An International Design Competition for Housing Every Indian

4250 Registrations
414 Entries

The results of the competition have been announced
at an award ceremony on 27th April, 2018.





The Inspiration:

The “Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana' (PMAY) is not just an infrastructure dream, (it is a mission). It is not meant to create walls or to provide land. It is a big program to fulfill the dreams and aspirations of the people. It aims to give every single Indian a house.”

- Prime Minister Narendra Modi




The Looming Task Ahead: 

  • 10 Million Houses for the Homeless – Year 2019
  • 20 Million Houses for Urban Poor – Year 2022


The Initiative:

A vision to house every Indian by any yardstick is both an ideal and a mammoth task to achieve. But achieve it we must. The growing issue of homeless people in India is one that needs to be tackled on a war footing and any talk of India being a developed nation before giving its every citizen a safe shelter is but a sham. 

We believe shelter is a fundamental right that every Indian should have. 

Such an ambition requires enormous political will and, the PMAY is a step in that direction. But the government can’t do it alone. This is the time when we need inspired and consistent collaboration between our nation builders, the engineering and architectural fraternity and the government to make the seeming impossible possible. 

The competition "Building for a Billion" is but one such call for a seminal collaboration.



Competition Category


Competition Category I – Housing (Urban Poor)

As our cities grow each of them has a diverse narrative of migrants who make the city their home. This category of the competition invites the participant to investigate this changing narrative of the city and envision the future form of the home for these billions.

Please also refer to Outline: PMAY – Shehari


Competition Category II – Housing (Rural Poor) 

The issues facing housing in rural areas are distinct. Unlike urban areas, space is not a constraint. Lack of budgets, unavailable professional intervention and an increasingly irrelevant typology has resulted in most housing in the rural areas of India being impermanent and unreliable structures. Here, basic amenities like sanitation and water supply are far removed. The competition seeks to encourage participants to look at contextual, sustainable and affordable alternatives to this issue. 

Please also refer to Outline: PMAY - Gramin



Competition Challenge:                                             

The competition entries are invited in two sub-categories for each of the two categories:


  • UNBUILT (Proposed) Settlements: 

This segment invites entries for effective housing on urban or rural parcels which have been proposed or are ideas that offer solutions to of the criteria mentioned as part of the PMAY outline. The proposals can be already envisioned plans or ideas that have been generated as a response to this competition. 


  • BUILT Housing: 

This segment calls for entries that are built solutions for the problem of housing for the forgotten strata of the society. These can be projects that have been built within the last five years. Existing national or international (within the specificity of the competition brief) examples in mass housing which have been executed can be submitted as the primary idea. 

In both the above cases, the proposals must be adapted to a specific site in India, with context to its surroundings, climatic conditions etc. The solutions should be seen as a mass housing response sited on a specific identified parcel.


UltraTech Cement Limited is the largest manufacturer of grey cement, white cement and ready-mix concrete in India and 4th largest producer globally (excluding Chinese players). Spanning operations in five countries - India, UAE, Bahrain, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka, it has an installed capacity of 93 million tonnes per annum. UltraTech Cement is also India's largest exporter reaching out to meet the demand in countries around the Indian Ocean and the Middle East. 

UltraTech Cement provides a range of products that cater to the various aspects of construction, from foundation to finish. Build Beautiful, UltraTech’s official theme, inspires engineers and architects to stretch the limits of their imagination to create homes, buildings and structures that define the new India. 


For any queries about the competition,
contact us at;


Phone: +91 22 2648 3164 / 65



Competition Brief for Urban Poor (Un-Built):


Part 1: Site Selection  


Part 2: Solutions 




Competition Brief for Urban Poor (Built):



Step 1:


Step 2: 



Specific Instruction for All Participants

Strict adherences to the PMAY (Urban Guidelines)



Broad Criteria to be Maintained: 


Special Note: Correct and complete adherence to the guidelines and parameters as outlined in the PMAY (Urban & Rural Schemes) must be maintained at all times. 



Competition Brief for Rural Poor (Un-Built):


Part 1 : Site Selection  


Part 2: Solutions 





Competition Brief for Rural Poor (Built): 


Step 1:


Step 2: 



Specific Instruction for All Participants

Strict adherences to the PMAY (Rural Guidelines) 


Broad Criteria to be Maintained: 

Special Note: Correct and complete adherence to the guidelines and parameters as outlined in the PMAY (Urban & Rural Schemes) are to be maintained at all times. 



The Jury will evaluate entries on the basis of a balanced approach between interpretation of the concept through the medium of local materials including cement/concrete, design aesthetics, technical excellence and ability to inspire a global audience. Weightage will be given on the due translation of the following parameters: 


  1. Clarity in Interpretation of the Competition Intent


  1. Speed of Construction  


  1. Balance between Aesthetics and Structural Efficiency within Given Area 


  1. Innovation in Material Usage 


  1. Responsibility to Economy & Environment 



Please note that the entry/entries must be submitted as per the mentioned guidelines for it to be considered valid. Any missing or incomplete information will be considered as a basis of disqualification. 






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