ZOOTOPIA-2021 is an attempt to involve the creative minds of our nation in the exercise to bridge the gap between multi-disciplinary fields of architecture, design and zoo management. The aim is to generate awareness about conservation of wild animals, their habitat, all aspects of captive animal welfare and zoo ecosystem in the development sector. It is an open design competition which aligns with our Hon’ble Prime Minister’s vision of an Atmanirbhar Bharat by promoting the indigenous talents of the country and providing the young students a national-level platform to showcase their creativity.

This program shall involve and encourage students and young creative minds from the field of architecture/ planning/ design to work innovatively towards a vision of transforming Indian zoos as per global standards and with an aim to bridge the gap between nature and mankind, by generating awareness about animal welfare and zoos.

  • The challenge is open to students (in teams) from the field of architecture, design, planning, architectural conservation, interior design, urban design, museum design, etc.
  • Team size may vary from 3 to a maximum of 5 members. May form a multidisciplinary team (but not mandatory).
  • The competition is open to Indian nationals and studying in India.

Other criteria –

  • Participants can be currently enrolled students of Bachelor’s degree such as B.Arch. / B.Plan / B.Des. OR
  • Graduated B.Arch/ B.Plan/ B.Des not before April 2019 OR presently pursuing Master’s degree such as M.Arch/ M.Plan/ M.Des/ OR Master’s in Environmental/ Animal and Social Science
  • Students registered/ currently enrolled in a course under Council of Architecture, IUDI, ITPI, ISOLA, etc.

The Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEFCC) is the nodal agency in the administrative structure of the Central Government for the planning, promotion, co-ordination and overseeing the implementation of India’s environmental and forestry policies and programmes.

Central Zoo Authority - a statutory body under the Ministry of Environment Forest and Climate Change, Government of India under the provision of the Wildlife (Protection) Act. The main objective of Central Zoo Authority (CZA) is to complement and strengthen the national effort in conservation of the rich biodiversity of the country, particularly the fauna. Currently there are 152 zoos and 8 rescue centres recognised by the Central Zoo Authority.

Contact details - aim[dot]challenges[at]gov[dot]in

The participants must submit the following -

  • A single A1 sheet in JPEG format (120 DPI Resolution). The file size must not exceed 5 MB
  • 1 min video / process explaining the proposal in MP4 format. The file size must not exceed 20 MB. The Design Proposal must include the following required drawings (but are not limited to):
    • Concept plan that illustrates the idea behind the design idea.
    • Detailed floor plans (Ground floor and first floor) to demonstrate the interior spatial layouts and program (1:200)
    • Elevations and sections must demonstrate materials, texture and the color (1:200)
    • Three-dimensional representation explaining the design which can display the major spatial arrangement of the proposal. Specifically, a perspective of the interior space.
    • The design proposal must include interpretative strategies that can be both digital and non-digital.
    • Detailed drawings that can illustrate the innovative details and cohesive features of the design.
    • Summary: Comprising of the above (only in English language; max 500 words)
    • Estimate of proposal is required (broad costing not detailed).
    • I minute video must include a walkthrough or perspectives and montages which can showcase the design proposal.

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