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Competition Kit

Sabli is a site of historic significance that now lies desolate and abandoned, under the layers of time. The site that comprises temples and water structures in a setting that is now on the edge of a village that was once most sacred one, lying as it was on the historic trade routes of the region. With its temples and tanks that were commissioned by wealthy merchants as acts of piety, the precinct provided relief and shelter to passing merchants who travelled from one city to another. 

The historic structures of Sabli today seem to be encapsulate not only those memories and imprints of the ancient but also those of the recent eras. As water level rose due to construction of a dam in the 1970s, part of the site is now submerged under water. What remains are a few structures on the higher ground; temples and a beautiful five storey deep kund just besides the large water body formed due to the construction of the dam. 



The historic site of Sabli now lies in a state of suspended animation, ravaged by the rhythms of time, the precinct needs perhaps a fresh lease of life, a new sense of purpose, lest it withers away from public consciousness and memory.



Competition Launch
10th March '23

Submission Deadline
10th June '23

Announcement of Winners
1st July '22

*All deadlines are scheduled at 11:59 pm IST


Architecture competition to reimagine a forgotten landscape and its heritage.

Registration fees

Early Registration
 (10th March -  10th April)

₹ 2,400 
(For Indian Participants)

(For all other Participants.
This includes transaction fee)

Regular Registration
 (10th April - 10th June)

₹ 3,200
(For Indian Participants)

(For all other Participants.
This includes transaction fee)


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Remember to mark the e-mail with your unique code.


This competition is open to all. There is no restriction on education, institution or nationality. Registration can be done as an individual or in a group (maximum three participants).


CityLabs India and the Panel in charge will follow the same evaluation criteria that will be assigned based on the following – 

  1. Clarity and quality of the graphic. 

  2. Coherence between the manifesto and the illustration.

  3. Relevance to the theme.





    a written manifesto
- Maximum 250 words

      x 1  A1 Design proposal

- Portrait or Landscape orientation
- Should not exceed 10 MB (300 dpi ) 
- File Name : UniqueCode_Title.jpg



 ₹ 1,00,000
   Grand Total Prize

  5 Honourable Mentions
  + publication feature  
  + certificate of achievement

  3 Curator's Choice
  + publication feature  
  + certificate of achievement

₹ 75,000

 ₹ 25,000
  Runner - Up

+ publication feature  
  + certificate of achievement

*Taxes and Transaction fee may be applicable


Annette Rudolph-Cleff

Professor, head of the Chair of Urban Design and Development at TU Darmstadt


Pratyush Shankar  (Curator)


Dean at SEDA Navrachana University, Vadodara, India

Gurjeet Singh Matharoo


Founder Matharoo Associates  Ahmedabad, India

Reviving Sabli *

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