6th ISDC 2008


Planning and designing a micro-cosmic sustainable humane habitat.


The International Association for Humane Habitat (IAHH) is a voluntary organization promoting the goals and objectives of evolving humane habitat, 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 five International Student Design Competitions since 2003 on various themes related to sustainable, affordable, appropriate humane habitats. On an average 50 entries are received from about 15 different countries.

IAHH is pleased to announce its sixth International Student Design Competition on the theme of planning and designing a micro-cosmic sustainable urban / rural 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 10th International Conference on Humane Habitat at Mumbai, India. The ICHH 2008 is being organized in association with the Council of Architecture, India; Brihan Mumbai Centre of the Indian Institute of Architects; Maharashtra Association of Schools of Architecture; Indian Association of Schools of Architecture; the Forum of Colleges of Architecture, University of Mumbai and The Commonwealth Association of Architects, UK.

The Jury

The Jury shall consist of:

  • Prof. Peter Rowe, Harvard University, USA.
  • Prof. Frank Lyons, Architect, University of Plymouth, U.K.
  • Prof. Rodney Harber, University of Natal, South Africa.
  • Prof. Dr. Ashraf Salama, Qatar University, Qatar.
  • Prof. Neelkanth Chhaya, CEPT, Ahmedabad, India.


In the wake of globalization and liberalization of world economic order, the human settlements – cities and villages – are undergoing a rapid transformation. While the urban growth continues guided by policies and programmes of urban development, there are vast areas in the urban core, periphery and hinterland, which have become economically and socially depressed, with dilapidated housing stock, congested work places and degraded environment.

It is the purpose of the sixth IAHH International Student Design Competition to investigate into this issue of rapid urbanization and resultant decay and degradation of human settlements in the urban core, periphery and hinterland
in order to evolve a more enlightened approach to planning, design and management of humane habitats.

Site Selection and Analysis
The student competitors are required to identify such an area in a village / city / town / metropolis in their own country or in any other country anywhere in the world. The community may be about 1500 to 3000 people, with jobs for 500 or more people. The urban / rural area may admeasure about 5 to10 hectares or so. The student participants shall survey and study the area in depth to understand the complexity of social, economic and demographic issues involved and plan and design for its sustainable area development.

Planning and Design Brief
The design-brief requires planning and design for an urban or rural community of 500 to 1000 units of dwelling and about 250 to 500 or more jobs in different establishment suited to the location and context. The housing typology and nature of work places may vary as per the social, cultural, economic and environmental context. The area and type of housing units and work places shall depend on the existing and proposed density, demand for housing and work- places in the area.

The proposed plans and designs shall aim to evolve a more humane community through sustainable and affordable development strategy, appropriate construction and technology, innovative planning, creative architectural and sustainable environmental design. These shall be the main criteria for evaluation of the projects.

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 admeasuring about 10 hectare showing its location in urban / rural context along with photographs.
b. One A1 panel for proposed area development to the scale of 1:500 /
1: 1000, for a community of about 1500 to 3000 people.
c. Three A1 panels for innovative designs for housing, work places and related shopping and supporting social, educational, health-care and recreational facilities to a scale of 1:100 / 1:200
d. 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 traveling 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. 50,000/-

Second Prize INRs. 25,000/-

Third Prize INRs. 15,000/-

Honorable Mentions : No cash prizes


Early Registration US $ 25  to be received by November 30, 2007

Late Registration US $ 50 Up to January 15, 2008

Queries December 30, 2007

Final Date for Submission of Entries: Jan 22, 2008. 

Jury January 23-24, 2008

Awards Declaration January 27, 2008

Publication of Document June 15, 2008

For further particulars, please contact:
Prof. Akhtar Chauhan, Convener,
Prof. Anil Nagrath, Technical Co-ordinator,
IAHH International Student Design Competition
Rizvi College of Architecture,
Off Carter Road, Bandra West,
Mumbai 400 050, INDIA
Tel: 91-22-26044196 Fax:91-22-26050624
E mail: ichh2008@humanehabitat.org
Website: http://www.humanehabitat.org

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