13th ISDC 2015


13TH IAHH International Student Design Competition


Development of a sustainable urban community on the periphery of an existing town / city


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.

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 and 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.

The Jury

Prof. Frank Lyons, Architect-Educator, Bristol, U.K.

Dr. Pravin Ghaemmaghami, Architect-Urban Designer, Toronto, Canada

Ar. Martina Spies, Architect, Vienna, Austria

Ar. Biju Kuriakose, Architect-Urban Designer, Chennai, India

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

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 or a city admeasuring 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 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. The documents shall be declared as having no commercial value as they are sent for an international student design competition.
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.1,00,000/-
Second Prize INRs.50,000/-
Third Prize INRs.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

Tel: 91-22-26050624 / 2044196


Email: contact@humanehabitat.org