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Urban October is an opportunity for everyone to be part of the conversation about the challenges and opportunities created by the fast rate of change in our cities and towns. The month begins with World Habitat Day on the first Monday of the month, the 2022 theme of which is 'Mind the Gap. Leave No One and No Place Behind'. It ends with World Cities Day on the last day of the month, the 2022 theme of which is 'Act Local to Go Global'. Throughout this month we will feature material from our digital library that highlights the challenges face by increasingly urbanized societies around the globe.

This year Urban October follows the announcement of the recipients in the 15th Cycle of the Aga Khan Award for Architecture, a triennial prize that very often goes to projects that seek to minimize inequality in developing nations, and "that not only provide for people's physical, social and economic needs, but that also stimulate and respond to their cultural expectations. Particular attention is given to building schemes that use local resources and appropriate technology in innovative ways, and to projects likely to inspire similar efforts elsewhere." As such, the Award embodies the theme of acting local in order to go global.

15th Cycle: 2020-2022 - Aga Khan Award for Architecture Recipients
Cities as Built and Lived Environments: Scholarship from Muslim Contexts, 1875-2011
Designing in Islamic Cultures 2: Urban Housing
Housing: Process and Physical Form
Public Housing and Community Development: The Singapore Experience
Architecture and Community
The Architecture of Housing
Designing in Islamic Cultures 5: Large Housing Projects
Bridging Outdoor and Indoor Environmental Simulation for Assessing and Aiding Sustainable Urban Neighbourhood Design
2022 Aga Khan Award for Architecture Winners Video
Urban Conservation and Sustainable Development in the Middle East
Water for Life... The Water and Sanitation Extension Programme (WASEP)
Aranya Community Housing
Indore, India
Teachers' Houses
Gando, Burkina Faso
Reconstruction of Nahr el-Bared Refugee Camp
Nahr el-Bared, Lebanon
Adaptable Individual Housing
Laâyoune, Western Sahara
Vernacular Housing of Urumqi
Urumqi, China
Self-built Urban Housing
Tunis, Tunisia
Dar Lamane Housing Community
Casablanca, Morocco
B2 House
Büyükhüsun, Turkey
SRDU: Capacity Building for Rural Housing
Gubrie, Ethiopia
Sustainable Incremental Construction Unit
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Mayotte Social Housing
Various locations, Mayotte
Social Housing
Vranje, Serbia