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Sabli is a site of historic significance that now lays desolate and abandoned, under the layers of time. The site that comprises of temples and water structures, lies close to the edge of a village that was once sacred, 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 those who travelled from one city to another.


The historic structures of Sabli today seem to encapsulate not only those memories and imprints of the ancient but also those of the recent eras. As water levels rose due to the 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.'



the historic cultural landscape of Sabli





x 2  A1 Design proposal

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


Pratyush Shankar  (Curator)


Dean at SEDA Navrachana University, Vadodara, India

Gurjeet Singh Matharoo


Founder Matharoo Associates  Ahmedabad, India

Seema Khanwalkar


Social Scientist and Adjunct Professor, Faculty of Design, CEPT University

Discover. Deconstruct. Reclaim.

₹ 3,000
(For Indian participants)

(For international participants)


Early Registration
 20th September -  20th October

₹ 5,000
(For Indian participants)

(For international participants)


Regular Registration
 (20th October - 20th December)

Registration Fees

*All deadlines are scheduled at 11:59 pm IST

Competition Launch
20th Septmeber '23



Submission Deadline
20th December '23


Announcement of Winners
1st February '24



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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.

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

  5 Honourable Mentions
  + publication feature  
  + certificate of achievement

+ publication feature  
  + certificate of achievement

₹ 15,000
Runner - Up


₹ 50,000

₹ 65,000
Grand Total Prize


Competition Kit

Sabli, once sacred, holds notable structures from yesteryears that lie in a state of dismay & ignorance. This is a design challenge in an effort to bring awareness and pose ways of engaging with the forgotten layers of the rich Indian history.

*The regsitration fees are exclusive of the transaction charges

The Challenge

The litmus test of any design proposal will lie in its ability to address the issues, raise pertinent questions and establish a fresh perspective on a forgotten landscape such as Sabli. The participants need to revive or redevelop the area through an architectural or/and landscape intervention. While the program of the intervention is left open for the participants to define and articulate, the new intervention should aim to bring the area under the public eye.

The Design intervention can be of any scale or size. However, it should be limited to the area just adjacent to the tank. (refer to the red box in drawing XXX) .

It could deal with any issue that participants feel is relevant for the project. By imparting meaning to the site, the intervention should respect and enhance not only its ecological condition but also take into consideration the nearby communities and other stakeholders in its revitalization.

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