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Call for Registrations: Thinking Hand International Design Competition 2018

Thinking Hand, a non-profit organisation, calls for registrations to design innovative furniture for neglected communities in India and Africa, in collaboration with Ketham’s Atelier.

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Thinking Hand is a non-profit organization located in Hyderabad India. Thinking Hand’s endeavour is to bring awareness on design and innovation through workshops, exhibitions, lectures, discussions and competitions, and channel them to bring positive change in the society. Previously, Thinking Hand has conducted a workshop “Shelter in Need”, aiming to design a foldable structure, to shelter refugees and other vulnerable groups during disasters. To signify the history, profoundness in architectural design and engineering of our heritage sites, neglected since long, an exhibition and discussion “Trails” was held, calling for the attention of civil society and government to usher the immediate protection that these heritage sites deserve.

Recently, in collaboration with University of Innsbruck an “Indo-Euro workshop” was held to bring design solutions for neglected communities, appreciating the efforts university has agreed and pioneered a studio project named E2-energy efficient low cost construction in India. To build effectual dwelling units, ergonomically designed furniture and other interiors are as important as strong external structures, and to bring best design solutions currently an international design competition is announced.

Aims and objectives of the competition

  • To bring awareness among students/professionals how design can help in ameliorating the conditions of society
  • To motivate students and professionals to think out of the box and execute them 1:1 scale
  • To build innovative furniture for the deprived, and contribute to benefit the neglected communities around the world

Competition Design brief

Competition is open to everyone, including students and professionals. Design a furniture, which is ergonomically sound, cost effective, environment friendly and feasible to build in neglected communities. As we all are aware, inhabitants in slums and other neglected communities lack space to accommodate. The furniture designed shall fit and transform from smaller spaces to larger spaces, based on adaptive user need, help them to store, sit, sleep, read, and write and more.

Evaluation criteria

  • Innovative
  • Quality in design
  • Material (Environment friendly)
  • Stability and structure
  • Buildable idea
  • Expressing idea clearly on paper


First, Second, Third and Two special mentions

Ketham’s Atelier Architects would fund those selected designs and help in developing design and construct the prototypes and share it with neglected communities in India and Africa. Winners will receive Trophy, Certificate, TH t-shirt and publication.


National and International jurors from diverse backgrounds (Jurors list shall be announced on 26 January 2018)

Registration deadline: 26 January 2018

(Anyone interested in designing can participate). Send your details to [email protected] and mention why you would like to participate in competition

  1. Name
  2. School/College/Profession
  3. Age
  4. Address
  5. Phone number (Once registered, you will receive unique ID number by email)

Entry: Free (one person can submit only one project)

Project submission format

  • Online submission to [email protected]
  • Maximum three A3 size sheets (landscape format)
  • Maximum text 500 words, which expresses idea clearly. Scale of thedrawings is up to participant’s choice
  • Mention your Unique Registration ID number on top right handcorner of the sheet
  • Submit your entry on or before 20 February 2018 at 11:59 PM IST(Indian Standard Time)

Important Dates

  • Competition Poster and Design brief release: 20 Dec 2017
  • Registration deadline: 26 January 2018
  • Panel jurors poster: 26 January 2018
  • Deadline for online submission: 20 February 2018

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