The Drawing Board 2021 | Design Challenge

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The Drawing Board 2021 | Design Challenge


About TDB

The Drawing Board is an international architecture platform based in India where students can test their understanding and skills in shaping the way communities live and thrive while preserving local heritage. It was conceptualised by Mindspace Architects and Rohan Builders, to provide architecture students real design challenges in real locations. Hosted annually once in the Oxford of east – Pune city, the competition finale itself is a one day gala affair where eminent juries from different countries guide students and eventually help them become the star architects that they can be.

The Drawing Board 2021 | Design Challenge

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Design Challenge

Journeying to a place of special significance plays an important role in all cultures and religions. The destination may be a shrine of a Deity, a Saint, or a venerated figure or could be a site marked by particular events. It involves journeying alone or in a group, reaching a destination, encountering unique rituals, enjoying particular experiences along the way, and returning home. The Pandharpur Wari is one such enlightening and rewarding journey.

The Pandharpur Wari, a 21 day one way sojourn that takes place in the months of June and July(ashada), from Alandi and Dehu to Pandharpur undertaken to meet Lord Vithoba is a heritage treasure especially for Maharashtra, encompassing the spiritual ,spatial and social elevation of humankind sustained by Wari as an instrument of change since the last 700 years. This march on foot from various locations in Maharashtra to Vithoba temple, Pandharpur, attracts over a million pilgrims.

The pilgrims start from Alandi in Pune district carrying the Palkhi (palanquin) of Sant Dnyaneshwar and reach Pandharpur via Pune, Saswad, Jejuri, Lonand, Taradgaon, Phaltan, Natepute, Malshiras, Velapur, Shegaon, and Wakhri. The pilgrims are arranged in diverse groups known as Dindis.

This year’s design challenge is therefore, much more than an architecture contest. Immerse yourself in the study of Wari and discover the higher calling that pilgrims submit to each year.

Socio Economic Background


One and all across the demographic and economic spectrum come together to pay homage to their deity. Apart from the farmer community that forms the major part of this group, the Warkaris also include academicians, corporate professionals, foreigners and people from urban areas of Maharashtra and nearby states. About 50,000 people from Pune join the Wari annually.”

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Any full-time or part-time student who is currently studying in an academic year of an architecture college or has completed their final exams in June 2020 can participate from all over the globe.

Key Dates

Registration Deadline: September 09, 2021
Submission Deadline: September 09, 2021
Winner Announcement: September 24, 2021


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