+ ‘I protest, therefore I am.’
A protest is a public expression of objection, disapproval, or dissent towards an idea or action, typically a political one. Protests can also be thought of as acts of cooperation in which numerous people cooperate by attending and sharing the potential costs and risks of doing so. History is the witness to the achievements of protests against power by common people.
+ ‘Silence becomes cowardice when occasion demands speaking out the whole truth and acting accordingly.’
The history of protest is as old as the history of human civilization. It is the protests against social, economic, political, religious, and cultural power structures that shaped the idea of freedom and human progress towards the 21st century. The idea of human freedom from bondages of slavery, feudalism, colonialism, capitalism are products of protests.
The ideals of democracy, liberty, equality, and fraternity are the products of different struggles in history. French revolution, October Revolution, anti-colonial struggles, women's movement, and environmental movements in Asia, Africa, The Americas, and Europe revealed that protest power is human progress. The organized and unorganized protest puts pressure and pursues people to accept, accommodate and advance change. In this sense, protest is a powerful instrument of change that shapes our present and assures a better future.
+ ‘Protest beyond the law is not a departure from democracy. It is absolutely essential to it.’
All the ideals of human progress are at crossroads today. The uncertainties of today and questions of a better future confront everyone. The time has come again to celebrate the idea of protest and sketch its significance in the history of human progress. Protests are individual and group expressions of dissent, both in non-violent and violent forms. Some of the common forms of protest are:
+ ‘Design for Protest’
The challenge invites designers of all age groups, nationalities, and interests, to unleash their endless imagination and creative abilities, merging it with evolving scientific, technological advances of the present times in order to project a utopia for ‘Design for Protest.’Within this theme, the competition offers its participants the opportunity to choose from three challenges. You can exercise the choice of working on any one, two, or all three levels of predetermined forms of protest, that correspond to different scales of design interventions:
+ ‘You may never know what results come of your actions, but if you do nothing, there will be no results.’
Seize this opportunity to empathize, understand, resolve and express the lofty phenomenon of protest. The competition serves as a chance to engage with the notion through humane, socially relevant, innovative design ideas. You have the liberty to adopt an imaginary present, past, or future protest in the city you live in or any other existing city of your choice across the globe.
+ Movement in space
"You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete."
History is dotted with countless 'movements' that signify the milestones and nodes of change in our societies. 'Movement' is necessary for change, whether it be of thought or bodies. Moving about to make things happen is something that encapsulates protest, where the public move out on the streets; move to a certain location, and come together to shake things and bring issues to the surface. The urban environment that accommodates such movement, then, needs to be equipped to handle, support, and carry out these events safely and healthily - both, for the protestors and the city.
Which brings us questions - How can we prepare our public spaces to act differently during and after the protest? What do the urban places need to have or provide the citizens with, in terms of design and infrastructure? With the help of design thinking and current technological trends can we transform current places of protest into much accessible, safe, and strategic spots?
+ Site Selection
Select an area/precinct within the city of your residence or your choice anywhere in the world that according to you may lend itself well to holding a public protest in the form of a march/procession, starting from and concluding at prominent landmark urban nodes or culturally significant physical settings of the city.
+ Design pointers
The route should be delineated creatively, taking into account the following:
+ Movement in space
“Disobedience is the true foundation of liberty. The obedient must be slaves.”
When the citizens have wanted to be desperately heard, to put across their voices, opinions, and needs, means of civil disobedience and non-cooperation have often been adopted. Groups of people gather and occupy a public place for varying durations, anywhere from a few hours, to days and months. Our public spaces serve as sites for open expression.
In that case, how can we reclaim our public spaces to act differently during and after a protest? What kind of measures can be useful to its inhabitants and how can they protect the city and its people? What facilities can citizens be provided with, in events like protests?
+ Site Selection
Select an area within your city of residence or choice anywhere in the world that according to you may be conducive for holding a long-term protest. Design useful and safe temporary shelters to protect and facilitate for the citizens, while minimizing disturbances to the functioning of the city and the non-participants. Protests can bring unpredictable situations and events, therefore the design may be equipped for flexibility accordingly.
+ Design pointers
The facility design is to be preferably modular, therefore scalable and flexible. Envision a system that can be conveniently multiplied to serve a minimum occupancy of 10,000 people.
Following are some pointers to bear in mind for the temporary settlement:
+ Marking a point in time
"History cannot give us a program for the future, but it can give us a fuller understanding of ourselves, and of our common humanity so that we can better face the future."
Our cities and the physical environments bear witness to every milestone of human civilization. Countless events in our history of existence are recorded and celebrated, or mourned, around the world. The public spaces in a city often become sites for placing these reminders, pleasant or painful, to continue to be a part of the memory of following generations.
Social uprisings, rebellions, and public expression of their rights to a way of life, their fights for their beliefs have again and again impacted the status quo of things. No matter the result, some events are as successful as lighting a spark, some eventually fade out like a dying flame, and some forever alter the course of history. Nevertheless, there is almost always an extent of damage and loss involved. These events are eventually significant in the timeline of society, and we mark them as reminders within us, of the journeys of reaching the present.
As designers, how can we enable our history to blend with our current condition? How can physical markers in our urban environments be designed to symbolize and memorialize an event like a protest?
+ Site Selection
Select a location and site of relevance and significance for your chosen cause and form of protest. The choice of location will be critical and dependent on the nature of the symbolic intervention and the message(s) it shall communicate. The design may use present or anticipated technology to determine the mode and method of communication.
+ Design pointers The design intervention should aim for the following:
This competition contains additional resources that contain a set of files useful to complete the competition submission. This folder is made available on your profile dashboard automatically as soon as you register.
This additional resource folder of this competition contains:
Submission Format files in PSD | AI | InDD,
Guide to Journal Section (with a suggestive list of questions to answer)
Participants are free to communicate their designs by making use of as many drawings, images, views, etc. as necessary.
Read all the competition rules and details from the sidebar, and hit register. You can pay the entry fee and book your registration right away. The additional resources are directly unlocked as soon as you register on your dashboard. Once you are ready with your project - begin uploading from the dashboard and follow this tutorial to submit. You can add your team members to your project while submitting it.
The submission of the entry has to happen to UNI's portal , through the project uploader, by following the process mentioned below.
No other mode of submissions will be accepted.
You are advised to preferably work on your journal simultaneously while developing your design project. Once you are ready with your entry - begin uploading your project from the dashboard and follow the below tutorial to submit. In order to avoid a last-minute rush, plan and try uploading your entry prior to the submission deadline.
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+ Institutional access for design students
Enabling knowledge exchange for universities over a global platform.
Institutional access is first of its kind platform enabling institutions to have a knowledge exchange for their students where they work on an international design problem listed/hosted on UNI in a synchronous time-frame. This enables participants to draw the international design scene to enter their studios and scale their studio's ideas-philosophy to the global level.
Registration process for Institutional Access is similar to individual/ team registration. Registration could be done either by student or mentor on behalf of entire class. You will receive a confirmation upon registration.
+ Verify your Identity
We will get in touch with you within 72 hours to complete the verification process with your institution. We'll ask you for list of students participating and a letter from institution.
+ Make your teams or play individual
Like working solo? You Can! The combinations to participate can range from all students working solo (Eg: 1 participant per entry = 20 Submissions) to all students in maximum size of team permitted in competition (Eg. 4 participants per entry = 5 submissions), or any custom structure of teams, solo duo, trio - only condition is 20 registered students are allowed to participate per Institution Access pass. An insitute can buy multiple passes to fit their entire classroom.
+ Add entries for the competition
You can add a minimum of 5 and a maximum of 20 entries for the competition. All the entries will be supervised by 1 faculty member (this information cannot be changed later)
Submit your entries using UNI's submission portal before the submission deadline as specified in the brief.
+ Meet your partner institution
Soon after the submission deadline is over we will announce your partner institution so that you can discuss the ideas and exchange resources. Faculty will explore the entry of the partner institutions and students can start discussing their project with partner institution students. In case there's only one IA registration, there are no partner institutes.
+ Result declaration and Awards
Once the competition period is over, we declare the result openly with one winner for every institutional access and an international winner of the competition.
Challenging problems are fun to solve together. We understand how tough things can be when managing both academic courses and working on challenging design problems together. "Why not bring both together?"
+ World class challenging problems
Every semester we work on multiple design problems. Most of these problems stay in the limited classroom environment where the best is determined by the knowledge pool of the institution. Here is your chance to pick the kind of design problem you want for your academic portfolio or for your students. Choose a brief with resources that are challenging not just by their nature, but with people who compete in.
+ Gain international industry experience
As the gaps between our society and borders reduce, the design is no more a local profession with set clients. Problems like these propel your work from local to global recognition.
+ Make your institution go world class
We match your institute with another institute internationally, so that you can exchange your ideas, knowledge, and skills to develop yourself and solve some of the most challenging problems across the globe.
+ In the end, get awarded for your valuable design solutions.
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Please check the link above for details. Failure to adherence may lead to soft or hard disqualification based on the violation.
The entries will be broadly judged by an international jury of the competition on the following criteria:
The judging panel can also add other criteria based on their internal discussions - which will be in line with the problem statement. Participants are advised to fulfill above given criteria first in their design. Names of the jury panel will be announced soon.
The decision of the Judges Panel is final, no appeals will be entertained and no further correspondence shall be entered into.
Please note that the jury scores are NOT affected by the number of likes on a project. Every submission is evaluated based on the judging criteria. However, ‘Likes’ play a role in determining the People’s Choice Awards.
The fee to participate grows based on the number of registrations received. Similarly, the prize money proportionally grows with rising participating entries. A total of 500 entries will be accepted in the competition till the last deadline. If the competition reaches a total registered entry of 500, then the participation process will be closed at a total prize pool of 24,000 USD. This implies, the sooner you register, the less you will pay as fees. More number of teams you will compete with, the higher the amount of prize you will be entitled to receive.
As for the awards that competition will result in, there are the following types of awards.
The first three are decided based on the jury scores.
This is driven by people’s votes or likes on the platform.
These are chosen by the organizing committee and the curatorial/editorial committee of UNI, respectively, to recognize the value brought to the competition by some projects that may not have won in any other categories.
To learn more about the above, and other, types of awards, visit here.
Winners of this competition will get published in our annual publication known as UNI Design Explorerwhich is released every year. This particular publication is one of the most important design resources released every year for the design community on UNI. Earn these bragging rights by participating in this competition. The project titles featured in this publication series are Winner, Runner-up*, Honorable Mention*, People’s Choice, and Editor’s Choice.
Cash+Crafted Trophy & certificate + UNI Year Book Copy + UNI Merchandise + Insignia + Opportunity to associate with UNI as a curator (Open for all)
Cash+Crafted Trophy & certificate + UNI Year Book Copy + UNI Merchandise+Insignia (3 x Students & 3 x Professionals)
Cash+Crafted certificate + Insignia (6 x Students & 6 x Professional)
Cash + e-certificate + insignia (2 x Students & 2 x Professionals)
+ Prize pool of worth 22000$
The prize pool is dependent on the total number of registrations received. Please check the awards and fees section to learn more about it. There will be a total of 100 (20%) entries that will be shortlisted for the final awards. All the shortlisted entries will be entitled to e-certificates.
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Prize pool of worth 22000$
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