How we started
Unprecedented urbanization in Asia and the Pacific holds the promise of economic and social development to lift hundreds of millions of people out of poverty. However, current urban development patterns are both unsustainable and inequitable. Most visibly, a significant portion of the region’s urban population lives in inadequate, disaster-prone shelter, while the construction and utilization of conventional buildings in urban settings has an unfavorable environmental impact. To bring about transformational change, urban housing needs to become more inclusive, sustainable and scalable.
To tackle such a game changer, Hilti Foundation and UN ESCAP joined forces in 2012 to research and implement successful approaches for the introduction of affordable, eco-efficient and disaster-resilient building materials and housing concepts in urban contexts of Asia and the Pacific. Beyond providing environmental friendly and affordable housing to all income groups, especially the urban and peri-urban poor, the aim is to create sustainable livelihood opportunities for the poor, and to potentially introduce new income sources for organizations and individuals engaged in community-driven development.