Pune: The fifth edition of ‘The Drawing Board’, a competition for Southeast Asian architecture students, has been won by Pune students including Purushottam Deut, Nikhil Patne and Somesh Kachavar. All of them are students of VIT’s PVP College of Architecture and have received a cash prize of Rs 50,000, according to an official statement.

This is the fifth year that the competition was jointly organized by Bangalore-based Mindspace Architects and Pune-based Rohan Builders. Over 1300 students from 14 countries participated in this competition. The judges of the competition were Takaharu Tezuka, architect of Tezuka Architects of Japan, Bijay Jain, architect of Mumbai’s Studio Mumbai, and Rahul Gore, architect of Opolis Architects, Mumbai.

The first runner-up team is from Chittagong Engineering and Technology University, Bangladesh, with Faisal Hosain, Sumayya Sultana and Rs. 35,000 with certificate Anusha Mukherjee and Naman Shroff of Amity University, Kolkata, won the third podium finisher team. 25,000 with certificate All winners are eligible for a paid internship with Rohan Builders to experience real-world design and execution.

This year’s design challenge is aimed at providing humanitarian living conditions for unstable construction workers in India. To create successful housing for construction workers, they must feel that they are rooted in a particular place. They will be able to feel a sense of community with their neighbors, though they will be able to make a change in families for short periods of time and according to demand for construction. The design should foster a sense of community and participation, the official note added.

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