Pura – Designing safe interfaces between humans and nature

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PREMISEEvolution and origination of humankind have been cradled by planet earth and its range of living species. We formed a part of the ecosystem which coexisted with all other forms of fauna that had emanated from the same. Since the period of evolution began, humans attained complete consciousness in a shorter span. With this emerged an inevitable era of development, changing the scenario of the natural environment and humans that had been prevailing for centuries. Gradually the changing relationships of the elements, namely ecosphere and humans reiterated their composition in the environment. There was a detachment established in the wake of development. The alliance we shared was not symbiotic anymore, creating invisible barriers that had never existed previously. The distance that grew with the thriving urban domain has now asymmetrically depleted the wildlife and its diversity. The virtual walls that built two different environments have in a way protected and preserved the wildlife. Should the disassociation that has been built parallelly be existing as well? DISCONNECTThe subconscious learning that takes place due to an interaction with nature and its components is essentially invaluable. When we started building civilizations and began living in clusters, their contact with nature remained closely knit, until the past five decades. The encroachments of land for food and living became indispensable. Eventually, the unprecedented growth leads to the creation of a barrier that protects them from their depleting habitat. It was necessary to maintain limits to prevent a complete override by humans. The growth trajectory of humankind that we see today is inevitable which initiated this shift in the ecosystem. National Parks, Wildlife sanctuaries are refuge created for preserving the Fauna and Flora where the Animal diversity thrives. Such regions also house unplanned interfaces to allow us to percolate which are commonly human-centric that needs to change. BRIEFA permanent solution to balance nature and mankind needs to be re-established without keeping a man as the centre of the design intervention. Instead, we need to suggest a common ground for all i.e. an-Architecture and Nature, and this be a converging point between the two acting as a virtual podium for them to blend in the environment while they interact silently?
The intervention is expected to be sensitive to the environment it has been placed in. It must ensure an open dialogue without disturbing the reserved area. Space can be an open deck, viewing centre, pavilion, or an observation centre where the visitors can absorb the constituents of natural habitat and its residents. The things that are now being built in the consciousness of the situation can be a balance of both? The participants are free to add any programmatic function to their design idea that resonates with the narrative.OBJECTIVESBalance: Balance between nature and mankind.
Construction: Material usage and construction techniques used must be complacent in the local context.
Sensitivity: The intervention must be sensitive to the environment it is being built in.
SITE: Serengeti National Park, TanzaniaSerengeti national park is located in the Maya and Simiyu regions of Tanzania and is famous for its annual migration of white-bearded wildebeest, zebras, Nile crocodiles and has thelargest concentration of lions. Spread over an area of 14750 km2, it is one of the most diverse national parks of the world and has a variety of geographical terrains including grasslands,riverine forests and woodlands. Situated at one of the corners of the Ngorongoro Crater, the site is near an already existing eco-tourism centre and has a rich green cover around thearea. The topographic level of the site gives a scenic view of the Lake Magadi, which is situated at the base of the crater and a road running nearby. The participants can select an area of 1000 m2 within the region to design their project.
AREA PROGRAMMEReception: 10 sqm.Parking: 40 sqm.Briefing Area: 20 sqm.Viewing Deck: 100sqm.Watch Tower: 20sqm. (Effective)Refreshment Area: 10 sqm.Equipment Store: 10sqm.Housekeeping: 6sqm.
Programmatic elements can be modified in this area programme by participants. 
HOW TO SUBMIT?Read all the competition rules and details from the sidebar, and hit register. You can pay the entry fee and book your registration right away. The additional resources directly unlock as soon as you register on your dashboard.  Once you are ready with your project - begin uploading from the dashboard and follow this tutorial to submit. You can add your team members to your project while submitting. 
RULESYou have to deliver an architectural outcome on the following site, based on the given outlines. • Recommended number of sheets/presentation images/boards: 3 (Three) of size [ 2800px x 3500px ] in portrait digital format (JPEG only).Minimum 3 (Three) & No maximum sheet limit. Each image should be less than 15MB. (Do not submit PNG format)Minimum requisite submissions are sheets/boards + Cover image containing:• Site plan (Compulsory)• Key conceptual sections x 1 (Minimum)• 3D views x 4• Additional cover image of 2000px x 1000px• Write an article/story in the Journal section# of the project (of about 700-1000 words) answering the questions given in the Additional Resources.#Journal Section appears midway in the project submission portal. More instructions in the additional resources.
RESOURCESThis competition contains additional resources that contain a set of files useful to complete the competition submission. This folder is made available on your profile dashboard automatically as soon as you register.These additional resources folder of this competition contains: Submission Format files in PSD | AI |  Site Images & Site Plan + InDD & Guide to Journal Section + Questions
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+ The competitions are open for students and professionals from all the disciplines of design.+ The team limit for this competition is 4 members maximum per team.+ You can register more than one team but they have to be registered separately. + Ensure that the final sheets submitted do not include your name or any other mark of identification. + Your submission is linked to your UNI user account which stands as your identification.+ This is a design ideas challenge only. There is no built commission/realization associated with the problem.+ In case of publication in the yearbook we will reach out separately for selected entries.
+ Use exploded views to discuss multi-levelled conceptual models better.+ Mention sheet number on the corner of every sheet.+ Plagiarism of any idea/form/design/image will be disqualified with a notice.+ All the sheets or images will be viewed on a digital device. e.g. Laptop screen or projector. Uploaded sheets or images will not be physically printed for evaluation. The submission hence should be prepared for digital viewing only.+ Submit JPEG images only. (PNG will not function)
JUDGING CRITERIA & JUDGESThe entries will be judged by an international jury of the competition on the following criteria:Presentation: The fundamental to a good entry is a visual delivery of ideas.Concept/Idea: Quality of thought and intent in the pre-design phase.Spaces/Programme: How the spaces are calculated and ordered. Design Outcome The final architectural outcome of the solution.The judging panel can also add other criteria based on their internal discussions - which will be in line with the problem statement. Participants are advised to fulfil above given criteria first in their design. Names of the jury panel will be announced soon.
YEARBOOKWinners of this competition will get annually published with us in our e-yearbook and annual publications. 
Registration Closes: 7 Dec 2020
Submission Deadline: 8 Dec 2020
Result Announcement: 04 Feb 2021
PRIZESPrize pool of worth 16,000$First Prize: 3800$ (For students and professionals)Runner Up: 6 x 1000$ (For students and professionals)People’s Choice: 4 x 350$ (Open for all)Honorable Mention x 12: 400$ Each
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