15th ISDC 2017


IAHH International Student Design Competition 2017


Affordable and Sustainable Housing for All

World Habitat Day 2016 was celebrated on 3rd October 2016 world over with the theme Housing at the Centre.

In his message on World Habitat Day, UN Secretary-GeneraI Mr. Ban Ki-moon urged “national and local governments, city planners and communities everywhere to keep Housing at the Centre”.  He pointed out that Guaranteeing dignity and opportunity for all depends on people having access to affordable and adequate housing.  The Theme of the 15th IAHH International Student Design Competition shall focus on the key issue of planning and designing Affordable and Sustainable Housing for All.

Hosts and Associates:

Rizvi College of Architecture is hosting the 19th International Conference on Humane Habitat at Mumbai, India. The ICHH 2017 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.

The Theme:

The student competitors are required to select a project of developing a new urban community of 6,000 to 12,000 people in an urban context in a country of their residence or choice. The project shall focus on providing affordable housing to new migrants or refugees.

The site should admeasure about 10-15 ha. It should be accessible by an existing or proposed public transport system (busway / tramway/ railway). The proposed housing should be located near to work-centres such as agro-industry or industrial or business park or IT park. It shall cater to various income and social groups to provide diversity and a vibrant social life.

The focus shall be evolve plans and designs of housing units, groups and clusters that respond to the climate and culture of the place. It should be affordable and sustainable. Areas for each housing type shall be decided by competitors in local context.

It shall include facilities such as Kindergarten, Primary school, play grounds, gardens, youth centre, community centre, resource centre. It shall have a shopping centre / street with a range of shops / departmental stores to provide daily necessities for the community. It shall have a primary health-care centre / dispensaries, bank / ATM centres, repair shops / workshops, recreation club and cafes.

In order to make the community unique, the planning and design shall incorporate appropriate, sustainable and innovative ideas and green technologies to provide a more humane environment to live in.

The competitors shall study existing communities in the vicinity, present a socio-cultural, economic and environmental context. They will undertake a site analysis and present their concepts and ideas of evolving a humane and sustainable new urban community.

The competitors shall refer to existing housing and urban development policies, programmes and projects of their respective national / state / local governments for facilitating affordable and sustainable housing in their areas or regions.

The competitors will suggest improvements and changes in the policies, programmes and bye laws / rules and regulations to promote affordable and sustainable housing.

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 small town 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 affordable housing and sustainable community.
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 ‘Affordable’,  ‘Humane’ and ‘Sustainable’ 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.


Jury shall consist of members of the IAHH, international experts and educators. The details shall be announced soon.


First Prize INRs.1,50,000/-
Second Prize INRs.75,000/-
Third Prize INRs. 50,000/-
Honorable Mentions: No cash prizes


  • Early Registration US $ 50  to be received by December 30, 2016
  • Late Registration US $ 70 Up to January 29, 2017
  • Queries December 30, 2011
  • Latest date of receipt of submission at RCA, Mumbai January 29, 2017
  • Jury Jan 30-31, 2017.
  • Announcement of the result February 3, 2017


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:


Contact details:

Prof. Akhtar Chauhan, Convener,

Ar. Mohin Merchant, Technical Co-ordinator

IAHH International Student Design Competition,

ICHH 2017 Secretariat,

Rizvi College of Architecture,

Off Carter Road, Bandra West,

Mumbai, 400 050 INDIA

Tel: 91-22-26050624 / 2044196


Email:ichh2017@humanehabitat.org / ichh2017@gmail.com