IIA Young Architects Festival to be held in Calicut along with Crossroads 2022

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IIA Young Architects Festival 2022, hosted by the Indian Institute of Architects Kerala Chapter, along with CROSSROADS, organized by the IIA Calicut Centre will be held at Calicut beach on 27th, 28th, and 29th October 2022. The three-day event will see the attendance of over 1,000 architects from all over the country and eminent international architects.

The festival’s most prestigious YAF AWARDS 2022 has been announced and is calling for entries from India’s promising young architects. The entries will be adjudged in categories of Sustainable Architecture, Socially Responsible Architecture, Spaces for Living, Spaces for Collectivity and Collaboration, Architectural Representation or Visualisation, Architectural Detailing, and Ideas for the future. A distinguished panel of jury comprising of eminent architects will assess all the entries in a two-stage process. The event in October shall see live presentations of shortlisted entries.

'Urban Angadi' is the Flea market happening within the venue of YAF, with vibrant and creative entrepreneurs showcasing their exciting palette of products. Calicut city is a celebration of incredible heritage, delicious food, warm hospitality, art, and much more, which provides an infinite number of reasons to visit the flea market, which captures the essence of the city. The stage is set for the festival, with musicians enthralling the crowds in one corner, delicious dishes being served in another, and the street filled with stalls of all things shiny, while enthusiastic customers move from one stall to another gleaming at the products.

“The IIA Young Architects Festival 2022 aims to encourage and celebrate the contribution of Young Architects to the profession. This year the IIA Kerala Chapter has the privilege of hosting this magnanimous event at Calicut. We take pleasure in reintroducing the YAF Awards in an all-new format by awarding the entire practice and not just an individual project. This shall be a benchmark created to bring the nation’s most talented practices to the national podium thereby setting the future design trends for the country” said, Ar. Brijesh Shaijal, Convenor, The Indian Institute of Architect’s YAF 2022.

The YAF awards are conjoined with the Calicut Centre’s very own event- CROSSROADS, a forum for relevant architectural deliberations, critical thinking, and ideation in the field of architecture. This edition of CROSSROADS is being curated as a Design Beach Festival celebrating the city, its architecture, design, art, and culture. The Calicut centre is also organizing a design competition titled “REWEAVE KOZHIKODE- Re-imagining the Comtrust Precinct”. The competition has announced cash prizes worth 9 Lakhs for the winners. The last date for submission of entries will be 22nd September 2022.

“It is our endeavour to bring the best of young minds to tackle a design solution for the gem of a precinct in the most beautiful Kozhikode city in God's Own Country, Kerala. The Comtrust precinct in the heart of Kozhikode City has been in the public eye for quite some time now. How more relevant can it be to inquire into the future of the heart of the city? This Competition shall be of utmost relevance to the city, and we hope the entries inspire the fraternity along with the Government to revive the area in its nurtured totality” said Ar. Noufal C. Hashim, Convenor, CROSSROADS, IIA Calicut Centre.