Open Call: Architecture Through Re-purpose

In a world that has always taken nature without any consideration and humans have exploited the world , we as Architects have a serious role to play on multiple fronts, to reverse the approaching catastrophe. As sensitive professionals, we cannot divorce ourselves from social and environmental exigencies. within the past architects have nearly always laid the larger specialise in building envelope, active and passive energy systems, pure aesthetics or short-term economics of materials.

The latter has not been studied with reference to future gains and have remained at experimental levels in small sporadic pockets across the world .

Building materials though are omnipresent. they create up the spaces during which we live, work, study, recover and commute, they create our villages, our cities and our built environment. they need social, cultural, moral and environmental implications and sometimes subconsciously control our behavioral patterns and reactions to an area .

According to International Bank for Reconstruction and Development researchers, the planet is generating a minimum of 3.5 million plenty of plastic and other solid waste per day, 10 times the quantity a century ago.

Over the years several experimental technologies are developed to make buildings that are sustainable, eco-friendly and assisted within the upliftment of the community.

One such example may be a floating school within the former fishing village of Makoko, Nigeria that was conceptualized as a solution to the region’s frequent floods. Designed by NLÉ, a firm founded by Nigerian-born architect Kunlé Adeyemi, the Makoko Floating School may be a prototype that would be applied to other areas in Africa that face infrastructural and social challenges thanks to global climate change . It uses renewable energy from a solar panelled roof, recycles organic waste and harvests rainwater. the varsity is made using local help with sixteen recycled empty plastic barrels as buoys and indigenous bamboo because the framework. the varsity can now cater to those students, who were previously denied education thanks to frequent flooding. It can hold 60 to 100 students and is made with a particular 3 storey triangular form that gives stability and balance in heavy winds. The structure also can be adapted for community events, clinics, markets and social gatherings.

This year’s IDC 2020 focusses on these issues and seeks to look at the place and use of discarded and recycled materials in architecture, at an equivalent time keeping in mind community spirit and aspirations of the top users. With its 7th edition IDC wishes to encourage the utilization of discarded or recycled materials that are endemic to the world thanks to a prevalent industry or lifestyle. Few of the materials that are currently being explored and propagated as building materials on similar pretexts is Ferrock, which uses wasted steel dust from the industry to make stronger concrete. Similarly, wooden pallets are often wont to create homes in areas where goods are packaged or around docks.

Plastic bricks even have several significant advantages over conventional bricks – they’re thinner and lighter, have insulating properties which are 5 times quite that of ordinary bricks, and are even as strong. They’re also great at insulating against noise and it only takes 20 bottles on the average to form one brick. Each brick helps rid the planet of discarded plastic and is cheaper and more fuel efficient to manufacture than conventional bricks. it is also less energy intensive than recycling the plastic into other forms.

The Design Challenge:

This year’s design challenge involves the utilization of sustainable strategies produced using discarded or recycled materials. Participants got to identify a neighborhood where the supply of discarded material or solid waste is high. the fabric is then wont to propose a structure for the area people which will take into cognizance their immediate needs and encourage the mixing of the society as an entire . The proposed structure maybe housing units that provide dignity of living standards, a faculty a community hall or the other public facility.

Entries are going to be judged on the innovative use of the fabric , within the response to the necessity of the community and therefore the final resolution proposed within the design. the planning must exhibit a sensitivity towards the environment and will address the ecology of the world at various levels. in any case as architects we believe the Robert Swan, that “The greatest threat to our planet is that the belief that somebody else will reserve it .”


Online Registration of entries on our website
Registration closes on: OCTOBER 31ST, 2020

Last Date for online submission of entries is NOVEMBER 07th, 2020.
All Submissions shall be made in PDF or JPEG format only.
Submissions shall be made only through the unique USER ID generated after registering on our website.

IDC Jury – 08TH – 30TH NOVEMBER 2020

Results shall be declared on December 03RD, 2020.
SITE: Participants shall intervene on a site in the urban/rural and geographical context of their choice.

The proposed design intervention could be ranging from built form and landscape to urban renewal and systems. If the chosen intervention fits the scope of the brief, the participants are encouraged to think on multiple scales.

Certificates and prize amount as follows
• 1st Place: INR 1,00,000/-
• 2nd Place: INR 50,000/-
• 3rd Place INR 30,000/-
Citations: Certificates shall be awarded to 4 Exemplary entries.

• Your reasons for the proposed intervention.
• The process & method of design.
Representation of Ideas:
• Participants can choose the adequate drawing scale to communicate their design scheme effectively.
• They can provide any number of Architectural drawings enough to describe the scheme.
• Pictures of Scaled Models, Computer generated 3D-Views, Renders, etc.
• Diagrams, hand-made sketches and other Representational material.

• Submit (Upload) your entries Up to 3 nos. of A2 size sheets, not exceeding an overall file size of 21MB with the submission specifications duly complied.
• A bonafide certificate from your College/ University/ Institute certifying your admission (NOT exceeding a file size of 1 MB)
• All participant teams shall be given a Unique IDC code that you shall have to put in all your deliverables.

TEAMS: Participating Teams shall comprise of a maximum of 5 students and a minimum of 1 student.
• After the receipt of all entries by the stipulated deadline, 50 entries will be selected in round 1 by the review team of ACA.
• Each jury member will be sent 10 entries for evaluation, from which they will choose the best 3.
• The best 3 entries from each of the 5 jurors will form the top 15 entries
• These 15 entries will then be sent to the entire panel for a joint evaluation, moderated by ACA where the final 3 winners will be decided on a joint consensus
• Official Declaration of the 3 winners.

Copyright for all material received as part of the competition, its publication and for the reproduction of content shall be solely with ACA. All the entries will be the property of ACA.

Download the information related to this competition here.

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