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Transparence 16.0

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Curators for Transparence 16

Ar Kiran Venkatesh

Kiran is the co-founder of InFORM Architects, Bangalore. The firm has designed over 400 projects till date with 63 awards to its credit since its inception in 1997. Kiran’s focus is to generate conceptually strong, innovative designs and to build unique performative buildings that respond to context, constraints and client needs with Architectural vision.

Kiran is very optimistic about the role of technology in shaping design and its potential to influence outcomes from concepts to development and eventual production/ execution. He is focused on promoting mechanization in construction to effectively address the growing disparity between design and execution quality & between demand and supply in the AEC industry. Along with his practice, Kiran is also active in academics/ architecture education. He is the co-founder of InCITE – a one of its kind Architecture Event Space in the country that is a platform for exchange of Architectural ideas. Kiran has a wide range of other interests: Architecture & the City – Education - Movies – Reading - Science Fiction – Travel - Running – Cycling etc.

Ar Sujit Nair

Sujit Nair is principal designer and founder at SDeG, a multi-disciplinary practice based out of Bangalore, that he runs with his partner Aruna Sujit. SDeG has won awards for both architecture and interiors, and in 2012, was given the opportunity to exhibit at the Venice Architecture Biennale. SDeG was also featured on CNBC’s ‘young turks’ in 2013, a show widely known to recognize emerging entrepreneurs. In the past, Sujit has worked as ‘Architect’ at Zaha Hadid Architects, London. He holds a Masters’ degree in ‘Architecture and Urbanism’ from the Architectural Association, London (2004). Sujit has been active in architectural education, as visiting design critic at several architecture schools. He has lectured at architect forums, design schools and public events.

The Reward

per team,
a trophy and a certificate
per team,
a trophy and a certificate
per team,
a trophy and a certificate
per team, a certificate and an opportunity to win the coveted National Trophy.

*All participants with submissions that are found technically complete by the jury will be awarded a participation certificate.



Shifting Contexts | Accelerated Change:

The past year has seen us witness a deep shift in our living patterns. Social interaction in the Digital Medium, Physical Distancing and Isolation have taken precedence over in-person interactions. Travel, for work or for pleasure, has been very limited / reduced. In most cases, spaces have been flipped / multi-tasked to accept different activities that were predominantly conducted in discrete boxes.

Travel which was taken for granted as necessary for work and leisure, has not been possible or even necessary. This has raised questions of our notions of mobility. Perhaps we need to formulate new ideas of mobility. Physical and Emotional well-being have never had more mind-space than they do today.

It’s in this radically-shifted context that this competition brief calls for Ideas Towards a New Architecture. One that not only explores, challenges and tackles the new normals, but projects and predicts their impact over the coming years. Designers are called to imagine a new way of life, a Habitat that responds to and challenges the new paradigms.


The competition is centered on the idea of a self-contained, self-sustaining ‘super habitat’. Architects must reclaim their “Right to Program” rather than leave it to the vagaries of pure market forces. Designers are encouraged to conceive new transformative housing prototypes, workspaces, areas for relaxation / recreation etc., programmed to co-exist and function in both pre-imagined / defined and uncertain circumstances. The project should aim to set a new precedent that provides a vibrant, healthy environment for the community, during varying states of normalcy and confinement.


The competition offers a reasonably open interpretation of the site so as to allow each participant to imagine the context of their solutions.

  1. The site can be located in any urban or suburban context (on 9-12 acres, in any city within India). However, participants are allowed to choose specific sites (within India) by making a case that justifies their choice.
  2. While the site may be imaginary, it is preferable to have a point of reference – an imaginary context perhaps, to aid in conception of specific strategies. For ex.: Next to an airport / at the edge of a forest / hilly or not and so on.
  3. Suggested site size – 150m (East to West) x 300m (North – South).

    Total area – around 45000 sq.m (9 to 12 acres)

    Other suggestions for the site selection:

    • Road width – 24m along access and 18m on the other side.
    • Access to site as per design intent
  4. F.A.R – 4.0 - Designers must consume the total FAR [FAR = total built-up area excluding parking, services, open stilts and open to sky terraces / balconies]
  5. Setbacks around the building – 18.0 meters on all sides. No built projections are permitted within setbacks.
  6. Ground coverage – Not applicable
  7. Height restriction – Not applicable
  8. Designated Green Space >15% of Site Area

Deviations from above in design schemes presented is not desirable.


Architects are encouraged to reclaim the lost art of Programming. Participants are free to challenge the program – however, the core [70%] of the proposal should be housing as designated below. The program is broadly categorized as:

  • Permanent Programs for 70% of the FAR Area

    Housing with sub-categories (as defined below)

    Unit types with permissible area range:

    1. 2 BHK – 100 to 120.0 sqm plinth area

    2. 2.5 BHK – 135 to 150.0 sqm plinth area

    3. 3 BHK – 165 to 180.0 sqm plinth area

    Plinth Area shall include the balcony / terrace area that’s an integral part of the unit

    Transformative Spaces

    Designs are required to come up with strategies that create flexible / additional spaces within each unit within the above area restriction. These transformative strategies could be expressed on the façades for a dynamic / varying facade. Some potential instances:

    • Work / Study From Home space for different family members
    • Garden/s
    • Additional room/space for senior citizen(s)
    • Isolation room

    Parking for Housing:

    Need and numbers to be justified. However, as a guide, 1 car for each dwelling unit may be considered.

  • Flexible Programs for the balance 30% FAR area

    The design shall include programs that form a symbiotic relationship with the Housing. The flexible component may include one, all or a selective combination of these functions. Designers are free to propose alternatives with suitable arguments.

    4. Low rise housing for transient living / guest workers

    5. Office / Co-working space that can respond to on-site /off – site work.

    6. Retail spaces

    7. Recreation areas

    8. Medical facilities

    9. Functions that may be set up using rapid deployment technologies – for eg Covid care facilities.

    10. Educational facilities

    Parking for Flexible Programs – Need and numbers to be justified. However, as a guide, 1 car for 100 sqm may be considered.

    Teams are encouraged to consider the following factors in their designs:

    1. Landscape

    2. Energy

    3. Sustainable living and ecological considerations

    4. Community life / social ecosystems

Competition Format

  • Transparence 16.0 is open to undergraduate students of architecture and design. Recent graduates from 2020 are also eligible to participate
  • Teams to comprise a maximum of three members. You are allowed to make teams with students from different batches or even different colleges
  • It is a two-stage competition.
    • First stage: Regional Juries – North, South, East and West.
    • Second Stage: Grand Finale. Teams will be shortlisted by an online regional jury Top two teams from each region would be invited to the Grand Finale to make a presentation before a selected panel of jury

Submission Format

  • A maximum of twelve A3 sheets (landscape orientation) with a readable scale of drawing and legible text. All sheets are to be compiled into a SINGLE PDF (20MB maximum).
  • Your name or any identification should not feature on the sheets.
  • The pdf file should be named by the participants’ first names followed by the college name. For instance if abc is the participant from xyz college, the file name would be “abc_xyz”. In case, abc is sending multiple entries, the subsequent files will be named as “abc1_xyz” “abc2_xyz” and so on. We will assign ID numbers to each submission to ensure anonymity.
  • Please restrict your word limit on the sheets to 100-150 words per sheet.
  • Include the North arrow for the plans and a graphical scale for ALL drawings.
  • Include a summarized area statement of your design with reference to the byelaws on not more than a single A4 sheet.
  • Include a scanned version of your student ID/college bonafide along with your entry

Evaluation Criteria

  • Concept, and evolution of design
  • Selection of the site, and integration of the intervention with the site and context
  • Originality/Innovation
  • Incorporation of factors enhancing factors such as well-being, community living etc. into design, and quality of the spaces
  • Clarity and comprehensibility of design
  • Sustainability in design
  • Delivery and Presentation- use of appropriate visual aids, graphics and technical information

Important Dates:

  • Last date for registration: 10th January 2022
  • Last date for submission: 10th January 2022
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