CLT Induction-In India




Cross Laminated Timber (CLT) is a Mass Timber Construction technique that distinguishes itself from the present-day steel and concrete construction. It is a renewable resource and has a negligible carbon footprint compared to carbon or steel, since carbon is sequestered within the wood it is made from. Cross Laminated Timber consists of lumber that is graded, kiln-dried and trimmed after which it is glued and stacked on one another in layers, such that each layer is placed perpendicular to the other. This perpendicular layering of wood helps the panel achieve structural rigidity in two directions. Since the panels are pre-fabricated, only component assembly is to be done on site, thus reducing the construction time and labour costs which can potentially help in lowering the construction cost. The CLT panels being light weight helps in reduction of the size of the foundations, reducing the carbon footprint, contributed by the use of concrete.

CLT PARK HARUMI©Kawasumi・Kobayashi Kenji Photograph Office

In Japan, CLT is being promoted as a new material to enhance sustainable forestry development. The sponsors, MEC Industry Co., Ltd. is a company formed by the joint investment of seven companies, including the major Japanese general developer Mitsubishi Estate Co, Ltd., the major general contractor Takenaka Corp., and other companies in various lines of business.

CLT PARK HARUMI©Kawasumi・Kobayashi Kenji Photograph Office

Building material: CLT

Cross Laminated Timber (CLT) panels can be used for walls, floors and roofs in both load-bearing and non-load-bearing structures. The flexibility of thickness and sizes of CLT Panels is able to fulfil the requirements of different types of projects. Initially these panels were used for low and mid-rises but in recent years it is also being used in construction of high-rises. It is also considered a good substitute to concrete and steel due to its strength to weight rao. The prime advantages of these prefabricated panels are speed, efficiency and precision of construction. Participants are expected to propose innovative construction systems that draw on the performance characteristics of Cross Laminated Timber as the main building material.

2) Harvard GSD – A pile of CLT – Image Courtesy – Edgar Rodriguez, GSD Harvard, Project – A taller pile of CLT

About the Competition

The Competition challenges the participants to design an urban or peri-urban housing scheme with an innovative construction system using CLT in the Indian Context; hence the design proposal should explicitly focus on innovative structural as well as spatial building systems which can explore the use of CLT in the industry. The participants are also allowed to pick up existing housing projects and re-designing the building system using CLT as the primary material.

Program A: Innovative Mid to high-rise Building
Program B: Innovative Low-rise detached Housing/Villas

MEC Industry aims to identify an ecosystem of players (in particular architects and structural engineers) stimulate and steward the timber construction movement in India and especially encourage professionals and young practitioners with current projects to join the sustainable construction movement.


Trip to Japan, including a visit to the Tokyo Olympics Stadium and a meeting with Kengo Kuma and Associates (2 Business Class Packages) or a Cash award of INR 6,00,000.*
Trip to Japan, including a visit to the Tokyo Olympics Stadium and a meeting with Kengo Kuma and Associates (2 Economy Class Packages) or a Cash award of INR 3,00,000.*
3rd PRIZE 
Trip to Japan, including a visit to the Tokyo Olympics Stadium and a meeting with Kengo Kuma and Associates (1 Economy Class Packages) or a Cash award of INR 2,00,000.*
INR 1,00,000
06 Honourable Mention
20 Finalists
Publications + Certificate of achievement and a book signed by Architect KUMA Kengo.

Additionally, the sponsors would consider practising professionals with keen interest in the material to visit their plant and opportunities to visit other buildings using CLT in Japan and become a part of the Indian ecosystem to design with CLT in India.

To know more about the prizes, jurors and jury criteria visit Here.


21 January 2021
COA social reads, Ar. KUMA Kengo in conversation with Ar. Durganand Balsavar on ‘Why Wood Maers’.  Thursday, 12:15 PM (IST) on COA social platform
 26 January 2021
Registration for the CLT Induction starts
Tuesday, 12:00 AM (IST) on

13 February 2021
CLT Workshop A -Orientation to Cross Laminated Timber.
Saturday 11:00 AM – 01:00 PM (IST) on

20 February 2021
CLT Workshop B -Innovation with Mass Timber, a house and a tower.
Saturday 07:00 PM – 09:00 PM (IST) on

27 February 2021
CLT Workshop C -Understanding CLT design and engineering in the Indian context.
Case study – Kanchanjunga and Tube house by Charles Correa
Saturday 11:00 AM – 01:00 PM (IST) on

15 March 2021
Registration for the CLT Induction ends
Monday 11:59 PM (IST) on

31 March 2021
Submission Deadline for CLT Induction
Wednesday 11:59 PM (IST) on

30 April 2021
Results announced for CLT Induction
Friday 11:59 PM (IST) on


KUMA Kengo Kengo Kuma & Associates
Mahendra Raj Mahendra Raj Consultants
Rajeev Kathpalia Vastu Shilpa Consultants










Gurdev Singh Aakar Design Consultants
MORISHITA Yoshitaka President, MEC Industry
Rohit Raj Mehndiratta Studio VanRO



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Conceived and organized by Aakar Design Consultants and Sponsored by Mitsubishi.


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