Neo Delhi – Re-writing the capitol

2019-03-14 ~ 2019-08-26
Urban design

Competition introduction

Type: Urban Design

Organizer: Commun 

Partner: Young Bird Plan

Eligibility: Unlimited

Location: New Delhi, India

Submission deadline: August 26th, 2019


About Competition

New Delhi, the capital of India – is the seat of power of the largest democracy. This city has been continuously inhabited since the 6th century BC. Through most of its history, Delhi has served as a capital of various kingdoms and empires. It has been occupied, demolished and re-written several times, particularly during the medieval period till the last century. But today, as New Delhi is identified more by a larger territory called the National Capital Region, the scale at present is beyond comparison to the past kept in context. This region is now a host of sprawling built masses and various emerging megacities.

Connaught Place, fondly called “CP”, practically forms the City Centre of Delhi. Conceived as a commerce hub or CBD by the British it has been constantly growing and becoming one of the most vibrant recreational and institutional space attracting local, regional and international visitors throughout the year. CP then slowly became a hub of many things – Social (Circus, Events, Protests, etc.), Political (Rallies, Parades, Road Shows, etc.), Cultural (Celebrations, Festivals, etc.), Economic (Workplaces, Business Centers, etc.) and Accessibility (with all the national highways passing through CP). 

If Imperial Delhi (as seen today) is a design written in 1912 conceiving the imperial capital only, it is impossible to completely re-write the city again for the capital of India at this scale. What it really needs today is a wave of micro-rewrites that have the ability to alleviate it from its urban issues. By micro-rewrites, we mean smaller pieces of built environment that are ready for the population capacity it realistically will serve in the coming decades, but keeping the relevance of the place it serves. These new waves of micro-rewrites is conceived as Neo Delhi.

The design brief here is to propose a re-design/re-think the CBD and the heart of public life Connaught Place, based on a city that is more prepared for its inhabitants of tomorrow.


「About Commun 

Commun serves as a unit block for UNI in the field of Urban Design. It intends to break the fusion of traditional design barriers and methodologies by making it a platform for experimentation and conceptual exchange of ideas in urbanism, society, culture and ecology. It is a research initiative dedicated to provide opportunities for designers from all domains to explore ideas that go beyond the boundaries of the discipline and enrich our built environment holistically; thereby opening up possibilities for promotion of urban design
thought at a global level.

UNI is a place for creative people to showcase their work along with the thought process behind it and have discussions around them. We want to tap people’s curiosity and observations to generate conversations and give constructive criticism on art, architecture, products, fashion and more… These conversations build up new knowledge and often sow the seed of a new idea or help in making the creation better.


「About Young Bird Plan

In 2013, Young Bird Plan, founded by Isa Ye, is an international platform for high-quality design competitions. With three key elements: construction, mentor’s guidance and interdisciplinary jury, the platform makes every effort to create opportunities for young designers in China. It is fast becoming a leading voice in global design fields like architecture design, landscaping design, interior design, product design, logo design and fashion design. Young Bird Plan has attracted 879 colleges and universities and 3,388 design institutes in 217 cities of 54 countries.

Since establishment, the platform is committed to providing young designers with more practical opportunities with the concept of “Competition makes a different world”. On the other hand, it constantly connects and meets various demands from political, business, and academic circles and actively fills supply and demand gaps among designers, manufacturers, developers, urban operators and users. As a result, design competition projects and related products focusing on urban space and daily life will be further promoted and perfectly made, which contributes to the urbanization in China. It is one of the most influential design competition platforms in the world.


Prize pool of worth 4000$!

 First Prize: 1500$ (For students and professionals)

 Runner up: 800$ (For students and professionals)

 People’s Choice: 450$ (For students and professionals – Most appreciated project wins this)

 Honorable mention x 2 (Students): 200$ Each

 Honorable mention x 2 (Professionals): 200$ Each