Call for nonurban ideas 2021

Nonurbanism, in collaboration with Mango Architecture, is pleased to invite architects, students, engineers, designers, and artists from around the globe to take part in the 'Call for nonurban Ideas 2021'. It recognizes outstanding ideas that address the unequal and often extractive relationships between the urban and nonurban halves of the world, by speaking to the people living on the peripheries of large metropolitan centres, cities, small towns or in rural areas. Here, we would like you to generate proposals that focus on the strengths of communities, upholding the dignity of humanity and supplanting current, dominant urbanizing biases.


Ideas may spring from any concern, be it socio-cultural, socio-political or socio-economic but finding expression in the spatial relationships between communities and their environments including the commons - land, water, forest or settlements. Specifically, it is a call to examine the relationships between rural communities and the processes that define them. 


Customary practices in agriculture, animal husbandry, forestry, fishing and craft.

There are no restrictions regarding site, program, or size. The objective is to provide maximum freedom to the participants to engage the project without constraints in the most creative way. However, we urge you to profile a nonurban community where you have specific native insights into the culture and legacies of the area. Such a proposal can be developed for submission to invested authorities and/or private international funders.




Expert Jury Panel

In-House Jury members

Evaluation criteria 

Each project proposal will be largely evaluated on the strength and clarity of the problem definition and imagination of the proposal. Project feasibility and research about possible funders for your hypothetical proposal could also be parallel thought processes while drafting the proposal.  However, the following criteria could be used as a guide -


  • Program and problem definition

  • Quality of research

  • Adaptation and adherence to social and cultural contexts

  • Use of growing systemic understanding and its implications for contemporary dilemmas

If selected, the winner, along with prize money will be considered to join the nonurbanism team for eventual publication and/or developing their

project for execution

Submission Guidelines


Engineering, technology and Infrastructure solutions.

Participants are welcome to involve local volunteers, civic associations and other proponents to reinforce their proposal. However, we would like you to restrict to one or two principal investigators (maximum of 2 members) when registering for the call for us to invite in collaboration when and if

the project gets selected. 


All submissions should be mailed to


A minimum of three and a maximum of six A4 pages with the project information including site location, problem definition, unique community

insights and short notes on culture, economy and people must be included.


Additional information on local institutions and project stakeholders will be useful. Multi-disciplinary and inter-disciplinary collaborations on projects are also highly encouraged.


Participants are encouraged to submit all the information they consider necessary to explain their proposal either as an essay or as multimedia proposal aided by concept sketches, drawings and photographs.Thus, the content could be represented as  (but not limited to) any of the formats below.