Post Pandemic Performances, A Design Competition for Everyone, by Project Platypus

Post Pandemic Performances: Project Platypus presents a design competition for everyone.

Humankind has witnessed several historic, life-changing episodes such as industrialisation, colonisation and wars, and society has always adapted to such significant milestones fruitfully. Over the years architecture too, has been a witness the very same happenings, and has shaped itself accordingly to suit the times.

While most such events are read and studied about, the ongoing pandemic is a rather unprecedented one.

The future of architecture and the notion of a city too are standing at crossroads. The notion of the city and ‘city-life’ revolves closely around the act of gathering, and the possibilities that come with meeting, living and sharing lives with ‘strangers’. How will the city function if this very function was to change completely? This pandemic though alarming, brings with itself an aperture to redefine architecture and the very experience of cities and its spaces.

We at Project Platypus introduce a spatial design competition, which will touch upon our experiences, cravings and learnings from a times when the world has come to a standstill.

Since ideas are not bound by professions, we invite ‘creatives’ across all fields to collaborate and come up with design and space making solutions that affect us all. We encourage a fresh perspective, and a direct engagement with an exercise as the designer, architect and as someone who experiences their spatial environment on an everyday basis.


We are now looking at a world where social distancing is the norm. And like we always have, it is time to assess, evolve and adapt. Through this competition we want to imagine and design the future of performing arts’ experience.
Participants of the competition are invited to design a physical space which respects safety guidelines for a social gathering of not less than 10 (could be in 100s or 1000s!) For us to understand your response to the context and program, the choice of environment for the intervention must be made from the below options. The categories of environments that participants can choose from are as follows (scales within these categories can be chosen by the participants) :

Categories of Spaces: (References:

1. Intimate Gathering,
Indoor/Outdoor spaces catering to a dedicated crowd, curated for a specific performance
eg. Cafés, Backyards, Bars, Rooftops, Basements, Galleries

2. Dynamic Gathering
Spaces within the public domain with free access to common public
eg. Market, Streets, Alleys, Parks, Amphitheatres, public plazas

3. Festive Gathering
Large spaces for prolonged festivities involving a larger, dedicated audience and a number of different performances
eg. Open grounds, fields, parade grounds, Stadiums

4. Miscellaneous
If the participants’ ideas do not fit in any of the above categories, they are free to work on their ideas under this category.

While the choice of scale of the audience and environment can be decided by the participants, all members in the audience need to have a visual, auricular (audio) access to the performer. The proposed designs must allow for an immersive spatial and sensorial experience for both the audience and the performer (present in the same physical space). This could be achieved by architectural resolution, conceptual design, through secondary function in an existing space–or a combination of all these, and the participants have full liberty in the approach they would like to take in order to reach the goal. Social distancing guidelines with respect to this competition have been mentioned towards the end of this brief.


  • Gustavo Carmona – Architect, Mexico
  • Kai Piippo – Lighting Designer, Sweden
  • Lisa Findley – Architect, Academic & Architectural Journalist, USA
  • Mare Trevathan – Creator of Site Specific Theatre, USA
  • Pratyush Shankar – Academic, Architect, India
  • Rupali Gupte – Academic, Architect & Urbanist, India
  • Sajid Wajid Shaikh – Visual Artist, Designer, India
  • Shubhra Raje – Architect, Educator, USA/India
  • Vanessa Vielma – Architect & Country Manager of ArchDaily, Mexico
  • Virkein Dhar – Architect, Performer, India

 This competition is open to people from all backgrounds.
 This competition is not for profit. Registrations can be made through donations to any one of the listed NGOs or organisations working towards providing relief to the people in need during the pandemic.
Donations for registration:
Minimum amount: $15 (₹1000)
Suggested amount: $25 (₹2000)


1. One Conceptual Graphic: to explain the idea and concept of the proposal (including, but not limited to collages, drawings, photographs, graphical representations, diagrams, illustrations. References attached in this link)

2. One 3D Graphic ( 3D view / isometric / axonometric drawing, references attached in this link )

3. Title of proposal (up to 3 words), Subtitle (up to 10 words) Textual description about design proposal (up to 300 words)

Participants are required to mention the following at the time of submission (through an online form):

+ Category of space designed

+ Number of people designed for (audience)

+ Description the performance envisioned (up to 30 words)

+ Team member details: (Name, professional background)

Submission Formats :

+ Graphics’ Size : A3 (29.7 x 42.0 cm) Resolution : 300 dpi

+ Format : pdf
+ Title & Write Up : A4 plain text pdf


+ 5 Winning entries: Prizes to be decided

+ 15 honourable mentions: Feature in a dedicated online and printed book published by Altrim Publishers, curated and designed by Sortedpandit Studio, Bangalore.

These entires will also be featured in online platforms of our media partners: ArchitectureLive!, KooZA/rch, The Architects’ Diary and The Curator Magazine.

+ Winning and shortlisted entries would also be featured in a virtual exhibition on Project Platypus’ website and in a physical exhibition (when the world allows for it!)


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As a fundraiser for COVID-19 relief, Sortedpandit Studio, a Bangalore-based multidisciplinary design practice is co-curating an architectural competition titled ”Post Pandemic Performances: Gatherings in times of Social Distancing”. The competition, part of a research initiative called Project Platypus, will raise funds through its registrations.

This competition is being organised in partnership with a Mexican architecture firm, Materia to execute this competition on an international scale.
The competition is open to all, and is set in the context of the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic, where participants are required to provide architectural and design ideas for a performance space meant for a live art performance in compliance with health and social distancing guidelines.

The aim is to design a space fit for a physical gathering, and which allows for a rich artistic experience (visual, auricular and spatial) for both the audience and the performer.

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