Speed is
the essence

Large scale endeavours and accelerated adoption of the broad tenets of the SDG framework is the key to the success of India 2030. With speed as the cornerstone for any solution, the design proposed must be aligned to create impact and help the nation achieve its SDGs.

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Refer to the link to access the latest and previous SDG reports : https://www.niti.gov.in/reports-sdg

Step 1

Adopt a sustainable development goal

Select a segment either from a Rural or Urban context, which forms a large part of the building component of the SDGs. Given the setback caused by the current scenario, the innovative solution could be varied in nature.


In urban areas, it could be the absence of adequate housing facilities and infrastructure for the migrant workers. Or it could be the many slum dwellers who are dishoused by the infrastructure or development projects. There is a strong need for a humane design solution which nurtures the very people who support turning of the invisible wheels of commerce.


In rural areas, the solutions could be for the homeless, the people living on the fringes of the village. Or they could be for the migrants who have returned home to make a new living for themselves. It could also be mass low-cost housing for entire communities that are to benefit from the PMAY-G schemes but have no idea how to go about doing so.

Let's get to the drawing board

Outline the conventional solution. Ask questions like - how many resources this proposed project would take in a typical manner of construction (numbers of months/cost/system of construction/materials, etc.). For example, housing for 100 people may normally take up to a year from the start of work to finish and handover using a certain amount of funds, based on the goals of the PMAY-G.

Come up with a path breaking solution

Does your innovative design solution radically improve the time and/or the cost of construction? Remember, the primary material palette should mandatorily include cement (in any form). Now outline how the project mentioned can be completed in record time with the use of optimal resources.

Get creative

Use graphical or numerical comparison to show how the proposed design and system is faster and better than a conventional one.

What's the scale of your project

Is your solution best suited for a series of single housing units or a large mass housing one? Either way the proposal must ensure a quick but effective turnaround.

Step 2

A Solution

The idea must necessarily address the issues of how people live in dignity, even though space may be small. The provision of robust infrastructure, small amenities that can make a huge difference in the quality of life. A pukka house made of concrete, providing maximum comfort conditions for the users will be the way forward. The design intervention should primarily be concrete based, buildable at the shortest time, long-lasting, scalable and replicable in many geographies.

Build with speed

Speed is the need of the hour. Therefore, newer methods of construction such as the Volumetric Modular Construction, Design for Manufacture and Assembly (DFMA), a combination of GFRC and concrete and such other technologies from all over the world can be studied and improvised upon.

Focus on quality and time

The design solution must be quickly constructible and at the same time, it must create nurturing spaces that leave the inhabitants satisfied. This is where the combination of an architect and engineer is required to optimise the aesthetic and engineering aspects of the programme.

Is it adaptable

How the replicable units come together, with meaningful interstitial spaces will be a critical component of the design as the present-day would be the forte of the architect.

Is it futureready

The ideal technology and incorporating it to achieve longevity, the economy of time and resources would be the forte of the engineer.