Micro Nation Challenge 3 Inhabit Competition, Architecture Contest 2020

Micro Nation Challenge 3 Inhabit Competition

16 Oct 2020


“The architect’s role is to fight for a better world, where he can produce an architecture that serves everyone and not just a group of privileged people.”
– Oscar Niemeyer

When COVID-19 hit us, it hit us hard. Many lives were affected. Many businesses went down, many people lost their jobs, and a lot of them lost their lives. Government took various steps to compensate its peoples’ loss. Many schemes were launched, many funds were raised. A lot of NGOs (Non Government Organizations) came forward to help. Every person helped the needy in whatever way it was possible.

But, are only humans effected from this? Are only humans dying?
To find the answer, let’s just go for a 2 minute walk down your street. What did you see? Who else lives in these streets apart from humans?

Yes, stray animals.

According to the global stats,
After COVID-19 hit the world, 2,56,374 stray dogs died due to hunger.
Around 20,000 pet animals like dogs, cats and even cows at milk dairies were left on streets because their owner did not have money to feed them.

No doubt, there were NGOs and other organisations working day-in and day-out to feed such animals. But is that enough?

There are many stray dogs and cats that were dependent on left-overs from hotels and restaurants, which they did not get during lock-down period.
What about them!

Yes, lives are coming back on track and hotels and restaurants are reopening. People have started going to their work place again. But that does not change the fact that this crisis occurred and our stray animals are dependent on us.

Micro Nation Challenge 3 Inhabit Competition

Micro Nation Challenge 3 Inhabit Contest


Micro Nation is here with a challenge to design a small living unit for stray animals (dogs, cats, cows etc.) at street level, where there is facility of dumping your leftovers and vegetable peels for stray animals.

1. The unit should have the facility of shed for these animals for times like rain and winter.

2. There is no minimum or maximum area restriction. But the unit size must be conventional for construction in street colonies.

3. It should be self sufficient and must not require any official for maintenance. Weekly cleaning by government dirt pickers must do.

4. It should be a prototype that could be copied wherever needed, with bare minimum changes (if required).


Submit an A2 sheet with atleast the following requirements:

1. Plan
2. Section (Minimum 1)
3. View (Minimum 1)
4. Concept
5. Approximate cost
6. Design explanation (Word limit: 150words)
7. Team code to be mentioned at the top right corner of the sheet.
8. Submission must not include your Name, School or Organization which gives away your identity.
9. All dimensions should be imperial or metric unit.


Cash prize worth INR 12,000.

Cash Prize of INR 7000 + selection for implementation* + Acknowledgement on social media and website+ certificate

1st Runner Up:
Cash Prize of INR 3500+ selection for implementation* + Acknowledgement on social media and website+ certificate

2nd Runner Up:
Cash Prize INR 1500+ selection for implementation* + Acknowledgement on social media and website+ certificate

5 Honorable Mentions:
Acknowledgement on social media and website+ certificate

Participation certificate for all participants.

The top 3 designs will be sent further to authorities for approval of implementation. And if the design gets approved, it will be in the name of the participants only.
(*It is not necessary, that the project gets approved for implementation)


Registration deadline: 25th November 2020

Submission deadline: 30th November 2020

Result Announcement: 10th December 2020

The following dates can be a subject of modification, if necessary


Timeline Indian participants International participants

Early bird registration 300 INR 6USD
16th-31st October 2020

Regular registration 360 INR 9USD
1st-15th November 2020

Late registration 450 INR 12USD
16th-25th November 2020

A team can have up to 3 members. If all the members of a team had participated in both of our previous competitions, they can avail 15% discount in registration fees till 31st October, 2020. Send us the certificates of MNC1 AND MNC2 (of all the members) at [email protected] to avail the discount offer.


Submit in .jpeg format of size not more than 5mb.
Sheet name: Your unique code ( MNC3-XXX)
Send your entry at: [email protected]
Subject of the mail: Your unique code (MNC3-XXX)


Plan Layout
Cost efficiency
Sheet composition
Innovative ways to tackle the problem


1. What is the nature of the competition?
‘ INHABIT’ is an open idea design competition challenge which is open for students, professionals & for any individual with creative mind.

2. Who can participate in the competition?
Architecture students, Architects, Interior Designer, Civil engineers & anyone with creativity can participate in the competition.

3. How many members can be a part of a team?
A team can have maximum 3 members. You can also participate individually.

4. Will every participant get certificate of participation?
Yes, each registered participant will receive an e-certificate.

5. What should be done in case a payment mode in not available in a particular country?
In such case we request the participants to write about the issue at [email protected] to get other payment options. We will send all possible payment methods.

6. How will a team gets its Unique Identification Code?
The Unique Identification Code ( UIC ) will be mailed on your registered e-mail address within 24 hrs after completing the registration process. There is only one UIC code for all the team members of a team.

7. What is the use of Unique Identification Code?
All the participants are requested to use their UIC at the top right corner of your submission as it is your identity for the competition related processes.

8. What to do if a participant does not receives the UIC after making payment?
In such case the participants are asked to mail their payment receipt [email protected].

9. Does the 150 word limit includes legends & one-liners in the sheet?
No, the 150 word limit is for the proposal explanation only and it does not include the legends & one-liners on the sheet

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