Won: Second Position
National Association of Students of Architecture
New Delhi, India
Husain Zaidi, Arko Roychowdhury
Annual NASA Design Competition is one of the most prestigious architecture competition for undergraduate students in India. The competition is organized by National Association of Students of Architecture, and over 150 colleges and 3000 students participate. The format of the competition is such, that the students need to come up with a design proposal as outlined in the project brief, which should pertain to the year’s NASA theme. The theme for NASA 2016-17 was ‘Parallel Projections’. We were required to submit the proposal strictly in the format of 2 x A1 sheets and a brief report of 10 pages.
I was leading the project and was working with my junior from college, Arko. We started by reading the project brief multiple times and see it in the light of the year’s theme ‘Parallel Projection’. The project brief stated that we had to propose a design that has an impact on an urban level, and should make adaptive reuse of a land which is currently ‘dis-used’. We proposed our understanding of parallel projections in the given context as ‘parallel lives’ lead by under-privileged children and fortunate children, living within 100m of radius and yet leading very different lives in parallel of each other. India is a very diverse country in terms of culture, languages, but above all in economic status and diversity of wealth. Metropolitan cities like Delhi NCR have the richest CEOs from fortune 500 companies and also 100s of people die of malnutrition every year. We took the subject as our project proposal to create more awareness about the matter and to design for a cause, to bridge the gap between the two parallel lives and have them connect and share and learn from each other. Our design proposed to create an interaction park between the kids from two strata of the society. To populate the park, we also designed a few innovative devices, made completely out of waste materials that children can play with and learn from.
We won the competition and were placed at the second position. The jury appreciated our idea and intention behind the designed proposal. The idea was very well received by the visitors at the open-panel exhibition and people were intrigued to know if we could execute the project on the actual proposed site. Incidentally, we did execute the same idea for UOW competition, I encourage you to check out that project as well.
Submitted Report: Summarising the idea and intention behind the proposal, as well as design interventions and designed inventions.
Panels Submitted: Explaining the site context, present-day scenario vs redesigned site and impact on the surroundings. Please read through the sheets to understand the design intent and impact of breaking the barrier. Sheets also briefly explain the inventions we created out of waste materials, for children to be inspired, learn and play with
Me and Arko (centre) were awarded with the second position trophy for our ANDC proposal at Purnima University, Jaipur, India.
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