National Student Competition on Design for All/Universal Design

“INCLUSIVE DESIGN FOR CULTURAL INTERFACE IN PILGRIMAGE SITES’

  ………..HOW MANY DISABLED USERS AND ELDERLY ARE ABLE TO GO WHERE THEY WANT TO GO? ARE THEIR SPECIAL NEEDS MET IN THE PLACES THEY VISIT? ARE THEY TREATED WITH DIGNITY AND EQUALITY LIKE OTHERS?……….THERE ARE SEVERAL SUCH QUESTIONS  THAT NEED THE SENSIBILITIES OF DESIGNERS TO ANSWER…………

  The School of Planning and Architecture, Bhopal (SPA Bhopal) organizes a ‘National Student Competition’ on ‘Design for All/Universal Design’ every year with an aim to generate design solutions that optimize the whole living environment so that everyone in the community regardless of his limitations can participate equally. This year in 2013-14, the school is holding this design competition with a theme of ‘‘INCLUSIVE DESIGN FOR CULTURAL INTERFACE IN PILGRIMAGE SITES’

In Indian community, traditions are deeply rooted despite modern lifestyle. Children learn these traditions from their parents and pass them on to their future generations. One such traditional practice is pilgrimage that almost all religions follow, in one form or the other. A pilgrimage is a journey of spiritual connect and faith, and it is practiced all over the world. Generally, it is a visit to a holy place of significance to a person’s beliefs and faith. It is strongly believed that one must visit such sites at least once in their life time. In India, there are several associated auspicious rituals, beliefs and stories with these sites, and a number of people visit to pray for good health and well being. This includes a lot of people with disabilities, elderly, children and women. This also includes rural people ingrained in poverty and illiteracy. The School of Planning and Architecture, Bhopal, an autonomous institution of MHRD, Government of India, is premier Institute of National Importance. With a commitment to support social, cultural and environmental sustenance in the community, the school organizes a ‘National Student Design Competition’ on ‘Design for All/Universal Design’ every year. This year 2013-14, the school plans to launch this design competition with an aim to promote universal usability in pilgrimage sites in India.

OBJECTIVES OF THE COMPETITION: 

Many universal design questions will make up the studio investigation: What facilities exist for the pilgrims in the site and how they support equal access and usability to include elderly, women, children, and people with disabilities? Holy places offer a unique mindset about ‘charity’ and ‘assistance’ to older, disabled and poor people, and how that perspective frames universal design of facilities in these sites? While universal design’s ‘independence for all’ focus is well grounded in western lifestyle of people living independently, what role does universal design play in India’s inter-dependent society where most people live with others? There are good international examples of universal design; how universal design can be implemented in existing culturally rich pilgrimage site? The students are expected to develop Inclusive, human centered, innovative, and contextual designs for any one pilgrimage sites in India. The site should be largely visited by people and can be located anywhere in the country. It may be government or private owned, or may/may not be from any particular religion.

IMPORTANT DATES: 

Launch of the Competition: 19th October’ 2013
Last date for the Registration of Teams: 31st December’ 2014
Last date for the Final Submission: 31st January’ 2014
Competition Judgement, Universal Design Workshop and Exhibition: 1st-2nd March’2014

ELIGIBILITY FOR PARTICIPATION: 

Teams consisting of a maximum four students enrolled in degree/diploma-granting colleges in India are invited to participate. Proposals may include consideration of more than one discipline and may include: architecture, engineering, industrial design, interior design, interior architecture, landscape architecture, architectural conservation, urban planning, environmental planning, urban design or any environmental design discipline. Multi-disciplinary teams are strongly encouraged. The student teams need to register prior to the competition.

AWARDS 

1st Prize- Rs. 50,000
2nd Prize- Rs. 30,000
3rd Prize- Rs. 20,000

Students of all shortlisted entries will receive travel, accommodation and free participation to the Universal Design Workshop, the culmination of National Student Competition, to be held in March’2014 to showcase and disseminate the generated knowledge at School of Planning and Architecture, Bhopal.

CONTACT INFORMATION:

NSDC Team
School of Planning and Architecture
(An Autonomous Institution of MHRD, Government of India)
Sports Complex, MANIT Campus, Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh (M.P.), INDIA – 462003

E-mail: nsdcud@spabhopal.ac.in
Web Link:  http://nsdc.spabhopal.ac.in/HOME.aspx

 

 

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