Friday, February 4, 2011

Domes for the World: A Call to Action

Many of you have supported Domes for the World (DFTW) over the years, and followed our progress as we have worked to improve the lives of people in desperate need of safe and affordable housing. Now you have the opportunity to let the world know what you think about our efforts.

DFTW has entered an international competition for sustainable urban housing. Funded by the Rockefeller Foundation, the Changemakers competition is aimed at finding innovative solutions for live-able and inclusive cities. The most competitive submissions will be showcased in June at the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C., where they will be viewed by public and private partners including prospective funders.

Winners will be selected based on their ability to engage communities, entrepreneurs and key institutions in collaborating to integrate and develop affordable inclusive, and sustainable urban housing that respects the environment, local cultures, and practices.

One of the goals of the competition is to encourage feedback from the online community. We invite you to share your views on Monolithic EcoShells and the work that DFTW has been doing around the world. It only takes a moment to sign up.

Beginning next week, a panel of independent judges will select 15 finalists from all of the entries submitted in the competition. The Changemakers online community will then vote for three winners. We will keep you updated on our progress and encourage you to vote once finalists are announced on March 23.

In the meantime, you can follow competition news on Twitter and Facebook .

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