12th ISDC 2014


12TH IAHH International Student Design Competition

Theme: Affordable Housing for the Urban Poor and Evolving Sustainable Communities


The 12th IAHH International Student Design Competition (ISDC) shall focus on the theme of redevelopment of an urban community of the poor in an existing 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.

Site Selection and Analysis

The participants are required to select an urban community of the poor in their / any country and study the social, economic and environmental context of the community 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 and Design Brief

The proposal should include designs for affordable and sustainable housing, work places and social spaces for urban poor and underprivileged sections 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 redevelopment of the area through active and effective community participation into a high density, humane and sustainable community with related work spaces, shopping, social, health care, educational, recreational facilities and sustainable infrastructure.

b. The community shall have a target population (maximum) of 20,000-30,000 people. The exact density will depend on the specifics of the selected urban area.

c. The proposal should include urban design guidelines for redevelopment of the area into a humane and sustainable community, which could be used for such redevelopment in a given urban area or region.

d. The proposal should have detailed plans, sections, elevations and views of affordable housing units and work spaces of various sizes to suit different social groups.

e. It is important to have an ecological approach towards evolution of a humane architecture synthesising buildings, landscape and infrastructure into a sustainable community. It should be based on community participation, bio-climatic design, using eco-friendly materials and sustainable technologies, with innovative design and planning approaches.

Architecture should reflect the philosophy of the planning and design team and their critical approach towards the key issues of restructuring our towns and cities as humane habitats through people’s participation. The programme for humanizing our habitats shall include planning, designing, constructing, managing and participatory development processes.

The Jury

Prof.Ashish Ganju, New Delhi, India

Ar. Suresh Patel, Architect Planner, U.K.

Ar. Martina Spies, Vienna, Austria

(The jury is subject to their confirmation and possible change/addition.)

Submission Requirements

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 a town / city admeasuring about 10- 15 hectare showing its location in urban context along with photographs.
b. One A1 panel for proposed area re-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 10 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 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.

Terms and Conditions

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.


First Prize INRs. 75,000/-
Second Prize INRs. 25,000/-
Third Prize INRs. 15,000/-
Honorable Mentions: No cash prizes


Early Registration US $ 50  to be received by December 30, 2013
Late Registration US $ 75 Up to January 27, 2014
Queries December 30, 2013                                                                             

Latest date of receipt of submission at RCA, Mumbai January 27, 2014

Jury Jan 27-28, 2014.                                                                                                                          

Announcement of the result January 31, 2013

Contact details:

Prof. Akhtar Chauhan, Convener, ISDC 2014

Assoc. Prof. Anand Achari, Tech.Coordinator, ISDC 2014

IAHH International Student Design Competition,

ICHH 2014 Secretariat,

Rizvi College of Architecture,

Off Carter Road, Bandra West,

Mumbai, 400 050 INDIA

Tel: 91-22-26050624 / 2044196


Email:ichh2013@humanehabitat.org / ichh2013@gmail.com