Winners of the CoVai Open Design Competition are announced

Congratulations to the winning, shortlisted and participating teams!

About the competition

The Coimbatore Municipal Corporation and the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH jointly call all creative minds in the field of urban design, urban planning, architecture, landscape design as well as environmental and social experts to participate in the “Co(Vai)-Design” Open Urban Design Competition (UDC)! 

The Co(Vai)-Design Competition is a national level Urban Design Competition that aims to jointly design and facilitate with a diverse set of stakeholders the implementation of integrated civic projects that are of key relevance to the sustainable development of Coimbatore. The competition seeks to foster an integrated urban development of a site in Koundampalayam (Coimbatore). We are looking for creative ideas to design, develop and implement revitalization of the site to benefit the quality of life of the residents and encourage sustainable development. 

We are exploring ways to make this a participative process, which includes connecting various city stakeholders, understanding local context, opportunities and challenges and bridging technical, community-level and institutional gaps across various sectors. Thereby, it is envisaged to become a best practice model for sustainable urban development while increasing the implementation ability of the winning entries.  

The Co(Vai)-Design Competition aims to generate dynamic, climate responsive and integrated design interventions that revitalizes the place in a contextually sensitive and sustainable manner. Apart from a master plan for the entire UDC area, integrated design approaches for two key sub-sites have to be identified and developed, which can revitalise this location in the city of Coimbatore. 


  • 13th January, 2021
    Competition announcement and registration opening
  • 31st Jaunary, 2021
    Registration deadline (11:59pm IST)
  • 3rd February, 2021
    Design Data Package download (only for the eligible teams)
  • 3rd February, 2021
    Link for submission of entries (only for the eligible teams)
  • 21st February, 2021
    Deadline for sharing participant’s queries and clarifications (Maximum 5 questions per team)
  • 17th March
    Deadline of submission of entries (11:59 IST)
  • First Week of April, 2021
    Notification to the shortlisted teams
  • Mid of April, 2021
    Announcement of winning teams

13th January, 2021

Competition announcement and registration opening

31st January, 2021

Registration deadline (11:59pm IST)

3rd February, 2021

Design Data Package download (only for the eligible teams)

3rd February, 2021

Link for submission of entries (only for the eligible teams)

21st February 2021

Deadline for sharing participant’s queries and clarifications (Maximum 5 questions per team)

17th March, 2021

Deadline of submission of entries (11:59 PM IST)

First Week of April 2021*

Notification to the shortlisted teams

Mid of April 2021*

Announcement of winning teams

About the Site

The area identified for Urban Design Competition is Koundampalayam area, adjacent to the Sanganoor Pallam located in Ward No. 9, West Zone of Coimbatore Municipal Corporation. The site has a size of around 105 acres abutting NH-181 to its east connecting the city of Coimbatore to Gundlupete in Karnataka state via Mettupalayam.  In the past, the region used to be a dense forest area, which the name Sanganor, meaning a ‘Town covered with trees’, still indicates. The area was added into the Coimbatore Corporation Limits of the 100 wards in 2011.

Award Process

The top 3 entries, as identified by the jury, will be provided contracts.

These top 3 ideas will be further developed into tangible, implementable solutions in the form of a DPR over a minimum period of 3 months as per GIZ rules.

The top three entries will get an opportunity to present, discuss and develop their ideas with international experts from Germany and India in a 2-day workshop following the exhibition opening.

All three winning team will get an opportunity to present their ideas to the concerned authorities in Coimbatore

Evaluation Criteria

Expected outcomes

  • Creative development plans/ideas for a new urban paradigm 
  • Spatial analyses with effective graphical representations 
  • Spatial concepts for regeneration of the infrastructural services 
  • Sustainable short- and long-term strategies and site-specific solutions 
  • Phase wise implementation strategy of design interventions 
  • Encourage sustainable modes of connectivity 
  • Climate responsive design to support a healthy lifestyle 
  • Response to the local contexts of the site and its surrounding, the present urban development plans/ programmes 
  • The design proposals should be economically viable for its sustenance and maintenance 
  • Inclusion of the marginalised and urban poor into the neighbourhood’s future growth 
  • Ecologically sensitive design for the water channel and its edge, which can establish visual connectivity, accessibility and encourages recreation activities. 
  • Winning teams will be expected to help realise the projects by bringing them to an implementable level in the form of Detailed Project Reports (DPR) under the guidance of the overall master plan.

Team Members

Stories from the Ground


The registration form is provided in the “Registration” tab and also on the “Home” page of the website. Kindly fill all the details and submit the form. Post which you will receive a confirmation email and the copy of the submitted application.

Please check the Chapter 6 of Design Brief document from the “Design Brief” section.

A link to upload the entries will be provided only to the eligible teams through an email by 03rd February 2021. If you are facing any technical errors regarding registration or submission, kindly contact us on:

The date of submission is 17 March 2021 at 11.59pm IST. This will give you a period of 43 days from 3rd Frebruary 2021 to 17th March 2021.

No. There is no Registration Fee to participate in the Co-Vai Design Competition.

No. It can be a team of multidisciplinary individuals with at least one member of the team to be a registered architecture, urban planning, or landscape design professional leading a firm who will enter the contract with GIZ.

Kindly note that from the winning teams, at least one member per team, must be part of a registered Indian company/firm to engage in a contract for him/herself and the other team members. Individual consultants contracted with GIZ cannot hire the services of another individual consultants and charge to GIZ.

You can have a team of minimum 3 members, out of which at least 1 member should qualify all the criteria to be the Lead Member (Stream 1). We highly recommend the team to be multidisciplinary. The name of all the team members should be mentioned in the Registration Form. Please refer to the Chapter 6 of Design Brief document for more details.

No. You can be a part of the team (Stream 2). But at least one member of the team must be a registered architecture, urban planning or landscape design professional who will enter the contract.

Council of Architecture or Institute of Town Planners India are the official registrations required by the Government of Tamil Nadu for Architecture and Urban Planning projects.

Please register in the registration form with your Individual names. If applicable, you can mention the name of your firm in brackets beside your name.

The competition is open to teams (no individuals) made up of professionals and students. Minimum size of the team is 3 members. All team members have to be above the age of 18 years and can be either: 

  • Indian nationals
  • OCI card holders 
  • or Non-Indian professionals holding an Aadhar card/ PAN card and working in India

Proofs must be uploaded as part of the CVs.

Academic research projects will not be included under work experience if they are done as part of a Bachelors or Masters degree. However, PhD research experience can be counted as work experience. If you are currently running your own practice and are/were working in an organization then relevant work experience as part of projects you have undertaken individually or as part of those organisations will be considered.

No. Unfortunately, you cannot add any members to your team once the registration is complete.

No. Team members cannot be a part of more than one team simultaneously.

Yes. If you have not received any email, kindly contact us on:

Do give it 24 hours before contacting us.

The list of shortlisted teams will be displayed on the website. Also, all the shortlisted teams will receive an email notifying the same for further procedure on their registered contact email address.

Due to COVID-19 situation, the entries will be evaluated online by the selected jury panel.


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