7th ISDC 2009

7TH IAHH international Student Design Competition 2009

SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT AND REVITALIZATION OF TRANSIT HUBS

Invitation

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 six 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. Last year we received 90 entries from 20 countries!

IAHH is pleased to announce its Seventh International Student Design Competition on the theme of sustainable development and revitalization of transit hubs. 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 11th International Conference on Humane Habitat at Mumbai, India. The ICHH 2009 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. Frank Lyons, Architect, Plymouth, U.K.
  • Dr. Ashraf M. Salama, Queen’s University Belfast, Northern Ireland, U.K./Egypt
  • Prof. Anna Rubbo, University of Sydney, Australia
  • Prof. Muktirajsinhji Chauhan, CEPT University, India / Toronto, Canada.
  • Prof. Pushkar Kanvinde, NIASA, Pune, India

Theme

The cities are being transformed rapidly with new economic development in different sectors of economy such as Information Technology and Services. While on one side it has led to mushrooming of shopping malls and multiplexes on the other side the areas around transit hubs have been neglected. The old city centers, suburban and district centers around transit hubs call for urgent attention of architects, planners and policy makers.

The 7th IAHH International Student Design Competition shall focus on the issue of development and revitalization of areas around transit hubs. As the price of petroleum products continue to rise, the importance of public transportation systems becomes more critical for the very survival of urban centers and urban agglomerations. The areas around transit hubs usually provide a number of jobs in various businesses and commercial firms. They also act as city centers or district centers with varied shopping facilities, formal and informal markets, a whole range of services and supporting small-scale workshops. The areas around transit hubs also attract educational and cultural institutions as well as entertainment facilities. While many traditional cities provided adequate urban spaces as small and large squares and were surrounded by important open spaces in the form of gardens and parks, many of the contemporary cities lack such civic facilities.

It is the purpose of the competition to identify areas around transit hubs in towns and cities, survey and study these areas, identify the issues and problems in revitalization, conservation and redevelopment of such areas through appropriate, creative and innovative planning and design for development of sustainable humane habitats.

Site Selection and Analysis
The student competitors are required to identify such a transit hub area within or on the fringe of a city / town, in their own country or in any other country anywhere in the world. The transit hub area may admeasure about 10 to 20 hectares or so. Around a transit facility such as metro / railway / busway / tramway interchange or terminus. 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 transit oriented area development, which may emerge as a revitalized city / district centre.

Planning and Design Brief
The design brief for transit area development shall focus on sustainable development of area around transit hub, providing affordable public transportation facilities and mixed use development. It shall include urban design for the area including planning and design for an urban community of 500 to 2000 units of dwelling and about 250 to1000 or more jobs in different establishments and work communities suited to location and urban context.

The housing typology and nature of work places in commercial, business, shopping facilities 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 work-places and housing in the area. It shall also include related cultural and educational facilities. The design shall provide for a network of public squares, open spaces and pedestrian paths well integrated with landscape and urban design. It shall provide adequate parking facilities and related services. The project should meet its own energy needs, complete waste (solid, sewage, waste water) recycling and safe disposal.

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 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 transit hub area admeasuring about 10 to 20 hectare showing its location in urban / metropolitan context along with photographs.
b. One A1 panel for proposed area development to the scale of 1:500 / 1: 1000, for revitalization of transit hub area.
c. Three A1 panels for innovative designs for transit facilities, 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.

Eligibility

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 honourable mentions and their decision shall be final and binding on all the participants.
10. The IAHH guarantees a free and fair student design competition.

AWARDS

First Prize INRs. 75,000/-

Second Prize INRs. 50,000/-

Third Prize INRs. 25,000/-

Max. 5 Honourable Mentions without any cash prizes shall be given

Deadlines:

Early Registration US $ 50 to be received by November 30, 2008

Late Registration US $ 75 Up to January 15, 2009

Queries December 30, 2008

Final Date for Submission of Entries: Jan 25, 2009.

Jury January 27-28, 2009

Awards Declaration January 31, 2009

Publication of Document August 15, 2009

For further particulars, please contact:
Prof. Akhtar Chauhan, Convener,
Prof. Anil Nagrath, Technical Co-ordinator,
Secretariat
IAHH International Student Design Competition
Rizvi College of Architecture,
Off Carter Road, Bandra West,
Mumbai 400 050, INDIA

Tel:clip_image00191-22-26044196

Fax:91-22-26050624

E mail: ichh2009@humanehabitat.org

Website: http://www.humanehabitat.org

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