Madhav is an architect and urbanist. He co-founded an architectural practice in partnership with Vaibhav Dimri after they graduated from the School of Planning and Architecture Delhi in 2001. Formally established in 2004, Anagram Architects is internationally recognised as amongst the top emerging practices in the world with a commitment towards delivering deeply contextual designs that encourage sustainable lifestyles.
Over the years, the practice has garnered much international acclaim, including a nomination for the Aga Khan Award in 2010 and inclusion in the Wallpaper* Magazine’s “Architects Directory 2009”. Its work has been premiated at the Architectural Review’s World Emerging Architecture Awards 2007, the Cityscape Architectural Awards 2008, 2010 & 2016, the Wienerberger Brick Awards 2010, the SAIE Bologna 2010, 2011, and 2012, the Holcim Award for Sustainable Construction 2011, Asia Pacific Design Awards 2012, the International Design and Architecture Awards 2013, the Institute of Indian Interior Designers Awards, National Winner 2017 and the Indipool India's Best Design Studio Award 2017.
Anagram Architects has also featured in the International Architecture Biennale 2010 in Rotterdam and Biennial of Design (BIO23) 2012 held in Ljubljana, Slovenia. They have been included in the Architectural Digest's list of the most influential South Asian designers for 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021, and 2022.
There are about 400+ defunct airstrips and airports according to a 2016 list released by the Government of India. A number of these sites were taken up for redevelopment under the UDAN scheme, but a few of these sites still remain abandoned and undeveloped. It presents us with a unique opportunity to develop our projects and programmes on these airstrips while keeping up with the theme of low-impact, conscious architecture.
This competition offers the choice of a site to the participating teams from the list provided here. The list contains the names of eighteen, now defunct, World War II era air strips in India that lie abandoned and unused today. These sites lie in varying geographical regions, climatic zones, and human contexts. As a result, they put forward exciting challenges and opportunities for diverse socially relevant and responsible interventions.
Deviations from the above in the design schemes presented are not desirable.
The typologies listed below are going to be a part of larger programmes, i.e., participants can include any one of these functions in their programmes. Explore suitable combinations of additional functions and ancillary activities. They are encouraged to further develop their programmes aligned to local conditions and context and the larger theme of the competition—the lightness of the footprint, reversibility of their designs, and the set of values that govern their chosen programmatic function. The final programme is to be developed by the participating teams themselves within the given footprint parameters.
The local community and their needs should be addressed, along with the context and the location, and the fact that there is a 10-year limit to the lease on the land. The new structure should acknowledge the existing structure(s) on the site, the temporality and focus on lean and light construction methods. Please do address one of the following typologies in your designs:
Healthcare and Well-being:
Climatic response and disaster relief:
Ecology and Anthropology:
Site Options: MATRIX of sites and typologies here