turn back time

Turn Back Time

Submission: August 17,  2021
Registration: August 16, 2021
Language: English
Location: Concept
Prizes: Please see details below
Type: Open


The challenge here is to show what some of today’s public spaces would have looked like if they were built during old times or in other words – an alternative reality. Recreate illustrations of what different elements of a shopping mall would’ve looked like in medieval times, with materials, aesthetics, and social norms back then. The aim is to make it relatable to today’s times but in a different time period.

Let’s take some of the common stores we see today and place them in a medieval context. What would Subway or Big bazaar look like if it was the Chola period? What would a Rajputana railway station look like? Such questions tend to make our thoughts run wild and also bring up some important questions like where we lost most of our culture and why.


The design brief is to visually recreate a modern multi-level shopping mall in a cross over between Greek and Indus valley civilization. The challenge is visual-oriented hence, hence your imagination can soar. The idea is to reimagine the interior spaces, features, experiences, trade and commerce in a light-based on the past as if the civilization never vanished until today. How brands of today can be interpreted in their priorities? How can civilizational qualities be induced into commerce centuries later? You can submit one large view with small details cropped out and explain for clearer understanding. Include process level sketches as well.

Judging Criteria

The entries will be judged by an international jury of the competition on the following criteria:

Presentation: The fundamental to a good entry is a visual delivery of ideas.
Concept/Idea: Quality of thought and intent in the predesign phase.
Design Outcome: The final illustrative outcome of the solution.

The judging panel can also add other criteria based on their internal discussions which will be in line with the problem statement. Participants are advised to fulfill the abovegiven criteria first in their design. Names of the jury panel will be announced soon.


  • The competitions are open for students and professionals from all the disciplines of design.
  • The team limit for this competition is 2 members maximum per team.

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