban areas and therefore serve as models for the future of cities in general. The two winners were Plano Popular Vila Autódromo, which received 80,000 USD, and Pontilhão Cultural, receiving 20,000 USD.
all winners of the 2013 award

 All winners of the 2013 Deutsche Bank Urban Age Award pose for a group picture.

Plano Popular Vila Autódromo: The area of Vila Autódromo has been the matter of discussion for potential construction of Olympic facilities. In this context, the community of Vila Autódromo and experts from the universities of Universidade Federal da Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ) and Universidade Federal Fluminense (UFF) joined in a collective effort to push for a debate on how the area could be improved for residents as well. The jury praised the long-term character of the initiative, which has been in place for two years, and its success in bringing together important local and official actors.
Vila Autodromo
The winners of the Plano Popular Vila Autódromo
Pontilhão Cultural: A former rubbish dump, the Pontilhão Cultural has been transformed into a place of cultural expression and personal exchange for the residents of Maré. Overseen by Lona Cultural, a nearby municipal facility, the area is now a meeting point of a real collective of artists and cultural activists, who regularly organize video screenings, lectures, workshops and other open events.
In addition to the two winners, two projects received a Special Mention. Both Censo Maré and Agência de Redes para a Juventude promote the needs of groups often slipping through the tenets of their local authorities: the latter's aim is to develop skills locally, by opening up entrepeneurship opportunities for innovative young people from deprived neighborhoods. Censo Maré documents the living spaces of the residents of Maré, who are often left officially unregistered, to bring their needs and demands back into the public consciousness.
Pontilhão Cultural
The winners of Pontilhão Cultural receiving their award.

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The Jury

Ricky Burdett, LSE Cities, Urban Age
Paola Berenstein Jacques, Federal University of Bahia
Lívia Flores, Communication School, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro
Cristina Freire, Museum for Contemporary Art, University of São Paulo
Anna Katharina Herrhausen, Allianz4Good, Allianz SE
Fabiana Izaga, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Institute of Architects of Brasil
Anthony A. Williams, Chief Executive Officer of the Federal City Council, Washington D.C.

Publications & Links

The official brochure explains the Deutsche Bank Urban Age Award and highlights the award winners from all years up to Rio 2013.
Download Rio 2013

Handmade Urbanism
The book “Handmade Urbanism”, published by Marcos L. Rosa and Ute E. Weiland, is based on the Deutsche Bank Urban Age Award. It is also available as an e-book at Jovis.
www.handmadeurbanism.com

More information about the winning projects can be found on their official websites:
Plano Popular Vila Autódromo
Pontilhão Cultural

On 19 April 2012, the 5th Deutsche Bank Urban Age Award was presented in Cape Town. The winning project Mothers Unite received the prize money of 750,000 ZAR.

The extreme geography of Cape Town has allowed the city — separated, disconnected, and volatile — to continue growing rapidly within its old Apartheid pattern. The projects that applied for the Urban Age Award in 2012 showed that steps were indeed being taken towards addressing the stark contrasts and inequality rife in the post-Apartheid landscape of the city, and evidence a strong common desire for positive change.
Helen Zille and Josef Ackermann

 Josef Ackermann, Chairman of the Managing Board of Deutsche Bank at the time, and Helen Zille, Premier of the Western Cape, announcing the winners of the 2012 Deutsche Bank Urban Age Award.

The record 254 initiatives which applied for the award were spread evenly across the townships of the Cape Flats, with a high concentration of NGOs based in and around the City Bowl. The projects focused mainly on soft infrastructure in response to urgent needs — feeding, child care and education, violence prevention, promotion of youth and the arts, skills training, job creation — and tended to engage tentatively with the built environment, with the exception of a larger number of urban agriculture projects. The jury was impressed by the diversity and calibre of the citizen groups engaged in addressing the city’s diverse urban challenges.
Malika Ndlovu

Jury member Malika Ndlovu, poet, playwright, performer and arts consultant, performing live on stage at the Urban Age Award ceremony.

Mothers Unite winners

 Proud and happy winners of Mothers Unite

The award and its prize money of 750,000 ZAR finally went to Mothers Unite. Founded in 2007 in a mother's home, Mother's Unite offers a refuge from social insecurity, gang culture and violence for children aged between three and 15 in a marginalized community.Now operating from a self-built container village, it caters to 120 children, offering meals three afternoons a week, as well as a variety of educational and creative activities in partnership with various developmental and educational institutions. These include computer literacy, food cultivation and first aid skills.The project infrastructure has grown to encompass a library, kitchen, food gardens, yoga/training room, playground and administration office.
Mothers Unite

 Lunch time: Mothers Unite caters to 120 children, offering meals three afternoons a week.

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The Jury

Andrew Boraine, African Centre for Cities, University of Cape Town
Ricky Burdett, LSE Cities & Urban Age
Malika Ndlovu, poet, playwright, performer and arts consultant
Enrique Norten, TEN Arquitectos; University of Pennsylvania
Edgar Pieterse, African Centre for Cities, University of Cape Town
Nonfundo Walaza, Desmond Tutu Peace Center
Anthony A. Williams, Chief Executive Officer of the Federal City Council, Washington D.C.

Pubilcations & Links

The official brochure explains the Deutsche Bank Urban Age Award and highlights the award winners from all years up to Cape Town 2012.
Download Cape Town 2012

Handmade Urbanism
The book “Handmade Urbanism”, published by Marcos L. Rosa and Ute E. Weiland, is based on the Deutsche Bank Urban Age Award. It is also available as an e-book at Jovis.
www.handmadeurbanism.com

More information about the winning project Mothers Unite can be found on its official website.

The winner of the 4th Urban Age Award, which was presented in Mexico City on 22 July 2010, shows how citizen initiatives — in strong alliance with universities, local authorities, and other organizations — can promote community life and substantially improve the urban environment and living conditions in megacities.

Mexico City faces big social, economic, environmental, and management challenges. It is a city that has dramatically expanded through informality and has faced natural disasters as well as an economic crisis, which brought about a remarkable increase in violence and the subsequent abandonment of public space. But despite all of these difficulties, the city also records an improvement in quality life at the local level, largely due to citizens who build the city with their own hands and shape the future through the search for the common good.
Emanating from a range of social and geographical backgrounds, the 193 entries for the fourth cycle of the Deutsche Bank Urban Age award suggested the existence of strong and diverse alliances aimed at improving the urban environment and quality of life. The support of universities, local authorities and government programmes, as well as the cooperation of different community organizations, has been an important factor in the success of these projects.
Marcel Ebrard

 Mexico City's Mayor Marcelo Ebrard with the Urban Age Award winners of the Asamblea Comunitaria de Miravalle.

The award winner Asamblea Comunitaria de Miravalle (Miravalle Community Council) reactivates public space within the city’s border through a comprehensive project that includes culture, education, health, employment, and recycling programs.
winners miravalle
The winners of the Asamblea Comunitaria de Miravalle celebrate their award.
Miravalle recycling
Miravalle supervises a solid waste management project involving the collection and recycling of two tonnes of PET plastic per week, generating employment for 30 young people.
Founded in the borough of Iztapalapa — a historically poor neighbourhood in the east of the city — by indigenous people from different ethnic backgrounds who recently migrated into the city, Miravalle is a community-based project that facilitates partnerships between local and metropolitan organisations and local individuals. It supervises a solid waste management project involving the collection and recycling of two tonnes of PET plastic per week, which generates employment for 30 young people. It also oversees a cultivation project that provides fresh produce, in particular vegetables, for a low-budget lunchroom, ensuring healthy nutrition. A comprehensive project, Miravelle also offers a wide variety of sport and cultural services — art workshops, dance classes, a skateboarding park — as well as an education programme aimed at helping residents overcome the technological gap.
Miravalle cooking

 Miravalle also oversees a cultivation project that provides fresh produce, in particular vegetables, for a low-budget lunchroom, ensuring healthy nutrition.

The gang cooperation project Centro Cultural Consejo Agrarista, which acknowledges the existence of gangs as a legitimate means of collective identity and which promotes legal graffiti and artistic work as an alternative to drugs, crime and violence, as well as the public space recovery initiative Recuperando Espacios para la Vida received special mentions.

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The Jury

Vanessa Bauche, Actress and social activist
Ricky Burdett, Urban Age; LSE Cities
Jose Castillo, arquitectura 911sc; School of Architecture, Universidad Iberoamericana
Denise Dresser, Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México
Enrique Norten, TEN Arquitectos; University of Pennsylvania
Betsabeé Romero, Visual artist
Han Tümertekin, Harvard Graduate School of Design
Anthony Williams, Former Mayor of Washington, DC and Executive Director of the Global Government

Publications & Links

Handmade Urbanism
The book “Handmade Urbanism”, published by Marcos L. Rosa and Ute E. Weiland, is based on the Deutsche Bank Urban Age Award. It is also available as an e-book at Jovis.
www.handmadeurbanism.com

More information about the winning project Asamblea Comunitaria de Miravalle can be found on its official website.

On 04 November 2009, the 3rd Deutsche Bank Urban Age Award was awarded in Istanbul to Baris Icin Müzik ("Music for Peace"), which by focusing on the children in the neighborhood aims to connect people and empower residents, while raising the quality of the neighborhood.

Istanbul’s spatial inequity is a result of a rapidly growing process, which has intensified problems over time: traffic congestion, lack of open space, the informal and self-made city, as well as the restoration of the city’s heritage and derelict areas. Many of the eighty-seven initiatives which applied for the Deutsche Bank Urban Age Award 2009 addressed the critical problems faced by Istanbul’s most fragile communities — new immigrants, isolated women, disadvantaged children, the disabled, and homeless young men. The projects combined the spirit of social entrepreneurship and collective action that characterizes many of the grassroots initiatives developed in Istanbul.
Istanbul

 Bird view of Istanbul

The winning project Baris Icin Müzik ("Music for Peace") is impressive in its simplicity. It offers music training as a catalyst in a depressed innercity neighborhood, where extra-curricular opportunities are not ordinarily available. The project in Edirnekapi, one of Istanbul’s most disadvantaged inner-city neighbourhoods, offers free musical education to local school children between the ages of 7 and 14. The project allows young boys and girls to spend time with dedicated volunteer musicians. By creatively adapting the unused basement of the local state school into a bright and airy space where children spend afterschool hours playing accordions, learning composition, repairing instruments, performing and eating together, the initiative performs an important social cohesive effect.
Music for Peace Istanbul
The winning project Baris Icin Müzik ("Music for Peace") offers free musical education to local school children between the ages of 7 and 14 in Istanbul's Edirnekapi neighbourhood.
Apart from its obvious social impact on the children and their families, many of them recent immigrants from poorer regions in Turkey, the project represents a commitment to an inner-city area suffering from disinvestment and increasing deprivation. The project is an innovative investment in human and social capital, which uses arts and culture in a highly pragmatic and unsentimental way to empower local residents, promote urban regeneration and raise the overall quality of the neighborhood.
The two foundations Kadin Emegini Degerlendirme Vakfi, which supports women's work, and Umut Çocuklari Dernegi – Bakirköy Gençlik Evi, which supports young homeless men, where honoured with special mentions.
Urban Age Award Istanbul 2009
Özlem Gürses (Journalist), Dr. Josef Ackermann (Chariman of the Managing Board DB), Mr Ersin Akyuz (Chief Country Officer DB Turkey), Istanbul's Mayor Topbas and Demet Mutman (Architect) announcing the winners of the 2009 Deutsche Bank Urban Age Award.

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The Jury

Behiç Ak, cartoonist, author, architect
Ricky Burdett, Urban Age; LSE Cities
Arzuhan Dogan Yalçindag, Turkish Industrialists and Businessmen’s Association (TUSIAD)
Çaglar Keyder, Bosphorus University
Enrique Norten, TEN Arquitectos; University of Pennsylvania
Han Tümertekin, Harvard Graduate School of Design
Anthony Williams, Former Mayor of Washington, DC and Executive Director of the Global Government

Publications & Links

Handmade Urbanism
The book “Handmade Urbanism”, published by Marcos L. Rosa and Ute E. Weiland, is based on the Deutsche Bank Urban Age Award. It is also available as an e-book at Jovis.
www.handmadeurbanism.com


More information about the winning project Baris Icin Müzik can be found on its official website.

The winning project of the 2nd Deutsche Bank Urban Age Award, which was presented in São Paulo on 03 December 2008, is a cooperation between residents and students which was awarded because of the way it established a method for interaction between the social and the physical, between the built and the lived, right in the heart of the city.

São Paulo faces major problems related to the lack of infrastructure — from electricity and water to education and culture. Urbanisation has fragmented the city, producing urban wastelands and residual spaces of different natures; it has also polarized wealth. This urbanisation process has created both a verifiable lack of quality spaces for human coexistence, and unused space with the potential to host urban creative practices.
Sao Paulo
São Paulo city centre with favelas
The 133 initiatives which applied for the 2008 Deutsche Bank Urban Age Award were concentrated primarily in the central area of São Paulo and showed how self-organization responds to urgent needs, generating quality collective spaces that encourage community participation. The projects test the collective use of space through cultural, arts, and education production, as well as the creation of recreational opportunities, recycling alternatives, social housing, etc.
Edificio Uniao
The winning project Edificio União.
Edificio Uniao
Jury members with residents of the award winning project 'Edificio União'.
The winning project Edificio União (Union Building) is a high-rise in the center of the city, formerly occupied by squatters, which has been successfully converted into residences for forty-two families, including a communal space. Working with a variety of partners, students from São Paulo’s Faculty of Architecture initiated a project to ‘de-densify’ the building. Over 30 of the 73 families squeezed into the building were re-housed. Together with the remaining residents, the site was cleaned, new kitchens and bathrooms were fitted, a collective power grid installed, and the exterior of the building improved. In the center of São Paulo, an area of the city best provided with infrastructure, the project allows its residents to remain near jobs, schools, and social amenities. The project serves as an outstanding example of what community empowerment can do for people who want to live closer to their workplaces in the city center. The project is a successful alternative to social housing practice models in São Paulo, and it also differs from the other gated communities by blurring the traditional boundaries between private and public. Edificio União received the award prize money of 100,000 USD.
Bio Urban

Jeff Anderson's project Bio Urban was one of three projects recognized with a Special Mention and a 5 000 USD remuneration.

In addition, the international jury singled out three projects for special mention: the “Cooperativa de Reciclagem Nova Esperança” reclycing initiative in the peripheral Vila Nova district; the "BioUrban" urban intervention scheme in the Mauro favela; and the “Instituto ACAIA"’s project for an arts workshop and public space interventions in favelas in the Vila Leopoldina. Considering the high quality of the projects, the Deutsche Bank Americas Foundation decided to reward the three finalists with 5 000 USD each.
Instituto ACAIA

 The Instituto ACAIA by Elisa Bracher and Ana Christina Camargo in the Vila Leopoldina also received a Special Mention.

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The Jury

Tata Amaral, film director, writer, producer and actor
Ricky Burdett, Urban Age; LSE Cities
Lisette Lagnado, Faculdade Santa Marcelina, São Paulo
Fernando de Mello Franco, MMBB architects; Universidade São Judas Tadeu, São Paulo
Enrique Norten, TEN Arquitectos; University of Pennsylvania
Raí Souza Vieira de Oliveira, Foundation Gol de Letra
Anthony Williams, Former Mayor of Washington, DC and Executive Director of the Global Government

Publications & Links

Handmade Urbanism
The book “Handmade Urbanism”, published by Marcos L. Rosa and Ute E. Weiland, is based on the Deutsche Bank Urban Age Award. It is also available as an e-book at Jovis.
www.handmadeurbanism.com

More information about the winning project Instituto Acaia can be found on its official website.

The inaugural Deutsche Bank Urban Age Award was presented on 02 November 2007 to two transformative projects in Mumbai that demonstrated how citizens had improved the lives of local residents and the quality of their urban environment through innovative partnerships.

Much of the city of Mumbai has grown informally and shows a mixed geography with rich and poor settlements existing side by side in various parts of the city. The nature of both the growth and governance of the city has made even basic public service delivery difficult in many areas. At the same time, the geography of the city has prevented outward expansion, leading to incredible levels of density and limited open space.
Mumbai

The busy city of Mumbai

Mumbai Slums

 Mumbai slums

The projects that applied for the first Deutsche Bank Urban Age Award in Mumbai in 2007 demonstrated the remarkable initiative, creativity, and tenacity of citizens from different walks of life to address the challenges in their city. These initiatives respond to the nature of the city — in particular, to the large degree of informality and the constraints of space due to its specific geography — and reflect a variety of concerns, with the most prevalent being public space, housing, education, and sanitation. The projects reflected the involvement of multiple stakeholders—from local communities to the city government to private actors.
Winners Urban Age 2007

 German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Deutsche Bank's Josef Ackermann with the winners of the inaugural Deutsche Bank Urban Age Award in Mumbai 2007.

The award with its prize money of 100,000 was finally shared by two winning projects, Triratna Prerana Mandal, a community toilet that evolved into a comprehensive community center providing educational and entrepreneurial activities, and the Mumbai Waterfronts Center which reclaims the city’s waterfronts by constructing promenades and improving beaches, making them usable as open, public spaces for all.

Furthermore, the Urban Design Research Institute which works to preserve and improve the city’s historic downtown core as a quality urban space and cultural hub was acknowledged with a special mention.
Triratna Prerana Mandal team

 The team of the winning project Triratna Prerana Mandal.

Triratna Prerana Mandal (TPM): Founded in 1985, this non-profit community-based organisation oversees a broad range of activities with partners in local government. It was singled out for its innovative slum sanitation programme, which increased the availability of public toilets for Mumbai residents. A partnership with the World Bank-funded Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai, which constructed the new toilets, TPM used these toilets as key nodal points to create dynamic spaces offering computer classes, English language tuition, child-care services and women’s self-help and skills groups. TPM is also active in solid waste management and administers a programme that teaches residents waste collection, classification and composting skills.
computer lab Triratna Prerana Mandal
The Triratna Prerana Mandal has grown from a simple community toilet to becoming a community centre which now also incorporates a computer lab.
cooking at Triratna Prerana Mandal

 Cooking the mid-day meal at the Triratna Prerana Mandal community centre.

Mumbai Waterfronts Center: Frustrated by the state of Mumbai’s waterfront, a group of local Bandra residents joined forces to improve and reclaim a 7km stretch of shoreline. The project created an open public space that is accessible to all sections of Mumbai’s crowded population. Significantly, the restoration project, which is maintained by residents, helped spur a larger citywide initiative at the Western waterfront. The Mumbai Waterfronts Center has since been involved in a similar project at the Dadar-Prabhadevi beach area, a 4km-long public area that includes two municipal gardens.

Mumbai Waterfront

 Mumbai's waterfront

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The Jury

Shabana Azmi, actor and social activist
Ricky Burdett, Urban Age; LSE Cities
Rahul Mehrotra, Harvard University
Suketu Mehta, New York University
Enrique Norten, TEN Arquitectos; University of Pennsylvania
Anthony Williams, Former Mayor of Washington, DC and Executive Director of the Global Government

Publications & Links

Handmade Urbanism
The book “Handmade Urbanism”, published by Marcos L. Rosa and Ute E. Weiland, is based on the Deutsche Bank Urban Age Award. It is also available as an e-book at Jovis.
www.handmadeurbanism.com

More information about the winning projects can be found on their official websites:
Triratna Prerana Mandal
Mumbai Waterfronts Center

Videos von 2007-2014
Deutsche Bank Urban Age Award

Delhi 2014
Trailer for the Deutsche Bank Urban Age Award 2014, that was awarded on 14 November 2014 in New Delhi to the winning projects Chintan and Goonj who both shared a prize money of $US 100,000.
Rio de Janeiro 2013

Trailer for the Deutsche Bank Urban Age Award 2013, that was awarded on 3 December 2013 in Rio de Janeiro to the winning projects "Plano popular da Vila Autódromo" and "Pontilhão Cultural" who both shared a prize money of USD 100,000.

Kapstadt 2012

Trailer for the Deutsche Bank Urban Age Award 2012, that was awarded on 19 April 2012 in Cape Town to the winning project "Mother's Unite" with a prize money of USD 100,000.

Mexiko-Stadt 2010

Trailer for the Deutsche Bank Urban Age Award 2010, that was awarded on 22 July 2010 in Mexico-City to the winning project "Miravalle" with a prize money of USD 100,000.

Istanbul 2009

Trailer for the Deutsche Bank Urban Age Award 2009, that was awarded on 4 November 2009 in Istanbul to the winning project "Barış İcin Müzik (Music for Peace)" with a prize money of USD 100,000.

São Paulo 2008

Trailer for the Deutsche Bank Urban Age Award 2008, that was awarded on 3 December 2008 in São Paulo to the winning project "Edificio União" with a prize money of USD 100,000.

Mumbai 2007

Trailer for the Deutsche Bank Urban Age Award 2007, that was awarded on 2 November 2007 in Mumbai to the winning projects "Triratna Prerana Mandal" und "Mumbai Waterfronts Centre" who both shared a prize money of USD 100,000.