4th IAHH International Student Design Competition 2006


The International Association for Humane Habitat (IAHH) is a voluntary
organization promoting the goals and objectives of evolving humane
habitat, through sustainable development, appropriate technology,
innovative design and multi-disciplinary approach to restructure
policies, programming, planning, design and management of conservation,
redevelopment and development of habitat.

IAHH has hosted three international student design competitions during
2002-05. The first IAHH student design competition focused on the issue
of housing for the urban poor. 37 entries were received from among 52
student teams who had registered for the competition from 15 different
countries. The second competition took up the subject of revitalization
of an urban area as a sustainable community. 28 entries were received
out of 51 student teams who had registered for the competition from 15
different countries. The third competition focused on the issue of
creating enlightening learning environments, 28 entries were received in
time for the jury. We do hope to receive more entries this time around!

Theme: Sustainable and Humane Work Places

We are living in an information and knowledge society, which is driven
by an intelligent and creative work force in different sectors of the
economy. Each country, region and urban area has developed programmes
for facilitating the provision of work opportunity to the respective
citizens. It is the ideal of all countries to have full employment, but
the reality leaves a lot to be desired. Places of work in human habitats
may be variously located, inter alia, in the historic cores or newer
urban nodes.

It is the purpose and intent of the competition to study such work place
nodes, which are undergoing transformation due to new technology and a
variety of development impulses. The participants shall undertake
surveys and analysis of such work place nodes and identify potential
developed / redeveloped to provide meaningful work opportunities in
different branches of the economy, excluding strictly industrial areas.
The surveys shall include the work places spanning commercial
facilities, formal and informal shopping, business parks, workshops and
studios, IT work centres, activity centres, cafes and food courts,
related public facilities and open spaces, access for people, vehicles
and goods, adequate parking places and communication facilities. The
competition brief does not include industrial work places, such as
factories and heavy manufacturing, which generally require a different
context in our habitats. Nonetheless, work place nodes may well include
small scale manufacturing.

The project brief shall focus on an urban node with a variety of work
places to provide diversity and a mosaic of different work cultures. It
shall be large enough to generate a work community of about 1000 people
and attract a much larger section of the urban population as users and
visitors. It should include a hierarchy of open spaces suitably
landscaped and provided with amenities for rest and repose of the
citizens to make the urban node come alive. It may include mixed land
use and provide some housing facilities and hotel and guest-house
accommodation in the vicinity. It should become an important public
place to make the city or town a more interesting living environment and
contribute to the shaping of an appropriate image of the city.

The site shall be sensitively serviced and landscaped ensuring its
sustainable development. The proposed design shall provide for safe and
secure pedestrian movement and provide adequate parking for cycles,
motorbikes, cars and buses. The architecture of the work places should
reflect humane concerns: it should make appropriate and intelligent
choices of materials and technologies and contribute to the development
of a sustainable and humane work place. The aim should be to evolve work
environments that will inspire and stimulate a quest for excellence.

International Jury:

Prof. Peter Schreibmayer, Austria;
Prof. Christopher Benninger, USA / India;
Dr. Ashraf Salama, Egypt / Saudi Arabia;
Dr. Parvin Ghaemmaghami, Iran and
Prof. Ashish Ganju, New Delhi


First Prize: Rs. 50,000/-
Second Prize: Rs. 25,000/-
Third Prize: Rs. 15,000/-

The Jury may award honourable mention to deserving entries without any
prize amount.

Submission Requirements

The design submission shall be presented on 6 A1 size drawings (or 3 AO
drawings), which shall include the following:

1. A maximum of two panels for contextual, social, economic and
environmental analysis, site analysis of an area or areas incorporating
separate sites measuring about 10 ha in total;

2. One A1 panel for proposed site development to scale of 1: 500 or
1:1000 for the work community;

3. Three A1 panels for innovative, appropriate and sustainable designs
for development of work places, including spaces for work and supporting
facilities, cultural, social and sports facilities for the work community;

4. A brief report identifying the context, analysis, concept, planning
and design approach of the proposal on not more than 10 A4 sheets in
Arial 10 font size, with illustrations and photographs;

5. The participants are required to send CDs containing the proposal
(including drawings and report, photos of models, etc.) for publication

The Jury may use these CDs in its deliberations. However, panel
submissions are required, the CDs on their own not being acceptable.


The Competition is open to all registered students of any nationally
recognized school, college or institutions of architecture, urban
design, planning, landscape design and environmental design. The team
may comprise members from any related discipline.

The student group shall be headed by a student of architecture / related
discipline with architectural undergraduate background. The participants
may be undergraduate, graduate, post graduate or doctoral students. The
participants may be individuals or a group of not more than 5 students.

The students shall fill in the registration form and airmail it along
with the supporting certificates from the head / director of the school
/ college / institution for each of the student participant.

Terms and Conditions

1. The participants shall assume a seven digit numerical code, which
shall be written in the right hand bottom corner of all the drawings in
9cm x 9 cm boxes.

2. A plain sealed envelope containing the copy of the registration form
with the name/s of the participants and the institution shall be
enclosed with the submission of entry. The seven-digit code shall be
written on top of the copy of the form as well as on the envelope.

3. The drawings shall be in black and white or colour and they shall be
prints. The drawings may be hand drawn or computer outputs. No original
drawing shall be sent, with the participants retaining the originals.

4. The documents shall be sent by airmail or courier, not by airfreight
company. The participants shall declare the submission as documents
without any commercial value. The participants shall bear the expenses
for its transhipment including taxes and any customs duty.

5. The drawing and design copyright shall be with the authors.

6. The IAHH shall have the rights to its publication and exhibition.

7. The drawings shall not be returned, as they shall be required for
travelling exhibition and publication.

8. IAHH may bring out a publication, documenting the award winning and
other significant projects. The winning projects may be published in
professional and institutional journals.

9. The jury shall have full freedom to decide on the awards and their
decision shall be final and binding on all the participants.

10. The IAHH guarantees a free and fair student design competition.


The student participants have to fill-in the attached registration form
and mail it along with the registration fees and a certificate of their
studentship from the Head of the Department / Institute / Faculty of
Architecture or related discipline, addressed to:

Convener, IAHH International Student Design Competition,
Rizvi College of Architecture, Off Carter Road,
Bandra West, Mumbai 400 050 INDIA.

Registration Fees and Deadlines

Foreign countries (except SAARC countries)
Early registration: US $ 25 up to November 15, 2005
Late registration:  US $ 50 up to January 24, 2006

Indian and SAARC countries
Early registration INRs 1250 up to November 15, 2005
Late registration  INRs 2500 up to January 24, 2006

Registration fee shall be paid by a banker’s cheque or through money
transfer in favour of "International Association for Humane Habitat A/C
” payable at Mumbai, India.


Announcement February 22, 2005
Queries: Up to January 1, 2006
Latest Submission: January 24, 2006
Jury : January 25 & 26, 2006
Awards Declaration: January 29, 2006
Exhibition: January 30- February 5, 2006
Publication of Document: December 15, 2006

For further particulars, please contact:

Prof. Akhtar Chauhan, Convener,
Prof. Anil Nagrath, Technical Co-coordinator,

IAHH International Student Design Competition Secretariat
Rizvi College of Architecture,
Off Carter Road, Bandra West, Mumbai 400050 INDIA
Tel: 91-22-26050624 /26044196 Fax: 91-22-26002744
Email: [email protected]
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