University of Westminster

International Design Competition 2015-’16

A Design Challenge to transform 100 disused public spaces in several cities and towns in South Asia.

The design competition 2015-’16 is a collaboration between the University of Westminster, National Association of Students of Architecture India and Massive Small.


Over 500 undergraduate architecture students from 42 towns and cities in South Asia have undertaken the design challenge to transform disused public spaces in their towns and cities. The competition is inspired by the Clean India Mission.

Several transformations have already taken place within a timespan of four months. The students have not only designed the public spaces but also physically implemented their proposals using recycled materials. Reaching out to local communities and stakeholders and raising funds for their individual projects, has been an essential part of the process of transformation.

The shortlisted entries are now working closely with local authorities to give each of their projects longevity and scope for further development.

This is your chance to vote for the shortlisted entries and support the works of upcoming architects in South Asia! Click the ‘like’ button at the bottom of the video to vote.

Your vote will help motivate these young creative minds and will count towards the final jury of the competition in February 2016.

Find out more about the design challenge.

A quick description of Massive Small theory:

Governments alone cannot solve all the problems of urbanisation. We must mobilise people’s latent creativity, harnessing the collective power of many small ideas and actions. This happens whenever people take control over the places they live in, adapting them to their needs and creating environments that are capable of meeting the challenges of the future. When many people do this, it adds up to a fundamental shift: This is what we call MASSIVE SMALL change. To unleash MASSIVE SMALL, we need our systems to change: There is a tremendous amount of energy out there, but all too often it is obstructed by top-down systems from replicating and scaling up, which must happen for it to make a significant real world impact. We need a new set of ideas, tools and tactics to help engaged citizens, civic leaders and urban professionals to work together to build a viable urban society. The MASSIVE SMALL COMPENDIUM, our collection of initiatives, shows how.

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