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The Good Governance India Foundation (GGIF) Municipalika Urban Innovation Challenge (UIC) 2015 looked to identify the next generation of innovative solutions to systemic challenges in the urban areas, by under-graduate and post-graduate students, and young professionals from different disciplines.

Ahead of Municipalika 2015, the Urban Innovation Challenge witnessed a great response from various planning, architecture and engineering institutions, students and professionals who were keen to demonstrate their unique ideas with the aim of contributing to an improved built environment.

The theme of this year’s Urban Innovation Challenge was ‘Safe, Sustainable Habitat and Smart Cities’. Innovative ideas under the following solution areas were invited:

MICRO LEVEL – Safe, Sustainable Habitat

The current edition of Urban Innovation Challenge called for ideas that help ensure Safe and Sustainable Habitat, beyond the realm of only residences or housing with a focus on built environment or the environment in general. Solutions for Sustainable Habitat could exemplify excellence, innovation and technological advances in passive and active design, inclusive design, affordable housing, energy efficiency, building management systems, energy generation, water efficiency, rainwater harvesting, waste water management, waste segregation and management and recycling at the building level.

MACRO LEVEL – Smart Cities

This level called ideas that go beyond the definition of smart cities. Efficiency, sustainability, safety, transport systems, planning, affordability, recycling and reuse, healthcare, good governance, education, disaster preparedness, traffic control, energy and water management, all of this also contributes to the smartness of a city. Design ideas that add the Smart quotient to cities were welcomed.

The entries were selected based on the following criteria: identification of a problem or key issues; clarity of the expression of the idea addressing a system-level problem and its solution; solution reflects the needs and matches the resources of Urban India; commitment to serving vulnerable urban population and improving their outcomes; focus and depth in the idea and solution rather than a range of issues.

The jury consisting of esteemed judges – Ar Sandeep Shikre, LEED AP, President & CEO, SSA Architects; Ar Aditi Salway, Manager – Projects, Green Building Consultancy Services, Godrej Electricals & Electronics, Godrej & Boyce Mfg Co Ltd; Mala Singh, Founder and Chairperson, PEC Greening India; Santosh Deodhar, Adjust Faculty, SP Jain Institute of Management and Research; V Suresh, Advisor, Good Governance India Foundation and Former CMD HUDCO, who met and officially announced the winners for 2015.

The list of winners is as follows:

UNDERGRADUATES – MICRO

FIRST PRIZE

Aamer Akhtar Shaikh, MCE Society’s Allana College of Architecture, Pune

SECOND PRIZE

Rajorshi Chatterjee & Sayantani Saha, Jadavpur University, Kolkata

UNDERGRADUATES – MACRO

FIRST PRIZE

Nityam Chourasiya & Akshan Bhide, Madhav Institute of Technology and Science, Gwalior

SECOND PRIZE

Sana Ahrar & Maria Seby, Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi

JOINT THIRD

Anchal Saxena, Madhav Institute of Technology and Science, Gwalior

JOINT THIRD

Kapil Patidar & Akshay Revekar, Madhav Institute of Technology and Science, Gwalior

PROFESSIONALS – MICRO

FIRST PRIZE

Shruti B Gokhale & Nikhil R Bharadwaj, JK Design Studio Pvt. Ltd.

SECOND PRIZE

Mukhar Singh & Jaisila Walia, M Moser Associates

THIRD PRIZE

Shantanu Subramanium, Vikas Dilawari Conservation Architects

SPECIAL MENTION

Kannan Gopalakrishnan, Habitat Design Studio

Nishanth Kathula, L&T Construction

Prof Imran I Pathan

PROFESSIONALS – MACRO

FIRST PRIZE

Mahavir Singh, Chandigarh College of Architecture

SECOND PRIZE

Rohan Chavan & Pankaj Bhagwatkar, Urban Storys

THIRD PRIZE

Pritam Dey, Architectonic Services & Dibya Sen, Piloo Mody College of Architecture

FOURTH PRIZE

Animesh Behera, Studio Mathrubhumi

SPECIAL MENTION

Rajlaxmi Sanjay Khatu, Kapadia Associates

Aditya Vinod, Ink Weave Design Studio

Mohit Basuk & Prajakta Sawalkar, Across Beyond Development Consultancy Pvt. Ltd.

Atanu Das, AECOM

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