rip mix burn the city

Rip.Mix.Burn. the city

Submission: December 15, 2021
Registration: December 15, 2021
Language: English
Location: Concept
Prizes: ₹ 1,00,000
Type: Open


Drawing is a powerful medium that is not only used to record what is around us but can also be used to create an imagination for the future. Graphical representations can allow us to express our opinions and anxieties about the city and its architecture. It also gives us the creative freedom to re-configure, re-order and re-imagine our existing cities to hint towards a possible future.  The purpose of this competition is to use the power of representation to critique the existing city and create an imagination for the future city.


Rather than begin with a clean slate (tabula rasa), participants engage with an existing city; and imagine the possibilities that can emerge by – Ripping, Mixing & Burning. *

In this competition, participants will try to use the existing parts of the city and re-configure them (Rip) to create a new configuration (Mix) and represent the same in a single drawing (Burn). Hence the theme RIP, MIX, & BURN – the city.

The aim is to develop a drawing that can be an illustration, a collage, a visual commentary, digital or hand-drawn and produce a written manifesto as the key argument for the imagined city.


Participants to choose any one of the below-mentioned themes as a guide for their visual representation.

  • Technology and the City
  • Nature and the City
  • Citizen and the Community


This competition is open to all. There is no restriction on education, institution or nationality. Registration can be done as an individual or in a group (maximum three participants).

CityLabs India and the Panel in charge will follow the same evaluation criteria that will be assigned based on the following – 

  1. Clarity and quality of the graphic.

  2. Coherence between the manifesto and the illustration.

  3. Relevance to the theme.


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