A future without concrete? Competition!

Enter this global competition to design sustainable materials and processes for low-income housing in Bangalore, India. The winning design will be scoped to be prototyped and you can win a trip to India with Peregrine Adventures.

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[co]design 2011: A Future Beyond Concrete is an open invitation to all creative minds to engage in finding low-cost, innovative alternatives to concrete, concrete reduction or concrete re-use within the real world context of low-income housing in Bangalore. This is a global competition to design materials, techniques or processes that create sustainable ways of building. A strong winning design will be scoped to be prototyped on the ground in India. The competition is an initiative of community oriented design ([co]design studio). This competition is hosted by the Open Architecture Network.

Design Competition Objectives

There are two starting points: design new ways or adapt old ways. You may choose to look at an innovative design for a single material or construction technique. Equally the innovation could be readapting, evolving or promoting an existing material or process of making. Use the background material provided to frame, explore and develop your design concepts.

You could…
Create a new material. Define a different method of construction. Engineer a process of making. Rebrand an old technology. Design a new one. Configure a network to disseminate. Employ recycled and reused materials. Pilot a program to share techniques or train people. Market new livelihood opportunities. Foster social entrepreneurship. Imagine real change.
Make it happen.

Design Competition Outcomes

The winning design will be scoped to be prototyped on the ground in India, and the winning entrant will also win a trip to India! (see Awards below). In addition, [co]design studio will compile all strong entries into a “toolkit” of appropriate and sustainable materials. This way, every entry counts, not just the winning entry. The “toolkit” will be used to empower communities all over the world to deliver more sustainable housing projects. Furthermore, within the scoping and prototyping stage we aim to engage the local community as project partners, so it very much becomes their project.


Winning Entry
The winner will receive a Gecko’s Adventure tour to India, courtesy of Peregrine Adventures. We will be giving away 1 place on any guaranteed 8-day The Taj & Wildlife tour. You can have a look at it here: http://www.geckosadventures.com/trips/gitw (terms and conditions apply)

The winning entry of this competition will be scoped to be prototyped on the ground in Bangalore as part of the Bangalore Housing project. The winner will be featured on the Open Architecture Network and other online innovation networks.

Shortlisted entries

Featured on the Open Architecture Network and other innovation networks. 

 All viable entries

All viable entries will be compiled into an appropriate technology toolkit for use by our project partner and other community organisations on future projects.

  Key Dates

May 16, 2011 Competition Announcement
June 28, 2011 Registration Deadline
August 09, 2011 Submission Deadline
August 20, 2011 Winner + Runner-ups Announced



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