Team Ferb from IDEAS proposed an innovative idea of a kinetic façade as part of their entry for the Solar Decathlon.

They have been selected to develop their idea with ClimateLaunchpad India for Business Incubation.

Streets for People Challenge, Aurangabad

The competition was looking for economical solutions that are quick, innovative and easy to test. The goal was to make streets safe, healthy and happy for all public spaces.

Guided by Quotes from Jan Gehl –

A good city is like a good party, people stay longer than really necessary, because they are enjoying themselves. – Jan Gehl

In city everything will be done to invite people to walk and bicycle as much as possible in the course of their daily day doings – Jan Gehl

The strategies we adopted were ensuring –

  1. Fair Distribution of space
  2. Safety and Security
  3. Comfort
  4. Sensitivity to local Context
  5. Livability
  6. Environmental Sustainability

CIDCO Street was located in the context of the mixed variety of Land use & Activities, where it was necessary to create vibrant and dynamic Street to Walk + Talk and Play.

Our approach was to first identify challenges and issues seen on streets all over India and then narrow down to the site with a bigger question in mind- Can we create walk able environment on Indian Streets?

After a detail study of activities along the proximity of site, a hourly study of the nature of activities taking along the road and the amount of road traffic we came in a position to identify the Opportunities and Potential of CIDCO street. We adopted a concept of The Street to WALK + TALK + PLAY + JOY. Proposed activities and street program were to create an eventful and vibrant street.

The beauty lies in silent and serene nature of the street and surrounding supporting land use which has ability to create successful walk able streets and eventful public space for people. The concept was to create street for all which caters every section of the society and all age groups. Idea of the design was to create entrance plaza having wider spaces, sculptures and terraces which will be perfect approach to start with the eventful public street, as proposed street surrounded by the primary peripheral street, here we can create one way street for vehicular moment and accommodate bicycle track along with infrastructure.

Using place making elements, reorganizing existing activities and introducing new activities with utmost care of the needs of the surrounding community we tried to create a response to the local context.

Team Ferb from IDEAS was one of the 6 finalists, at national level for the first ever Solar Decathlon India in the Educational Building Division.
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Aditi Itankar (4th year) and Pranav Kakade (5th year) received 2nd prize in an International Design Competition for students of Architecture hosted by Aditya College of Architecture, Mumbai, India.

The project by Saksham Chandekar titled ‘The Enduring Wreck’ received the second prize at the 11th Prof. S. A. Deshpande Studio Design Competition. The project was very well received by the jury and audience.

The documentation of D.D. Nagar Vidyalaya and Police Station complex in Mahal, The Hitavada building on Wardha road, and the Rural Design Studio (Summer 2018) made it to the the top 10 entries at the ‘Students Awards for Excellence in Documentation of Architectural Heritage (2018)’ convened by the Council of Architecture, held at BMCA, Sonipat, Haryana in November of 2018.

The entries were represented by Majid Abidi, Shreeya Gawande and Meenal Bais.

The project by Pratiksha Parad was the first runner up in the 10th Prof. S. A. Deshpande Studio Design Competition held in October of 2018.

Students won the competition for face lifting and revitalizing the historical Kasturchand Park hosted by the Nagpur Municipal Corporation in collaboration with the Heritage Committee, Nagpur. The competition was open to architectural schools across Nagpur and the jury short listed 2 entries.

Devesh Chindhe, Nisha Bothra, Raunak Agrawal, Shurayu Rahate, Simran Sharma, and Sonali Fulwani (2012 batch, 5th year) worked on the proposal under the guidance of Prof. Ketan Kimmatkar and Prof. Abhay Purohit.

On 21st April 2017, they were honored in the presence of Guardian Minister Chandrashekhar Bawankule and Collector Sachin Kurve of Nagpur.

IDEAS and SMMCA, were declared joint winners in the first round of the competition.

Akshay Mahatme, Sakshi Jumde and Umang Agrawal (batch 2013) won the design challenge hosted by Everest Building Solutions. The competition was conceived to witness the creativity of students from design and architecture using exclusive materials manufactured by the company.

Their work will be recognized by Design Perspective, Nagpur edition.

“Landscape:Change is the only constant”

“Depth of the Matter” the entry by Kshitij Chawda & Amol Pogare (5th year) won first prize in the LFI Competition 2016


It is remarkable for its novelty and experiential quality. Created spaces are direct, palpable, simple and with a legible form. Proposed program of space generates and promotes activities. Solution relies on minimalist approach with subtle interventions creating innovative quality of spaces that are perceivable in the assemblage. The theme “change” is addressed in a variety of ways: in experiences, in foliage of trees as seasonality, in the shadows in paved courtyard reflecting passage of time from day to night, in tides as water rises and recedes and in patterns of activities.

Students win the Juror’s Choice Award for ICOMOS (International Council on Monuments and Sites), India – Louis I Kahn trophy at the 58th Annual NASA convention held in February 2016 at GCPIA – Veer Narmad South Gujarat University, Surat.

IDEAS wons the 7th Prof. S. A. Deshpande studio design competition.

Drishika Yerawar stood first in the competition while Prabhat Tripathy was awarded commendation prize.