streets for people

Call for Ideas: City-led Design Competition

Submission: February 21, 2021
Registration: December 17, 2020
Language: English
Location: India
Prizes: Please see details below
Type: Open


The Streets for People Challenge is an initiative of the Smart Cities Mission of the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs and ITDP India Programme. The Challenge inspires cities to reimagine their streets as public spaces through the lens of economic regeneration, safety, and child-friendly interventions, in order to ensure a green recovery from COVID-19. So far, 113 Indian cities have registered for the Challenge.

As part of Stage 1 of the Challenge, registered cities will launch a CITY-LED DESIGN COMPETITION.The competition aims to crowdsource innovative ideas for designing and testing pilot interventions through quick, low-cost, and innovative solutions.
The competition briefs from the cities will include site details, design proposal requirements, competition timeline, submission guidelines and awards. The participants can view the briefs of the cities and register separately for the city they wish to submit a proposal for. In case the participant wishes to register for more than one city, they need to register for each city through the city-specific forms.
The winning entries for each city will be implemented on-ground.
Proposal for Pilot:

Under the Streets for People Challenge, the cities will test at least one pilot; comprising a flagship public space and a liveable neighbourhood. This ‘call for ideas’ includes sites for both for both flagship and neighbourhood. Participants can select one or both the sites to provide design proposals for.

The sites fall under the following typologies:

Flagship public space:
Market / Retail areas
Transit hubs

Liveable neighbourhood:
Mixed-income neighbourhoods
Resettlement colonies
Unplanned low-income neighbourhoods

As the competitions are rolled out by each city, the competition timeline varies for each city-led design competition. Any changes to the timeline will be notified to the participants in advance.

Note: All winning teams are expected to assist the city with:
Refining the design based on the inputs from community,
city officials, and other stakeholders;
Testing the design on the ground;
Monitoring and Evaluation of implemented design;

Eligibility criteria:

Professionals and students in the fields of architecture, urban design, planning & other relevant fields are eligible
At least 1 team member should be a local resident of the city, who will serve as the representative
Multi-disciplinary collaboration is highly encouraged
There is no restriction on the number of members per team

Judging criteria:

Submitted design proposals will be evaluated based on the following criteria:
Originality of idea
Understanding of the local context
Inclusivity of the design solutions
Feasibility of implementation
Fulfilment of submission requirements in the format
Community voting

Participation guidelines:

Participants are free to submit multiple entries per team
Participants are free to submit entries for multiple cities and for multiple sites per city
Any team assisted by a competition organiser or jury member will be disqualified
Team registration ID and sheet number should be mentioned at the right bottom corner of every sheet. Team names, logos or organisation names should not be mentioned on the sheets.
Participants who fail to adhere to the submission format and requirements will be disqualified.

Plagiarism of any ideas or images will be disqualified with a notice.

Submission guidelines:

A drive link to a shared folder (to be renamed with competition ID) containing the 2 A1 sheets and the slide deck to be shared with the city’s e-mail id.
Separate high-res images of renders and montages used in the sheets / presentation should also be added to the submission folder.

The submission should cover the following :
Key plan
Design concept & diagrams
Detailed plan and sections of the design intervention
At least 3 renders / views of the design intervention
Implementation strategy, rough budget estimate and phasing
200-300 word write-up about the design intervention

>>> Go to the competition’s website <<<