14th IAHH International Student Design Competition 2016
Theme: Design of an affordable house which sustains community life in an urban neighbourhood in an existing town.
Keywords: affordable housing, green building, humane neighbourhood, sustainable development
The International Association for Humane Habitat is pleased to announce the 14th IAHH International Student Design Competition 2016. The theme of the competition is to design an affordable house which when built in an existing town or a city, it sustains community life in an urban neighbourhood. The competition shall be hosted by Rizvi College of Architecture.
Numerous design competitions regularly seek well designed affordable housing that is humane and sustainable at various scales. Only a handful of these competitions are truly successful. Very often student competitions go off-course and become grandiose statements of design that are incapable of being built or they make polemical statements that far exceed the scope. Others have resulted in very mundane design solutions that if built would be found to be alienating. And some are outright kitsch
The challenge in this year’s IAHH competition is simple: design an environmentally thoughtful, affordable, sustainable and humane house that can be built in an urban settlement. The house requires to be easily adaptable to other sites in the area. The resultant design would be catalytic for the neighborhood, one that the community would embrace and own; and serve as a model for others seeking to do the same.
Each team would design a family home with a total floor area of less than 100 sq.mt. The home must contain living, cooking, storing, sleeping spaces with bathrooms and toilets. The home should also have a semi-public space that interacts with the street/site and neighboring homes. The typology and design of this public space shall draw inspiration from the surrounding social and cultural pointers and accentuate the interplay in creating a "shared" neighborhood space and blur the transition between the outside and the inside.
The design needs to be conceived as a model that can serve as a guide to others, while keeping the local or regional environmental relationships as a constant. that can be replicated on different sites within the same neighborhood
1.3 Sustainable and Humane Design
The home must incorporate both active and passive green design components.
Passive components are those elements that are integral to the basic design and construction of a home-items such as window placement, building orientation, or the efficient use of materials-and do not require any independent mechanical/electrical systems or significant financial trade-offs to realize. Active green components are those elements that are largely autonomous systems and require expenditures above and beyond the base costs of constructing the house, such as a geothermal heating and cooling system, a windmill, or solar panels.
A partial list of green design components to think about includes: green roofs, solar energy, water reclamation, super insulation, air circulation, water usage, recycling, heat gain, eliminating runoff, xeriscaping, use of local materials, harnessing the wind, temperature extremes, energy consumption, life-cycle costs, long-term maintenance, and natural illumination. In an ideal world, the home would produce more energy than it consumed.
The proposed house, and its technology, should be so well-designed that they are embraced not just by the resident, but by the entire community as a valuable addition to the neighborhood. The proportion of people to activities is the designers’ choice.
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 area and identify a site approximately admeasuring 3-5 ha. The analysis should be used to develop a planning and design brief for addressing the demands of a evolving a vibrant and humane neighbourhood in specific urban context.
Planning and Design Brief
The proposal should include designs 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 neighbourhood and sustainable community with related shopping, social, health care, educational, recreational facilities and sustainable infrastructure. The exact density of the neighbourhood will depend on the specifics of the selected town / city.
b. The proposal should have detailed plans, sections, elevations and views of houses of various sizes to suit different income and social groups and supporting educational, cultural, health, sports facilities, local shopping and work-places.
c. 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.
d. 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 their critical approach towards sustainable urban development and re-inventing our towns and cities as humane habitats through 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.
Dr.. Peter Schreibmayer, Graz, Austria
Prof. Ashish Ganju, Architect, New Delhi
Ar. Martina Spies, Architect, Vienna, Austria
Ar. Biju Kuriakose, Architect-Urban Designer, Chennai, India
Dr.. Parvin Ghaemmaghami, Toronto, Canada
The Jury is subject to their confirmation and change.
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 2-3 hectare showing its location in urban context along with photographs.
b. One A1 panel for proposed development to the scale of 1:500 / for a sustainable neighbourhood development with supporting local shopping, social, educational ( kindergarten and nursery) and recreational facilities.
c. Three A1 panels for innovative designs for a sustainable neighbourhood 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 transshipment 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.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, 2015
Late Registration US $ 75 Up to February 2, 2016
Queries December 30, 2016
Latest date of receipt of submission at RCA, Mumbai February 5, 2016
Jury February 6-7, 2016..
Announcement of the result February 7, 2016
Prof. Akhtar Chauhan, Convener, ISDC 2016
Prof. Anand Achari, Tech. Coordinator, ISDC 2016
IAHH International Student Design Competition,
ICHH 2016 Secretariat,
Rizvi College of Architecture,
Off Carter Road, Bandra West,
Mumbai, 400 050 INDIA
Tel: 91-22-26050624 / 2044196