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Design of a Science Center to Promote scientific temperament.

22/01/2010 by architectural competitions


We, as a nation, have been looking at education, particularly technical education, as a means to satisfy the manpower needs of our planning. Real development of the nation springs from a well developed human resource. The new developments in Biotechnology, Space research, Microelectronics, the computers and all the rest of the Hi-tech will no doubt be of great help to the rural area. But this is not the most important need nor will it bring true development to our weaker sections. True development must put the people and their land on the development path so that thereafter they can contribute to development and not just be the beneficiaries.

The Challenge:

The learning process is not just listening or pen pushing but experiencing and acquiring skills. Intelligence development also depends on giving wide exposure to the student in the formative periods. So for practical experience of science learning one has to design a Science Center for rural areas lying on Delhi-Agra highway.
This Science Center is a Creative Space with a volume of approximate 7500 cubic Meters and there will be maximum 200 users at a time. This design should house permanent and temporary exhibitions, laboratories and workshops, a conference center, cafes, office space and a distinctive competition hall. The dimension of site is 40 m X 60 m with a maximum 30% allowed ground coverage.
This project also aims towards achieving a target of Sustainable building, which comprises, use of eco-friendly construction materials, clean and efficient use of energy and the best of waste management techniques. The form and designed spaces will be representing various fields of knowledge:

• India on the Move
• Human and the Environment
• Practical learning
• Roots of Civilization
• Young Adult Gallery

Candidates can add more spaces according to their needs. Participants can also make any valid assumption related to their design, but must be clearly stated and justified.


This competition is open for all Students. A team may comprise a maximum of three undergraduate students or two Post graduate students.

Submission requirements:

The competition will be held in two stages,

First Stage:

Interested teams can send their conceptual sketches and thoughts explaining their approach towards solving the problem, not exceeding five A4 size sheets, they can either be posted or e-mailed. (Postal address – see bottom) Soft copies, [preferably in .pdf , .doc, .jpeg formats] around 5 Mega bytes in size should be e-mailed to with subject line SPOTLIGHT10 .

Second Stage:

Deserving teams will be short-listed according to the judgment criteria mentioned and will compete for the final stage of presentation. For the final presentation one should give Plans, Sections and elevations on appropriate scale . Candidates can give perspectives and blown up axonometric and walkthroughs explaining the design. A panel of 4 A1 size sheets will be provided for each team, in addition to the LCD Projector for presentations and walkthroughs.

Dead Lines:

Last Date for Registration of teams along with their thoughts on design is 21st Feb 2010. The final presentation will be held during COGNIZANCE ‘10. All the short-listed teams will be contacted individually and the results will also be published on our website.


For all the queries and questions, you can contact:
Manish Singh
Coordinator -Spotlight, Cognizance 2010
Department of Architecture and Planning,
IIT Roorkee, Roorkee, Uttarakhand -247667
phone : +91- 9411502160
E-mail :


  1. Ajay Khanna says:

    Dear Manish

    Who is on the jury for this design competition for the Science Centre?

    Ajay Khanna

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