Alternate Realities 2020 | Architectural Competition

This competition exists in an Alternate Reality. You make the rules in this realm. Does gravity exist? Do humans live on Earth? How far has technology advanced? You decide!

The aim of this competition is to explore wild design ideas – what architecture truly means and what it can achieve without any constraints. Let your imagination run wild and create spectacular designs that grab the world’s attention. The intention is to spark a conversation regarding issues plaguing the world, through design dialogue.

Architecture is a unique amalgamation of the nuances of the art world and the pragmatism of the real world; therefore, it has the power to not only capture people’s imaginations, but also to strongly influence their lives. 

For the Alternate Realities competition, participants are required to design an architectural response to an issue that the world is facing – climate change, pandemics, biological warfare, nuclear proliferation, social inequality, etc. Your design doesn’t necessarily have to be a solution. It can also be a visual commentary. Your Architectural Response may fall anywhere on the Utopia – Dystopia spectrum. Remember, reality can be anything you want it to be in this realm.

  • Unleash your creativity – Surprise us!
  • Be critical – Say something about the world.
  • Striking visuals – Capture the imagination of architects and non-architects alike.
  • No design is too wild!


Mark Foster Gage, Michael Hansmeyer, Mond Qu, Adrian Welch, Kevin Veenhuizen


3 winning entries and 10 honorable mentions will be selected. theCharette will award a total of $2,000 (USD) in prize money to competition winners as follows:

  • First Prize: $ 1,000 (USD)
  • Second Prize: $ 600 (USD)
  • Third Prize: $ 400 (USD)
  • Honorable Mentions: The jury will choose up to 10 honorable mentions.

Type – Competition Announcement (Ideas)
Organizers – the Charette
Eligibility – Open to all
Registration Deadline – Nov 25, 2020
Submission Deadline – Nov 30, 2020
Fee – $45 (USD)

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The Plated Project is using art to provide 100,000 meals for migrant workers!

20 global artists create limited edition art-plates.

Over 140 million people* have lost their jobs in India due to the COVID-19 pandemic, most of these being daily wage labourers and migrant workers. Addressing this issue, The Plated Project, a unique social impact initiative that uses art to end hunger has launched a new series called ‘A Plate Full of Hope’ with the aim of providing 100,000 meals to migrant workers.

To bring this initiative to life, chlorophyll innovation lab which is the team behind The Plated Project collaborated with 20 acclaimed global artists from 10 countries to create 20 limited edition art plates. Each plate depicts one emotion or experience that people have felt during the lockdown across the world. 

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The project has collaborated with leading artists such as Pavan Rajurkar, India who was featured in Lürzer’s Archive’s 200 Best Illustrators worldwide, Hana Augustine from Indonesia who’s an AGDA (Australian Graphic Design Association) Award of Excellence awardee and Sandhya Prabhat, California who’s a illustrator and past speaker at NYU.

100% of the sale proceeds are being donated to Goonj’s Rahat initiative. Each plate’s sale sponsors 250 meals for a migrant worker’s family. In one week alone,The Plated Project has already sponsored over 70,000 meals. In a bid to further the cause, brands such as Bajaj Electricals, IMI Mobile, The Baya Company and other generous industrialists have sponsored the project’s production costs, which allows The Plated Project to donate 100% of the proceeds to charity. Celebrity chefs and influencers are lending their support to the initiative by raising awareness.  

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Ayirani Balachanthiran, New York

Artwork- Bliss

Ayirani Balachanthiran is an illustrator from New York whose work primarily focuses on the experience of the South Asian Queer-identified community. Her work has been featured on various platforms including but not limited to; Indian Women’s Blog, Vatan Magazine, The Leslie Lohman Gay and Lesbian Museum, and The People’s forum.  

Mayur Mengle, Mumbai

Artwork- All tangled up

A visual artist, Graphic Designer, Illustrator.

Co-founder of BUNxPAV STUDIO.Loves kick-boxing, drawing people around him in a few lines, on his cell phone, during the long train travels in Mumbai. Everything from old houses to historic monuments inspires him to create his work as a designer.

Zeynep Özatalay, Istanbul

Artwork- Furry friends

Zeynep Özatalay is an Istanbul-based illustrator. She has a BA in graphic design. She uses illustration as a way of expressing ideas and feelings, and is inspired very much by nature. Enjoys creating both editorial illustrations and children’s books, and tries to further develop her style with every new artboard.. Recently, she’s been living on an island in İstanbul with cats, horses and seagulls. 

She has been contributing to various publications as BirGün Gazetesi, Cumhuriyet Dergi, Marie Claire, Tudem, İş Kültür Yayınları with her illustrations ever since.

Snehal Kadu, Mumbai

Artwork- A shared bond

 L.S Raheja School of Art graduate. Currently working in the advertising industry. Designing is her passion and loves to spend her time in drawing, illustration and putting her thoughts in creating new designs. 

Hana Augusitne, Indonesia

Artwork- A vivid dream

Hana Augustine is a self taught artist from Indonesia, specialising in childrens book drawings. AGDA Design Awardee. Drawing has always been a channel for her to express and communicate her heart. She hopes the people around the world would be able to relate to one another through the stories of pain, loss, faith, hope, and love that we all share as human beings through art.

She has worked for brands like Pearson, Dancow, PlayShifu and many more.

Featured in Storytime magazine, Tzivos Hashem Magazine, ArtUpon Girls Club Asia, BallPit Magazine and many more.

Mohit Adlakha, Gurgaon

Artwork- King of Ludo

Mohit is a Gurgaon based self-taught illustrator.

Currently studying fashion design from Indian Institute of Crafts And Design, Jaipur.

He draws things observed around with emotions that he is unable to put into words.

Muhammed Sajid, Bangalore 

Artwork- Turning the tide

AN artist rom Calicut, currently residing in Bangalore.

Graduated fine art from the College of Fine Arts, Trivandrum.

Worked with different clients like Google, Procreate, Culture Trip, etc.

Featured on Adobe, Elle India, Homegrown, Indianama, Abduzeedo, etc.

Pavan Rajurkar, Mumbai

Artwork- Daughters

NID graduate. Lürzer’s Archive’s 200 Best Illustrators Worldwide. Imbiber of styles. Worked for Radio Mirchi, Interface, DDB Mudra, and many more. 

Kosha Shah, Mumbai

Artwork- The flower seller

I am a multidisciplinary artist residing in Bombay, practicing Illustration, Graphic Design and Photography. She has worked with brands like TBZ the original, Ditta Artigianale (Italy), Speanta Multimedia, Dandelion Dreams, Wacom to name a few. 

She has  studied Graphic design from Italy and has won awards such as Artisan Awards and ABN Amro Solitaire awards and has been featured in the prestigious Adorn Magazine.

Fundraiser Design Competition: Post Pandemic Performances-Gatherings in the times of Social Distancing

Humankind has witnessed several historic, life-changing episodes such as industrialisation, colonisation and wars, and society has always adapted to such significant milestones fruitfully. Over the years architecture too, has been a witness the very same happenings, and has shaped itself accordingly to suit the times.

While most such events are read and studied about, the ongoing pandemic is a rather unprecedented one.

The future of architecture and the notion of a city too are standing at crossroads. The notion of the city and ‘city-life’ revolves closely around the act of gathering, and the possibilities that come with meeting, living and sharing lives with ‘strangers’. How will the city function if this very function was to change completely? This pandemic though alarming, brings with itself an aperture to redefine architecture and the very experience of cities and its spaces.

We at Project Platypus introduce a spatial design competition, which will touch upon our experiences, cravings and learnings from a times when the world has come to a standstill.

Since ideas are not bound by professions, we invite ‘creatives’ across all fields to collaborate and come up with design and space making solutions that affect us all. We encourage a fresh perspective, and a direct engagement with an exercise as the designer, architect and as someone who experiences their spatial environment on an everyday basis.

We are now looking at a world where social distancing is the norm. And like we always have, it is time to assess, evolve and adapt. Through this competition we want to imagine and design the future of performing arts’ experience.

Participants of the competition are invited to design a physical space which respects safety guidelines for a social gathering of not less than 10 (could be in 100s or 1000s!) For us to understand your response to the context and program, the choice of environment for the intervention must be made from the below options. The categories of environments that participants can choose from are as follows (scales within these categories can be chosen by the participants) :

Categories of Spaces
1. Intimate Gathering,
Indoor/Outdoor spaces catering to a dedicated crowd, curated for a specific performance
eg. Cafés, Backyards, Bars, Rooftops, Basements, Galleries
2. Dynamic Gathering
Spaces within the public domain with free access to common public
eg. Market, Streets, Alleys, Parks, Amphitheatres, public plazas
3. Festive Gathering
Large spaces for prolonged festivities involving a larger, dedicated audience and a number of different performances
eg. Open grounds, fields, parade grounds, Stadiums
4. Miscellaneous
If the participants’ ideas do not fit in any of the above categories, they are free to work on their ideas under this category.

While the choice of scale of the audience and environment can be decided by the participants, all members in the audience need to have a visual, auricular (audio) access to the performer. The proposed designs must allow for an immersive spatial and sensorial experience for both the audience and the performer (present in the same physical space). This could be achieved by architectural resolution, conceptual design, through secondary function in an existing space–or a combination of all these, and the participants have full liberty in the approach they would like to take in order to reach the goal.Social distancing guidelines with respect to this competition have been mentioned towards the end of this brief.

+ Gustavo Carmona – Architect, Mexico
+ Kai Piippo – Lighting Designer, Sweden
+ Lisa Findley – Architect, Academic & Architectural Journalist, USA
+ Mare Trevathan – Creator of Site Specific Theatre, USA
+ Pratyush Shankar – Academic, Architect, India
+ Rupali Gupte – Academic, Architect & Urbanist, India
+ Sajid Wajid Shaikh – Visual Artist, Designer, India
+ Shubhra Raje – Architect, Educator, USA/India
+ Vanessa Vielma – Editor, ArchDaily, Americas
+ Virkein Dhar – Architect, Performer, India

This competition is open to people from all backgrounds.

This competition is not for profit. Registrations can be made through donations to any one of the listed NGOs or organisations working towards providing relief to the people in need during the pandemic.

Donations for registration:
Minimum amount: $15 (₹1000)
Suggested amount: $25 (₹2000)

1. One Conceptual Graphic: to explain the idea and concept of the proposal (including, but not limited to collages, drawings, photographs, graphical representations, diagrams, illustrations. References attached in this link)
2. One 3D Graphic ( 3D view / isometric / axonometric drawing, references attached in this link )
3. Title of proposal (up to 3 words), Subtitle (up to 10 words) Textual description about design proposal (up to 300 words)

Participants are required to mention the following at the time of submission (through an online form):
+ Category of space designed
+ Number of people designed for (audience)
+ Description the performance envisioned (up to 30 words)
+ Team member details: (Name, professional background)

Submission Formats :
+ Graphics’ Size : A3 (29.7 x 42.0 cm) Resolution : 300 dpi
+ Format : pdf
+ Title & Write Up : A4 plain text pdf

+ 5 Winning entries: Prizes to be decided
+ 15 honourable mentions: Feature in a dedicated online and printed book published by Altrim Publishers, curated and designed by Sortedpandit Studio, Bangalore. These entires will also be featured in online platforms of our media partners: KooZA/rch, Architecture Live! and The Architects’ Diary.
+ Winning and shortlisted entries would also be featured in a virtual exhibition on Project Platypus’ website and in a physical exhibition (when the world allows for it!)

[email protected]

Download the information related to this competition here.

  • TitleFundraiser Design Competition: Post Pandemic Performances-Gatherings in the times of Social Distancing
  • TypeCompetition Announcement (Ideas)
  • OrganizersProject Platypus
  • Registration DeadlineJune 26, 2020 12:00 AM
  • Submission DeadlineJune 28, 2020 12:00 AM
  • PriceMininum donation: $15

The Kaira Looro Competition’s winning projects for an EOC in Sub- Saharan Africa

Emergencies strike suddenly and without warning. They level cities to the ground and tear down buildings as though they were made of sand. In almost no time at all everything is destroyed and all that remains is the realisation that you have to get up and start all over again from scratch. In recent years the occurrence of deluges and flooding have increased dramatically. Analogously, conflicts and financial crises persist and lead to serious humanitarian emergencies which put the lives of millions of people at risk. Resolving an emergency of any kind means re-establishing peace and security.
The ”Emergency Operations Centre” is the 4th of the Kaira Looro international architecture competition. This is a Non Profit competition with the aim of raising awareness among the international community about emergencies in developing countries, and support humanitarian
projects in Africa.
The past editions were dedicated to the design of a Sacred Architecture (2017), a Cultural Centre (2018) and a Peace Pavilion (2019). This year the competition aims to develop a theme of global interest: emergency, such as Tsunami, Wars, Flooding etcetera. The theme of the 2020’s competition was to design an Operational Centre for the management of humanitarian emergencies in Sub-Saharan Africa, an EOC. The architecture is intended to house and facilitate the mainly activities which international organisations and local authorities must implement in order to solve emergencies and provide aid to affected communities. The spaces should be versatile
and multifunctional, capable of adapting to specific needs and to the type and context of the emergency.
The competition has been organized by the Balouo Salo No Profit Organization, engaged in Africa to develops humanitarian projects, with the collaboration of structures of international importance and relevant collaborations such us Kengo Kuma & Associates, SBGA | Blengini Ghirardelli, MMA Design Studio, international NGOs, medias and institutions.

The winners were chosen by an international jury made up of: Kengo Kuma (Kengo Kuma & Associates, Japan), Agostino Ghirardelli (SBGA | Blengini Ghirardelli, Italy), Lígia Nunes (Architecture Sans Frontières International, Spain), Mphethi Morojele (MMA Design Studio, South Africa), Walter Baricchi (CNAPPC), Philippa Nyakato Tumubweinee (University of Cape Town, South Africa), Mantey Jectey-Nyarko (Kwame Nkrumah University, Ghana), and a scientific committee made up of Raoul Vecchio (Balouo Salo), Sebastiano D’Urso (University of Catania) and Moussa Soaune (Senegalese institution).

“Restoration As- Design Case of Surat Castle”| Lecture by Sumesh Modi

“Restoration As- Design Case of Surat Castle”| Lecture by Sumesh Modi

“Restoration As- Design Case of Surat Castle” by Arch. Sumesh Modi (Conservation Architect )”

Foundations – Ambuja Knowledge Centre, Ahmedabad had scheduled a Technical Lecture “Restoration As- Design Case of Surat Castle” by Arch. Sumesh Modi (Conservation Architect-Ph.d Cardiff Univ., UK)” on Wednesday 04th March, 2020 at 6.30 pm at  Foundations – Ambuja Knowledge Centre, “Ambuja House”, Parimal Cross Roads,Ellis Bridge, Ahmedabad – 380006

The Restoration project of surat castle treats the architecture to be an archive and hence envisages it as an exhbit of its own history evident in its own history evident in its construction layers. The restoration project of Surat castle combines Structural conservation, Material conservation, Artistic Interpretation adaptive reuse and recreation of history – to offer an immersive experience to its users. The talk describes the methodological choices made and operational practices undertaken to facilitate that.

Main focus of the project is authentic restoration and redevelopment for making the urban history of the city an inherent component of the citizen’s life, to integrate education, awareness about the historicity with the present day urban experience through the historical re-enchantment program at the Surat Castle. Recently this project has won prestigious award under ‘Culture & Economy’ category by Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs (MoHUA) in ‘India Smart City Awards 2019’.

And how they have overcome from lack of authentic information which was there during research work, meaning there was absence of accessibility and availability of Archival data related to Surat Castle history and architecture.

Reasearch ranging from British Library to Dutch Archives, National Archives, and unpublished Collection from local historians, Local historians, local photographs, and published documents to lay conditions for authentic restoration of the castle.

  • Columbia University Library
  • British Library, London
  • Kalakrti Archives, Hyderabad
  • Phillips Antiques, Mumbai
  • French Archive, Gallica
  • Uppsala Library, Sweden
  • Jaipur Museum, Jaipur
  • Nawab Of Surat, Mir Jaffar Imam. Mumbai
  • Nawabzade of surat. Moin mir. London
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The value Based Authentic Restoration was held. The authentic restoration for making urban history of city known. Emphasis has been laid on archival research. On site sstudy of construction techniques, study of historical maps. Investigative research to look for footprints, etc. so as to conduct authentic restoration.

Project highlights different layers of History starting from

  • 1372 Taglaq era
  • 1546 Gujarat Sultanate era
  • Mughal era
  • British era
  • Dutch era
  • Post Independence era

The project highlights different layers of history starting from 1372 tughlaq era, 1546 gujarat sultanat era. Mughal era. British era. Dutch era and Post Independence Era.

The adopted Techniiques of restoration , Despite it being a unique example, are all replicable and have widespread application such as

  • Open restoration system – keeping the masonary open for citizen education
  • Use of archival data – the authentic restoration
  • Interpretive strategies – to connect people with historicity
  • Cultural Education using movie and exhibits
  • Use of independent structural elements – to drive the load from fragile walls
  • Use of traditional construction materials
  • Informed Use of new materials with modifications to get the required ambience and cost effectiveness
  • Lifestyle gallery

The project started at a small scale initially, but research and people enthusiasm and involvement lead to increase In scale of the project in terms of its area and expenditure. It is anticipated that public involvement will keep on increasing rapidly for the historic precinct which is being restored as whole.

Considering the success of the initial component of the castle Restoration project, Surat Municipal Corporation has extended the project to also include conservation and revitalization of many other historical structures as part of the city heritage square. The estimated cost of the project is now INR 154.07 crore.

About The Architect:-

Sumesh Modi holds a Master’s Degree in architectural conservation at the School of Planning and Architecture . Delhi. His work spans Architectural Practice and restoration projects. He is also associated with Raman Bhakta School of Architecture ,  Bardoli in the capacity of Director. He is Pursuing his doctoral research in traditional water systems at PRASADA, university of Cardiff. He has close to twenty years of architectural and conservation practice experience. He has provided professional services to clients such as Sardar Vallabhbhai National Institute of Techology. METAS of Seventh Day Adventist Educational Group. Vyara Nagar Palika, Surat Municipal Corporation,  Tourism Corporation Of Gujarat Limited. Uka Tarsadiya University. Among Others.

Report By: Chitvan Raval 

Art-illation Competition Held At iDAC Expo Mumbai

Canadian Wood collaborates with iDAC Expo in Mumbai as a sustainable partner for Art-illation Competition

Mumbai, February, 2020: FII India’s brand Canadian Wood participated in the iDAC Expo held at BEC (Nesco), Goregaon, Mumbai as a sustainable partner for Art-illation competition organised at the event.

Forestry Innovation Consulting India Pvt. Ltd. (FII India) is a wholly owned subsidiary of Forestry Innovation Investment (FII) Canada; a crown agency of the government of British Columbia (B.C.), the westernmost province of Canada. Canadian Wood was established in 2013 to promote B.C., Canada as a global supplier of quality, environmentally-responsible wood products from sustainably managed forests.

Art-illation, a national level competition organised for artists, architects, interior designers, sculptors, and art enthusiast at the iDAC expo to showcase their talent via art installation saw renowned artists from all over the country.  Out of the ten artists selected for the competition, six of them used Canadian Wood species to create a warm and inspirational display through 6 different wall designs.

The themed wall designs curated by the following six architects using different Canadian Wood species were namely; Gautam Naik in Spruce-pine-fir (SPF) and Western Red Cedar; Tushar Kothavde in Western Hemlock; Behzad in Spruce-pine-fir (SPF) for Frame and Western Hemlock for design; Amit Gandhi in Spruce-pine-fir (SPF) for Frame and Western Hemlock for design; Milind Pai in Western Hemlock and Spruce-pine-fir; Pravir Sethi in Western Hemlock & Douglas Fir.

The artists, architects, interior designers, sculptors and art enthusiasts were highly impressed with the versatility of the Canadian Wood species; hence it presented them with many possibilities to design in wood for various applications in future.

Façade Evolution by Ar. Milind Pai: Architect Milind Pai’s ‘FACADE EVOLUTION’ is created with Western hemlock and Spruce-pine-fir. Western hemlock with its ability to plane and shape well along with Spruce-pine-fir with its bright appearance make this art-illation the magic that it is!


Cityscape by Ar. Amit Gandhi: Artist and Interior Designer Amit Gandhi has created his art-illation at the iDAC Expo, 2020 by merging the strength, dimensional stability and superior gluing properties of the Spruce-Pine-Fir with the even grain excellent machining properties of the Western Hemlock to create this ‘CITYSCAPE’. The statuesque skyline acts as a canvas for the inhabitants of the city to paint their thoughts and stories on it.


In search of greens: Ar. Tushar Kothawade has used Western hemlock to create his Art-illation ‘IN SEARCH OF GREENS..!!’ Western hemlock with its good staining and painting properties and its ability to shape well and polish beautifully makes it a great choice for creating a layered effect


Chairs: Ar. Pravir Sethi has his key interest in installations and interactive systems. For his art-illation ‘CHAIRS! TO ART’ at the iDAC Expo, 2020 he has used Western Hemlock and Douglas fir – the timber in itself being the green product. Douglas fir has an excellent strength-to-weight ratio, this coupled with Western Hemlock’s excellent machining properties proved to be the winning combination in creating an art installation that also doubles up as pieces of furniture


Speaking about the partnership, Pranesh Chhibber, Country Director, FII-India said“FII-India is a recognized supplier of wood sourced from sustainably managed forests in British Columbia (B.C.), Canada, meeting the environmental, social and economic needs of current and future generations.  It is an esteem pleasure to collaborate with iDAC Expo as a sustainable partner for the Art-illation competition. Canadian Wood species provided endless opportunities to the participants to experiment and design using wood and it was demonstrated well at the competition.”


About Forestry Innovation Consulting Pvt Ltd (Canadian Wood)

FII is a crown agency of the government of British Columbia (B.C.), the western most province of Canada. Its mandate is to promote wood products from B.C. Canada in the offshore markets and to position it as a global supplier of quality, environmentally-responsible wood products from sustainably managed forests by creating awareness and spreading education through information on the wide variety of timber products available from B.C. Canada and the technical support. Its brand/logo Canadian Wood was established in 2013 to reach out to and the ease of understanding of its activities by its target audience globally.

Mr. Dikshu C. Kukreja bestowed with the Bharat Shiromani Award

Ø  Mr. Dikshu C. Kukreja, Managing Principal of C P Kukreja Architects, has been felicitated with the Bharat Shiromani Award for Excellence in Architecture 2018-19

Ø  This is the first time ever that an architect has been honored by the Institute

Ø  The firm CPKA is based out of New Delhi, India and has an impressive portfolio of 800+ projects spread in over 30 countries worldwide

Ø  The multi-disciplinary firm has an employee strength of 250+ professionals and completes 50 years in the field in 2019

New Delhi, April 2019: Mr. Dikshu C. Kukreja, Managing Principal of the New Delhi based renowned firm CP Kukreja Architects has been bestowed with the Bharat Shiromani Award for the year 2018-19 for Excellence in Architecture. For the first time ever, an architect has been honored by the Shiromani Institute for their valuable contribution and exemplary works to the field. Mr. Dikshu C. Kukreja was presented the honor by Lord Swraj Paul in the presence of Ambassadors of Iceland and Slovenia.

The prestigious Award is awarded to select few dignitaries by the Shiromani Institute which is a non-profit voluntary organisation. Other past recipients of the Award include stalwarts like Mother Teresa, Sachin Tendulkar, Kapil Dev, Lata Mangeshkar and the Dalai Lama for their exemplary contributions to society.


Mr. Dikshu C. Kukreja is a Gold Medalist from School of Planning & Architecture, New Delhi, India. He attended the prestigious Taliesin Fellowship at the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture, USA. After this, he received his Masters of Architecture & Urban Design from Harvard University. He was elected the founding Vice President of Asia GSD, which grew to become one of the largest student organizations at Harvard University. Later, he came to be the youngest and the first architect to be elected as the President of Harvard Club of India.

He has worked in India, France and USA and has lectured and taught at institutions both, in India and abroad. He has been Guest Writer for The Times of India and Hindustan Times newspapers, talking extensively about Urban Issues. He was also featured by CNBC TV on the programme ‘Young Turks’ and is a regular contributor to discussions and debates on National television. He was selected as the Cultural Ambassador by Govt. of Finland. He is a Member, Governing Body, Sushant School of Art & Architecture.


A Glimpse to Dikshu C Kukreja’s Vision

A style statement is how we let our passion reflect’, believes Dikshu C. Kukrejawho has been running the Cat A architecture thrown in India started 50 years back. Running India’s one of the top tier architecture firms is not just a business for Dikshu but his passion for making the walls speak people’s dreams.

Receiving his B.ArchHonours as Gold Medalist from School of Planning & Architecture, Dikshu from the very beginning has curated his professional roadmap amalgamating his passion of vising different countries and witnessing diverse construction, reflecting the journey of different cultures. He attended the prestigious Taliesin Fellowship at Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture, USA and received his Masters of Architecture & Urban Design from Harvard University and since then has been curving notes of success in the country and abroad.

Dikshuhas been elected as the founding Vice President of Asia GSD, which grew to become one of the largest student organizations at Harvard University. He has worked in India, France and USA and has lectured and taught at institutions both in India and abroad.  He was selected as Cultural Ambassador by Govt. of Finland. He is Member, Governing Body, Sushant School of Art & Architecture and elected as the youngest President of Harvard Club of India and the first architect to achieve this distinction.


About CP Kukreja Architects

Started in 1969 with a vision to redefine architecture and planning in India, CPKA is one of the most revered architectural firms in the country. They have been contributing to the field for almost 50 years. Their integrated practice undertakes consultancy in Master Planning, Architecture Urban Design, Structural and Civil Engineering, Electrical, Plumbing and Sanitary Engineering, Air-conditioning and FDV System, Fire Fighting System, Quantity Surveying and Estimating, and Project Management. CPKA’s multi-disciplinary approach is the reason for creation of some of the most iconic buildings across the globe in addition to their commitment to design excellence through innovation and sustainability. They are an ISO 9001-2001 certified firm and a member of the Indian Green Building Council. The firm has been ranked amongst the top 100 design firms in the world in 2018 by a UK-based institution ‘World Architecture’ alongside winning the BUILD Review’s 2018 Architecture Innovation Awards, wherein CPKA has been recognized as the ‘Most Innovative Indian Architectural Design Firm for the year 2018’, amongst other numerous awards.


RR Decor Launches Lizzo’s Latest Collection of Wallpapers

RR Decor Launches Lizzo’s Latest Collection of Wallpapers

New Delhi, July 2018—– Spanish fabric editor, Lizzo, is renowned for their historically inspired and beautifully textured fabrics. They have recently launched their new collection, Legend, created in collaboration with Italian abstract painter Elena Carozzi. It is available in India, through RR Decor.

While the luxurious Legend collection captures the essence of European sophistication, you can witness diverse inspirations and techniques adopted from around the globe. The unique embossed finish of the wallpapers adds depth and movement to the intricate designs, giving an enticing táctile quality.


The precise and intricate designs coupled with a sophisticated palette of rich tones,  neutrals, charcoals, lime and blue, add dimensión to the collection. Dazzling metallic colours, ornamental motifs, abstract art and geometric prints combined with traditional techniques and natural textures create an opulent environment.


* Wild Garden Green showcases the vivaciousness of the flora.

* Batic comes alive with tiny pops of colours and embossed textures.

* Colonial Grey showcases classic damask motifs.

* The single shade Karaba wallpapers bristle with texture and tactility.

* Wild Garden Brown is vibrant and full of nature’s mysteries.



About RR Décor:

A pioneer in the weaving of handloom silks, RR Décor is India’s premier textile design company, with focus on originality of designs. We design and market exclusive furnishing and upholstery fabrics for residential and contract interiors.

RR Décor fabrics begin life in the design department where a team of artists, designers and stylists put their ideas into practice. An essential tool at the creative stage is the company’s in-depth study of ancient fabrics fused with modern day eccentricities.

Most research into RR Décor fabrics starts at least twelve months in advance, with special focus on more innovative trends which range from contemporary art to extreme experimentation by International Design Houses, who are instrumental in the designing of our collections.


  1. R. Decor Pvt. Ltd.

X-21, Okhla Industrial Area, Phase-II,

New Delhi-110020, India

Phone No : 91-11-41731107/08, 46068777

Email – [email protected], [email protected]

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Post-event report Mumbai edition :

lavish inaugural launched by distinguished architects and designers kick-started the Festival of Architecture and Interior Designing into its 5th year of design celebration. As FOAID received over 3000 prolific minds from around the country at the Mumbai edition, it truly transformed into a networking platform to exchange ideas, inspire and engage in knowledgeable conversations about the design industry. The Design Arena had visitors witness art and furniture installations designed by students. Illustrious architects and designers showcased over 250 built, un-built and ongoing national and international projects at the exhibition. FOAID brought about an air of interaction and expanding vision.


Having brought together prominent panelists, speakers, and jury members, the conference organized a number of keynote addresses, presentations, panel discussions and competitions across two days. The topics for the conference were conceived to inspire and encourage delegates to raise questions and initiate a conversation. Design Manthan at FOAID was especially an excellent opportunity for all delegates traveling from other cities to be guided by and intermix with key designers present at the event as speakers & jurors.


(L-R) Sunil Philip, Patricia Emma Fernandez Ortiz, Vivek Gupta, Richa Bahl (Large)

The panel discussions were devised keeping in mind the theme for the edition, ‘Time to Re:Imagine’. These covered a wide range from presenting personal views over the practice of collaborating with foreign firms to a light-hearted dialogue on design becoming a visual spectacle. Eminent designers like Naresh Narasimhan, Tony Joseph, Asha Sairam, Tony Kunnel, Nuru Karim, and many more and many more delivered compact and inspiring presentations on varying topics.

The topics for the conference were conceived to inspire and encourage delegates to raise questions and initiate a conversation. One such topic that garnered soared attention from the audience was a discussion on fees in the profession. Prashant Sutaria steered the discussion with fellow panelists Anubhav Gupta, Barun Pal Chowdhury, J.P Agrawal, Ratan J Batliboi, Sandeep Shikhre and Virendra Khare. The panel corresponded ideas through which the fee structure can be re-imagined, amongst other things.

(L-R) Prashant Sutaria, Anubhav Gupta, Barun Pal Chowdhury, J.P. Agrawal, Ratan J Batliboi, Sandeep Shikre, Virendra Khare during panel discussion (Large)

Anubhav referenced foreign practices while suggesting migration from the quantity of area standpoint to a staffing exercise while structuring fees. Ar. Batliboi and Mr. Barun agreed to a counterpoint. They opined working smarter, establishing and respecting your own worth and not agreeing to anything lower than what you deserve as key changes that need to be made to handle client dealings. “How can you choose somebody based on the fee structure?” Sandeep questioned. His applaudable monologue touched upon all factors contributing to the unequal practices in the profession. He recognized the architect as an artist whose value is bargained and negotiated. To tackle some of the issues he presented various solutions like raising the fee structure, negotiation of fees before commencing a project and redefining the relationship between the tangible value of a firm and the remuneration it receives.

As J.P rightly said, the fees may be subjective but there need to be benchmarks for salaries of fresh graduates as is the case with other courses. Virendra shared his advice to younger designers. While acknowledging the difficulties and disparities in the income structure, he strongly backed working hard without expectations at the start of one’s career. A higher project quality will speak for higher fees in future projects. The discussion covered the responsibilities of the council as well as the norms of competitions. The panel came to a close after an elaborate question-answer round from the audience.

Yatin Patel, DSP Design Presenting during the conference (Large)

Ar. Yatin Patel of DSP Design, Mumbai spoke about his firm’s area of specialization, offices. He talked about the demographics of the current working population and what is in place for the design of future office spaces. “Who is the client? What are we designing for?” are the questions he addresses before commencing work on any project. With statistics in place reiterating the fact that 75% of the working population would consist of millennials by the year 2030, he listed factors brimming with what makes the millennial workforce tick. They are not afraid to change jobs. They need space but also interaction. Minding their seemingly preferred dynamic variety of options, Yatin’s ‘Adaptable Offices’ concept allows them the freedom to co-habitat a working space flexible to their needs. “Work is not a place to go, it is an activity,” he stated. By giving up the desk, one can gain the whole office. From public to semi-private and private, each area is designed to collaborate, converse, concentrate or relax and socialize. They also concentrate on well being and biophilic design as a way of connecting with nature and unwinding. This way of design gives a whole new atmosphere to the usual office.

Moreover, a series of unique & brief presentations by four creative minds namely Patrica Emma Fernandez Ortiz, Richa Bahl, Sunil Philip, and Vivek Gupta made for an engaging analogue. D Talks encouraged fun and thoughtful correspondence on‘Purpose fuels Passion’. The award ceremony felicitating winners of the various competitions like Everest Design Challenge, Expressions, Architecture Ideas, Creative Minds Next conducted by FOAID brought forth a range of untapped and budding talent.

The annual furniture making design competition, ‘Wood is Good’ invited design students from architecture and design schools to showcase their upcoming talent & creativity. The creations stemmed out of Canadian wood, sustainably sourced from the forests of Canada encourages upcoming talent. Aditya College of Design and Studies emerged as the winner for their installation, ‘The Dexterous Box’. Kamla Raheja College for Architecture and Environmental Studies and Bharti Vidyapeeth College of Architecture were the first and second runner-up colleges respectively. Aakif Habib, Ali Baldiwala, Huzefa Rangwala, Shaheen Mistry, and Tejal Mathur served as the mentors for the five participating colleges.

Noticeably, the 5th edition of FOAID was a grand success. The event weaved together a varied set of activities and events to keep the visitors captivated. The event will celebrate the world of design again next year with a renewed vigour and equal dedication.


Kaira Looro Competition for Peace Pavillon in Africa

Kaira Looro Competition for
Peace Pavillon in Africa
In memory of the innocent victims of war in Africa
“Peace is a dream, it can become a reality…
but to build it we must be capable of dreaming.”
(Nelson Mandela)

Intercultural hostility and the exploitation of resources on the African continent have triggered a succession of armed conflicts resulting in millions of innocent lives lost and refugees seeking hope in a better life elsewhere. Communities annihilated. Villages and cities torn to the ground. Nations in chaos.
Remembering the victims through the universal value of peace can help to lay the foundation for the creation of an inclusive and cohesive society. Contemplation, memory, and compassion are the values that commemorative architecture must convey in order to build a better world.

The internationally jury is composed by Kengo Kuma, T. Hirano (Università di Tokyo), A. Ghirardelli (SBGA), Urko Sanchez (Urko Sanchez Architects), Diana Lopez Caramazana (UN-Habitat Nairobi), Jean Paul Sebuhayi Uwase & Noella Nibakuze (Mass Group Design). The scientific committee is composed by S. D’Urso (Università di Catania), R. Vecchio (Balouo Salo) and Moussa Souane (CCAI Sedhio)

Early registration – from 18th January to 11st February 2019 Normal registration – from 12nd February to 10th March 2019 Late registration – from 05th March to 31st April, 2019 Submission deadline – 18th April 2019 Winners announced – 4th May 2019

1st Place: € 4,000 + Internship at Kengo Kuma Associates at Tokyo Office+ Construction
2nd Place: € 1,000 + Publication + Exhibition + Certificate
3rd Place: € 500 + Publication + Exhibition + Certificate
2 honorable mentions: € 150 + Publication + Exhibition + Certificate
5 mentions: Publication + Exhibition + Certificate
20 finalists: Publication + Exhibition + Certificate
To enter the contest, participants have just to fill out the registration form in the official website.


All awarded projects will be published in the competition’s official book and on its website, transmitted to architectural websites and other architectural contexts, and displayed at architectural events.
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