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In 2000, the Urban Design Research Institute initiated the annual Charles Correa Gold Medal for the best Design Dissertation from the schools of architecture in India. The medal is an appreciation of quality and talent among young students of architecture, and is meant to encourage them to address issues of the urban context where their projects are located.

Rules for New Schools who would like to participate:
Schools who want to take part should express interest by writing to the UDRI. Schools should offer full time B.Arch. courses for Architecture and are approved by the Council of Architecture. Each entry should be of an architectural project in an urban context.

‘Reinventing Dharavi: An International Ideas Competition’ was conceptualized in 2014 to generate new ideas, concepts and interventions for the sustainable integration of urban issues – affordable housing, livelihoods, health and sanitation, recreation, education, urban design and planning, social and cultural activities, environment, governance, and economics, amongst others. It was aimed to generate an exchange of national and international approaches as well as novel ideas to enhance the existing qualities and future potential of this site that particularly takes into account the needs of residents. The ideas are meant to suggest, and express, an array of multi-disciplinary strategies considered through a range of time structures – from short term to long term, transitory to permanent or staged development cycles.The competition received proposals from over 20 teams comprising of 140 participants across 21 nationalities.

The Mahatma Jyotiba Phule Market, originally known as Sir Arthur Crawford Market covers an area of 2.25 hectares and incorporates the main building which is a Grade I structure in the heritage list. At present the Market activities include wholesale and retail outlets dealing in fruits, vegetables and fish apart from a variety of consumer items like toys, trunks, leather goods, footwear etc.In 1994, the Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai initiated the idea to host a competition to generate ideas which would form the basis for preparation of urban design guidelines to re-organise the market while conserving its architectural heritage. These guidelines and ideas would accompany the lease conditions when the plot was auctioned for development as was planned. The competition was organized by UDRI with funding provided by Tata Housing Ltd.

The competition programme was based on the proposed shifting of the wholesale activities from the Market precinct and the removal of old sheds. The available 1.33 F.S.I. (Floor space index) was to be used in construction of new structures, which would incorporate shopping malls, shopping centres, stores, small shops and related facilities and utilities. The programme envisaged overall improvement of the urban environment with adequate parking facilities, traffic management and other recommendations.

The objectives of the competition were as follows:

  • To obtain urban design concepts for conservation and re-development of Mahatma Jyotiba Phule Market Campus.
  • To guide the development in harmony with the architectural character of the Market and regain the lost urban space within the precinct.
  • To develop the built-form to accommodate the new functions stipulated in the programme in a manner, which reinforces the quality of historic market.
  • To improve traffic conditions in and around the Market.