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[co]design 2011: A Future Beyond Concrete

Location :
Submission Deadline :
Registration Deadline :
Award :
see body of post
Jury Members :
To be announced
Type :
Open to all, International, Student Competition
Admission fee :
$25, $35, $70

[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. A Future Beyond Concrete is an initiative of community oriented design ([co]design studio).


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 re-adapting, evolving or promoting an existing material or process of making. Use the background material provided to frame, explore and develop your design concepts.
There are two design options: design new ways or adapt old ways

Design option 1

[co]design 2011:A Future Beyond Concrete is interested in receiving designs for innovation in new materials and processes for concrete.
This could be:

  • An eco-alternative product
  • A new material or process of making
  • A way to creatively re-use concrete
  • A construction method that reduces the use of concrete.

Design option 2

  • Take an existing material or local technology, and make it relevant for this project context. For this option you could, for example:
  • Search the Open Architecture Network for existing materials and technologies and adapt these to the Bangalore Housing project;
  • Take a local technology and create a training method or an entrepreneurship model that could turn the technology into a viable industry.
  • Repackage an existing material – take an old technique and rebrand it for a new audience.


Download the full Competition Brief PDF 


  • May 16, 2011—Competition Announcement
  • July 05, 2011—Registration Deadline
  • August 09, 2011—Submission Deadline
  • August September 20, 2011—Winner + Runner-ups Announced

Admission fees

  • USD $25 Students
  • USD $35 Professionals
  • USD $70 for groups of up to four students
  • USD $70 Companies and organisations
  • USD $0 Entries from developing countries


An India tour with Gecko’s Adventures + your design prototyped

Jury:To be announced

For more information click here

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