16th ISDC 2018


16th IAHH International Student Design Competition 2018


INNOVATION AND HUMANE HABITAT: The Neighbourhood as the unit of planning for a Humane Habitat

The International Association for Humane Habitat (IAHH) is a voluntary organization
promoting the goals and objectives of evolving humane habitat. This is achieved
through sustainable development, appropriate technology, innovative design and
multidisciplinary approach to restructure policies, programming, planning and design
for conservation, redevelopment and development. IAHH has hosted fifteen
International Student Design Competitions since 2003 on various themes related to
sustainable, affordable, appropriate humane habitats.

IAHH is pleased to announce its Sixteenth International Student Design Compeition
on the theme Innovation and humane habitat: The Neighbourhood as the unit of
planning for a humane habitat. The competition is open to students of architecture,
planning, urban design, landscape architecture and related disciplines of
anthropology, sociology, economics, geography, social work etc.

Hosts and Associates:

Rizvi College of Architecture is hosting the 20th International Conference on Humane Habitat at Mumbai, India. The ICHH 2018 is being organized in association with the Council of Architecture, India; Commonwealth Association of Architects, UK.; World Society for Ekistics, Greece; National Institute of Advanced Studies in Architecture; Maharashtra Chapter of the Indian Institute of Architects; Maharashtra Association of Schools of Architecture; Practicing Architects, Engineers and Town Planners Association, Mumbai and the Forum of Colleges of Architecture, University of Mumbai.


INNOVATION AND HUMANE HABITAT: The Neighbourhood as the unit of
planning for a Humane Habitat

The world wide discussion on urban development over the last 100 years has focused on cities at scales increasing from small and medium towns to big cities and metropolis to ecumenopolis and urban regions. It has been very exciting to speculate on our urban future as an exercise in bigness or largeness.

The urban reality on the ground in this period has not been as exciting! As more and more people have  moved to live in cities, urban distress has increased in terms of homelessness, growth of slums, and environmental pollution. The ideal of a ‘humane habitat’ has become more and more difficult to realise. It is our proposition that human perception is best able to comprehend our habitat upto the scale of a Neighbourhood. As the urban unit gets larger it becomes removed from the anchor of human understanding, and we begin a series of speculations which ‘intoxicate’ our sense perception, but lead us to the inevitable aftermath of a ‘hangover’.

The current world wide distress caused by environmental degradation and planetary climate change is largely caused by the way we have built our cities in the last 150 years. This is the message coming from the international scientific community studying the phenomena linked with climate change. The neighbourhood is not just a spatial concept. There is a powerful social basis to the concept of neighbourhood. The competition seeks to explore the urban neighbourhood as the unit of planning to achieve a humane habitat. Competitors will need to first articulate the essential nature of the urban neighbourhood, its genesis in human understanding, its social reality, its environmental structure, its potential for providing opportunity for creative human exchange, and happiness, thereby making the planning process an exercise in predicating wholeness, and for generating and sustaining a humane habitat.

The competition scheme will:

1. Present the expression of the neighbourhood as a concept, as referred above.
2. Select a physical site in an urban location of your choice. The size of the site will be determined by the conceptual framework elaborated in item 1 above. All the relevant parameters of the site will be described, such as its history, its environmental reality, its potential for development, and a design vision.
3. Present a program for action to realise the design vision. This will be supported by drawings and images to describe the built environment, in terms of renewal and insertion of new institutions and structures, to facilitate health, education, security, mobility, and conviviality of the inhabitants in an equitable manner.
4. Present critical details of the proposed action in a time frame for implementing the scheme. The implementation program shall present the critical activities in a designed sequence within a time frame. Specifying limits and tolerances will clarify the range of possibilities inherent in the realisation of the design. It will also indicate the reliability of the program as a system which can be replicated.
5. Describe the possibilities of linkages of the unit neighbourhood design with other neighbourhoods. Explain with diagrams, drawings, and images the boundary conditions which will allow harmonisation between neighbourhoods of differing attributes and character within a region.


The design submission shall be presented on 6 A1 drawings / 3 A0 drawings which shall include:

a. 2 A1 panels for contextual, social, economic and environmental analysis, site analysis of the existing urban area in admeasuring about 5- 15 hectare showing its location in urban and regional 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 affordable housing and sustainable neighbourhood / community of about 5,000
– 15,000 people.

c. Three A1 panels for innovative designs for a humane neighbourhood and 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 ‘Affordable Housing’, ‘Humane’ and ‘Sustainable Neighbourhood’ 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 10 A4 sheets in Arial 10 font size with illustrations and

e. The participants are required to send a CD containing the drawings 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 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. The students shall fill in the registration form and air-mail it along with supporting certificates from the head / director of the school / college / institution for each of the student participant.


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

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 drawing shall be in black and white or colour and they shall be prints of the Originals. The drawings may be hand drawn or computer out puts. No original drawing shall be sent.

4. The documents shall be sent by airmail / courier and not by air-freight company. The participants shall bear the expenses for its transhipment including taxes if any.

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 award winning projects 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:

IAHH International Student Design Competition,I C H H 2 0 1 8 Secretariat

Registration fees to be paid by a banker’s cheque in favour of “Rizvi College of
Architecture Conference a/c” payable at Mumbai.

Contact details:

Prof. Akhtar Chauhan,

Ar. Mohin Merchant,
Technical Co-ordinator

IAHH International Student Design Competition,
ICHH 2018 Secretariat,
Rizvi College of Architecture,
Off Carter Road, Bandra West,
Mumbai, 400 050 INDIA
Tel: 91-22-26050624 / 2044196
Email: contact@humanehabitat.org