Liveable Spaces for NoWhere People

From No Where to Now Here

Advancing Design +> Technology


Liveable Spaces for NoWhere People

From No Where to Now Here

Advancing Design +> Technology

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Liveable spaces for the NoWhere people

The pandemic which is on the rise around the world since the end of February 2020 brought on the imposition of a sudden and stringent lockdown in March in our country. In the initial months, the mass exodus of migrants took center-stage. With their aggravated socio-economic situation and lack of decent living conditions, their stories of suffering became the face of the Indian cities.


The need for liveable spaces for migrant workers and their families is now more important than ever. We are looking for solutions which are human-centric, with specific design solutions to promote dignity, security and safety of all such nomadic residents. 


Do you have ideas that could bring about a change?


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Results Announced

Congratulations to all the winners & participants for the well deserved success.

DesignAddvance and Capricot Congratulate you!
We wishes all the best for all your future ventures. 


Designaddvance, an initiative by Capricot Technologies in association with Autodesk India and Ethos, aims to be a platform for the exchange of ideas among architects, designers and students. 


We would like to bring forth a theme every year and invite architecture and design students to share ideas -how would you make the world a better place? This is an opportunity for you to show us your skill and understanding. Join us on this journey as we collaborate with architects from Indian and Global design offices to bring to you opportunities to interact with them and hone your skills. 


Technology has transformed both the processes and the end-products in architecture. With its continuous evolution, we now have tools that enable us to design and build more efficiently than before. Ideas now flow from the mind to the paper onto the site with greater ease. Designaddvance seeks to find ways to put technology to optimal use as we imagine sustainable, efficient and humane design ideas for the theme every year.

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Liveable Spaces for the NoWhere People

As the world is slowly reopening, easing lockdown measures, everyone is adapting to the ‘new normal’, as we now call it. The pandemic has imposed major changes to our work and lifestyles, altering our views and priorities. While we cannot foresee the future, we can definitely say that the modifications brought about due to this pandemic are here to stay for longer.

This is a call for interventions to design shelter spaces that are adaptable, resilient, and innovative.

On a micro level, deliver a design that conforms to the idea of a sustainable shelter unit. The competition also pushes forth the idea to explore community spaces within clusters of shelter units on a macro level - schools, training units, social gathering spaces, or any other program that seems to fit with the design idea to make the lives of the residents significantly better.

Whether you choose to work on a bottom-up or a top-down approach for the workflow on the site, explore the design process on the Autodesk BIM Platform - Revit. You may choose to use auxiliary softwares like Formit, Insight, Dynamo, and others in the development and representation of the design proposal

The need for liveable shelter spaces for migrant workers and their families is now more important than ever. Identify the types of migrant workers you would be designing for - domestic helpers, street hawkers, sanitation workers, taxi/cab drivers, construction labourers, etc or even a combination of the groups. Empathize with the user group/s and understand the program of the design intervention. The approach to the process needs to be human-centric, with specific design solutions to promote dignity, security and safety of all the residents. Key points to consider would be the mental health impact of the design, safety of the women and children, inclusiveness of all groups, universal access, and also the modularity of shelter units - which allow for personalisation by the residents. The temporality of the need as may be the case would also need to be designed for.

The design focus of the shelter needs to be on sustainability. With architects and designers realizing the importance of resilience in structures, smart solutions that integrate services like water supply and electricity with the overall design will be preferred. The fast-paced changes in technology and lifestyles have also brought about a significant need for change in the current design formats on micro and macro levels.

The design process needs to adopt a holistic approach, taking in all the tangibles and intangibles while integrating them into a cohesive and effective solution. Such real-time holistic approaches are usually implemented from multiple standpoints at the same time: the users, the location, the function, the budget, the structures, the materials.

Meet The Jury

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Prof. [Dr.] R. Chandrashekhar

Chairman, IGBC

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Ar. Raman Sikka

Associate Principal Architect,

Sikka Architects

Ar. Manu Gupta



Ar. Sudipto Ghosh


S. Ghosh & Associates

Ar. Kamal Sagar


Total Environment

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A maximum of two members per team is permissible.


The members of the team can belong to the same or different academic years, colleges and courses of undergraduate or postgraduate disciplines that broadly fall under the category of Architecture and Design.



● Cash Prizes for the top three winners:

1st: Rs 75,000/- ; 2nd: Rs. 50,000/- ; 3rd: Rs. 25,000/-


● Top 10 entries to be published as a Book/Journal.


● Top 10 winners will get free entry to BIM for Design Implementation Program for Architects worth Rs 50,000/-


● All participants who have submitted the entries will get a discount voucher of 40% on the BIM for Design Course.


● Placement Assistance for participants.


● E - Certificates for all attendees of the workshop.


● E - Certificates for all participants who have submitted competition entries.

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● A statement defining the problem, context and the choice of site in one A4 sheet as a pdf.


● 5-7 Graphical Slides in 16:9 ratio, with the design process and the drawings (plans, elevations, sections and views) in a suitable graphical scale.


● Acknowledgment of references used for case studies and design ideas that have been adapted from sources. All entries shall be scrutinized for evidence of plagiarism.

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