Mobitecture - Design X Design’s new competition encourages creation of ‘movable habitats’

Mobitecture - habitat on the move

Design x Design in association with Ant Studio, has launched an International Online Design Competition entitled ‘Mobitecture - habitat on the move’.

An initiative dedicated towards collaborating with various creative communities in India, Design x Design is also responsible in raising awareness on various relevant issues. The primary aim behind this endeavour of Design x Design is to encourage architects, students, professional designers and all creative thinkers globally; to put their innovative acumens at a test and concoct a layout which functions as a first step towards building our utopian world. “Humans are nomadic by instinct. In the broader evolution of humankind through time, the notion of settling down to make home and hearth, is relatively a recent phenomenon which has created more problems than solved for the species. Designing a mobile habitat or a habitat on the move is an avante-garde way to allow individuals of all professions to explore the built environment of the future”, states Iftikar Mulk Chishti - Principal of Studio IF and Convenor of Design x Design.

Along with proposing deployable residential modules, the brief of this International competition also entails an aspect of sustainability. The designed entries must cater to the immediate requisites of the environment, thus imbibing an eco-friendly approach. “To live in harmony with other forms of life on earth; and with nature as a whole should have come naturally to us, but that has not been the case”, states the Principal Architect of Ant Studio - Ar. Monish Siripurapu. Popularly known for designing projects which target to influence ‘greener’ lifestyles, Ant Studio also advocates the merge of technological advancements with sustainable solutions - to create germane built concepts. Explaining the requirement of creating ‘greener’ built structures for the competition and the world at large, Ar. Monish further elucidates, “Due to the over exploitation of resources and other toxic practices, we are at the brink of the topple. It is about time that we save this benediction called Earth; and conceive perspectives that are fresh yet comply with current contemporary obligations.”

Launched on 1st October 2020, the registrations have been now declared open for participants. The Early bird registrations will remain open till the end of this month, while the Standard registrations will be accepted till the 30th of November. A final round of late registrations will be operable till 15th of December, which will also mark the last date for submitting all entries by participants. Individuals from all across the world; irrespective of their gender, creed, nationality or profession may participate - singularly or in groups of three. The design brief, regulations and terms & conditions are available at their website, in downloadable pdf formats. The esteemed panel of Jury, housing noted designers from all over the world, has been released on their website including James Law (James Law Cybertecture), Janet Salem (UNEP), Alireza Taghaboni (Studio Next), Iftikar Mulk Chishti (Studio IF) and Monish Siripurapu (Ant Studio).

The Winner will be awarded with a cash prize amounting to 1,00,000 INR, followed by 60,000 INR for the First Runner Up and 40,000 INR for the Second Runner Up. All the above awards will be accompanied with a certificate from Design x Design and Ant Studio. Apart from this, the work of seven honourable will be published on the official website of Design x Design and awarded with certificates.
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