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Winners announced at the IndiaNext 2019 event

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UltraTech Cement, an Aditya Birla Group company and one of India’s largest manufacturers of cement and concrete, concluded the final round of its IndiaNext initiative on 18 October 2019 in Mumbai, India. Three winners have emerged from the shortlisted round in each of the three categories: Individual or multi-family housing, Community Facility, and Infrastructural Solution.

From the individual house or multi-family housing category, the ‘Aqueous Communes’ entry - MAD(E) in Mumbai team, was declared the winner for providing a replicable model solution for flood resilient homes, while in the Community Facility category, the ‘Village Social’ - MAD(E) in Mumbai team, was awarded for laying down an effective concept for a community centre where people could interact amongst themselves and discuss growth alternatives. Lastly, from the Infrastructural Facility category, M A Architects was declared the winner for providing a versatile solution derived from light concrete that utilises recycled waste to solve the infrastructural issues across villages in India.

The Special Mention award in the Infrastructural Solution category was given to Daisaria Associates for their LECO tool kit concept. Additionally, prizes were also in store for the National Student winner in the Community Facility category, which was won by Omdayal School of Architecture, and two student runners-ups in the Individual house or Multi-family housing category, which was won by Centre for Environmental Planning and Technology and Jamia Millia Islamia University, respectively.

The fourth edition of UltraTech Cement’s IndiaNext initiative was focused on making India’s villages self-sufficient and progressive through its ‘Village2047’ theme. The participants were challenged with the task of identifying a model village listed under the Gram Swaraj Abhiyan having a pressing architectural, planning or infrastructural issue. Participants needed to analyse the social, structural, spatial and economic point of view and further, use it to design an individual house, multi-family housing, community facility or an infrastructural facility that would effectively improve the quality of life of the inhabitants. Having received full participation in all three categories, the zonal winners advanced to the finale round conducted in Mumbai on 18 October, where a jury consisting of 13 eminent personalities critically evaluated them, and eventually identified the winner in each category.

In addition to the prize money, all shortlisted ideas received detailed scrutiny from the jury panel, and the feedback provided to the participants is expected to act as a catalyst in their quest of honing their creative skills to develop infrastructural solutions for problems that plague India today.

Through the IndiaNext initiative, UltraTech Cement has established an annual platform that offers the most noted professionals and brightest of students from the engineering and architecture sector to bring forth innovation in building solutions.

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