The Open Ideas National Competition 2021 on Improving Liveability of Small Houses organized by  INHAF (Habitat Forum) in partnership with Youth for Unity and Voluntary Action (YUVA);  INI Design Studio Pvt. Ltd, and The Indian Green Building Council ( IGBC) seeks to engage practicing architects, interior designers, planners, engineers and students of these faculties; related Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs); Government agencies, professionals working on slum upgrading and slum rehabilitation and others with innovative ideas in developing proposals on improving  livability of small low cost houses or apartments being constructed by public agencies and private builders under PMAY (Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana) and other affordable housing schemes and projects.

The Competition also intends covering current and past In-situ Slum Improvements Projects and Slum Rehabilitation Projects to seek ideas on improving project design, planning, financing and implementation.

The competition seeks to present the challenge of designing small houses to the design professionals who, for various reasons, tends to keep away from such projects. It also aims to draw attention and raise awareness that:

1. The inadequate size dictated by affordability constraints could be stretched through innovations in planning, design and detailing

2. People centric project planning should include psychological, social, cultural and life-style factors as also the participative/ consultative practice

3. Sustainability features, especially water and energy conservation and waste management should be an integral part of the project design.

4. Buildings should be aesthetically pleasing and add to the city landscape, and

5. Emphasis should also be on the ‘community’ aspects of living.

The competition 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 livability.

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

More information about the competition, deliverables are available in the detailed brochure available for download below


Debriefing Session - An Interactive Event

Launch Date: 21th April 2021

Registration upto: 30th June 2021

Final Submission: 10th September 2021

Result Date: 15th March 2022


Competition Results

Winners announced on 15.03.2022

Photo credits :YUVA



The competition is open to Architects and Engineers, Interior and Furniture designers, Planners, Students of above Faculties, Non-governmental organizations in the settlement development field, Government agencies, professionals and NGOs working on slum upgrading and slum rehabilitation, Designers and shelter providers from the informal sector, Local and international – individuals and agencies.

Participants can join the competition either individual or team or firm/Agency.


1st Prize : ₹ 60,000

2nd Prize :  ₹ 35,000

3rd Prize :  ₹ 20,000


Launch Date: 21th April 2021

Registration upto: 30th June 2021

Final Submission: 10th September 2021

Result Date: 15th March 2022


Your entries can be submitted in PDF format with a maximum size of 12MB. The deadline to submit is September 10, 2021.


Results will be published on this website on 15th March 2022


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Please contact the organizers at

Contact person : Ankisha Sapariya