13TH IAHH International Student Design Competition (ISDC)

What: The 13th IAHH International Student Design Competition (ISDC) shall focus on the theme of development of a locality on the periphery of an existing town or a city with an aim to transform the area into a vibrant humane and sustainable community through innovative planning, design and construction which addresses the key issue of evolving sustainable humane habitats in harmony with its natural setting and socio-cultural environment in the regional context.

The International Association for Humane Habitat (IAHH) is a voluntary non-governmental organization of concerned professionals and citizens based in Mumbai, India and networking with architects, institutions and universities all over the world. The International Conference on Humane Habitat (ICHH) is held annually in association with the Commonwealth Association of Architects, the Brihan Mumbai Centre of the Indian Institute of Architects and the Forum of Colleges of Architecture affiliated to the University of Mumbai, India. The 17th Internatonal Conference on Humane Habitat (ICHH) will be held from January 31 – February 2, 2015 in Mumbai, India.

Site Selection and Analysis
The participants are required to select a locality or an area in their / any country well connected by public transportation systems and study the social, economic and environmental context of the region and identify a site approximately admeasuring 10-15 ha. The analysis should be used to develop a planning and design brief for addressing the demands of a projected population over a period of 20-25 years.

Planning & Design Brief
The proposal should include designs for affordable and sustainable housing for different income and social groups, as found from the analysis of the area and supporting facilities and services.

a. The proposal should present a strategic plan for development of the area into a compact, humane and sustainable community with related shopping, social, health care, educational, recreational facilities and sustainable infrastructure. The community shall have a target population 10,000 (minimum) to 20,000-30,000 (maximum) people. The exact density will depend on the specifics of the selected town / city.

b. The proposal should include guidelines for affordable housing, urban design, landscape design and transportation and infrastructure development of the area into a humane and sustainable community, which could be used for urban development in a regional context.

c. The proposal should have detailed plans, sections, elevations and views of affordable housing units of various sizes to suit different income and social groups and supporting educational, cultural, health, sports facilities, local shopping and work-places.

d. It is important to have an ecological approach towards evolution of a humane architecture synthesising buildings, landscape design of public places, promenades, squares, gardens and parks, conservation of natural features such as water bodies and channels, pedestrian friendly mobility, barrier free-universal design and appropriate transportation and infrastructure into a sustainable community.

e. It should be based on bio-climatic design, using eco-friendly materials and technologies, with innovative design and planning approaches to evolve sustainable living environment.

Architecture should reflect the philosophy of the planning and design team and critical approach towards the key issues of sustainable urban development and re-inventing our towns and cities as humane habitats. The humanizing our habitats shall include planning, designing, constructing, managing development processes aimed at promoting good health, safety, peace, harmony, sustainable development, greater equality and citizen participation symbolic of the spirit of 21th century.

Submission Requirements
The design submission shall be presented on six A1 drawings / three A0 drawings which shall include:
a. 2 A1 panels for contextual, social, economic and environmental analysis, site analysis of the existing urban area in a town or a city measuring about 10- 15 hectare showing its location in urban context along with photographs.
b. One A1 panel for proposed area development to the scale of 1:500 / 1: 1000, for a sustainable area development of mixed zoning, affordable housing and sustainable community development.
c. Three A1 panels for innovative designs for a sustainable community with affordable housing and related shopping and supporting public, social, cultural, educational, health-care and recreational facilities to a scale of 1:100 / 1:200
d. Participants should list in no more than 150 words the five most important architectural criteria that they used to define the ‘Humane’ contribution made by their scheme in a brief report identifying the context, analysis, concept, planning and design approach of the proposal on not more than ten A4 sheets in Arial 10 font size with illustrations and photographs.
e. The participants may send CDs containing the drawing and report for publication purposes. These CDs may be used by the Jury for consideration of the Awards. However, the drawings must be submitted. It may be noted that CDs alone will not be accepted.

The Jury
Prof. Frank Lyons, Architect-Educator, Bristol, U.K.
Dr. Pravin Ghaemmaghami, Architect-Urban Designer, Toronto, Canada
Martina Spies, Architect, Vienna, Austria
Biju Kuriakose, Architect-Urban Designer, Chennai, India

The competition is open to all registered undergraduate / post graduate / doctoral students of any nationally recognized school, college or institution of architecture, engineering, planning, urban design, landscape design, environmental design and related disciplines of anthropology, sociology, economics, geography, social work, etc. The student group shall be headed by a student of architecture. The participants may be individuals or a group of not more than 5 students.

First Prize INR 1,00,000/-
Second Prize INR 50,000/-
Third Prize INR 25,000/-
Honorable Mentions: No cash prizes

Early Registration: US $ 50  to be received by December 30, 2014
Late Registration: US $ 75 Up to January 28, 2015
Queries: December 30, 2014                                                             Latest date of receipt of submission at RCA, Mumbai: January 28, 2015
Jury: Jan 29-30, 2015.                                                                       Announcement of the result February 2, 2015

Contact Details:
Prof. Akhtar Chauhan, Convener, ISDC 2015
Prof. Anand Achari, Tech.Coordinator, ISDC 2015
IAHH International Student Design Competition,
ICHH 2015 Secretariat,
Rizvi College of Architecture,
Off Carter Road, Bandra West,
Mumbai, 400 050 INDIA
T: 91-22-26050624 / 2044196
E: contact@humanehabitat.org

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