Improving Livability of Small Houses 
Open Ideas National Competition 2018

This competition seeks to present the challenge of designing small houses to the design professionals who often keep away from such projects. It also aims to draw attention and raise awareness that (a) inadequate size dictated by affordability constraints could  be stretched through innovations in planning, design and detailing (b) people-centric  project planning could include psychological, social, cultural and lifestyle factors as also the participative/ consultative practice (c) sustainability features, especially water and energy  conservation and waste management, could be an integral part of the project design (d) buildings could  be aesthetically pleasing and add to the city landscape, and (e) emphasis could also be on the ‘community’ aspects of living.

The completion also seeks ideas on making the building bye-laws more realistic and sensitive to the needs of small apartments and low-cost buildings. It also asks competition participants to identify and present innovative ideas and solutions created and adopted by residents in their homes to improve living.

The main emphasis of the competition is on practical, doable, implantable ideas.

What does the completion require?         

Each participant is required to address and present proposals on the following three (all three must be attempted).

1. New Design of the Adopted Project: 3 options include (a) an affordable housing project by a public agency or private builder (b) In-situ Slum Upgradation Project on the same site, and (c) Slum Rehousing Project on a different site.  The participants are to select a live project (one of the three options) and redesign it as per competition criteria (details in the enclosed brochure and competition website)

2. Changes in Building Byelaws required to implement the suggested new design

3. Two Case Studies of Innovations – “People Solutions” – in Space Enhancement in Existing Formal or Informal Houses and Buildings.

Prizes: First: Rs.75,000; Second: Rs.50,000; Third: Rs. 25,000

Outreach: Ideas and proposals emerging from the competition, especially winning entries, will be shared with government housing agencies and private builders to adopt in their projects. They will also be circulated through social and print media partners (Inside Outside , Indian Furniture Journal, Civil Society Magazine and online platform Architexturez Asia)


Registration Closes on 20th December 2018;

Submission Deadline: 20th February 2019

For Registration click here.

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This is a design competition to motivate professionals and orient students to the design of smaller houses. INHAF has conceived this competition and is executing it with support from GRUH. 

Cover image Courtesy : Wim Jonker|