Design Brief

We welcome urban practitioners to participate in the Entekochi Urban Design Competition 2020. The competition seeks to generate new ideas for the Mullassery Canal neighbourhood of Ernakulam, Kochi. We look forward to building a better future with you. 

Design Submissions are open for participants from 9:00 hours on 7th August 2020, till 23:59 hours on 9th August 2020.

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Dear Competition Participants. 

Please refer to the pdf below for the final list of teams who qualify after review for the shortlisting round.

All registered participants have been notified whether or not they qualify on the registered email address entered under Stream 1 of the registration form. 

Additional data package along with technical site details have been shared with all qualified participants on their respective registered email addresses on the 29th of June 2020


The Kochi Municipal Corporation (KMC) and the GIZ (German Agency for International Cooperation) jointly call for all creative minds in the field of urbanism, architecture, landscape design as well as environmental and social science experts to participate in the next phase of EnteKochi (My Kochi) - the EnteKochi-Competition!  

The EnteKochi-Competition is a national level Urban Design Competition (UDC) that aims to jointly ‘design the future city’ of Kochi. It is envisaged to plan and then facilitate the implementation of an integrated civic project that is of key relevance for the sustainable development of Kochi.


About the Site

The focus area for the Urban Design Competition is the Mullassery Canal Precinct in down- town Ernakulam, which is part of the Central Business District (CBD) of Kochi. Historically, the Mullassery canal was built for inland mobility, connecting the backwaters, in the west of Kochi, to the Perandoor Canal, in the east. The eastern end has the Kerala State Regional Transport Corporation (KSRTC) bus terminus that caters to intra and inter-city public transportation. Waterfront reclamation of the past, at the juncture where the canal meets the backwaters, has produced a linear public recreational avenue called Marine Drive, juxtaposed with housing towers and commercial buildings.

Over the years the canal seems to have been built upon by adjacent plots as its use for effective transportation faded into the past with the advent of other modes of personal and public transport and a road centric development. While the total length of the canal is 1.3 kms, more than half of it is presently covered by concrete slabs which are used for on-street parking and dedicated vending zones. The land use pattern, along the stretch of the canal, transforms as we move from east to west. It is lined with prominent educational institutions of the city, heritage sites, major shopping avenues, street markets, warehouses, formal and informal housing. The canal is surrounded by low-rise high-density development of the 80’s that transformed the city of Kochi.


The competition is open for all Indian nationals above the age of 18 – to participate in teams having multidisciplinary backgrounds. Minimum size of the team is 3 members. Teams must mandatorily comprise at least 1 member of stream 1. Furthermore, it is highly recommended that the team includes members from streams 2 and 3, to ensure a multidisciplinary approach. There are no qualification restrictions for any additional team members.

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* Stream 1 required​: Bachelors degree with min 6 years of work experience or Masters degree with min 3 years work experience. At least 1 member of the team has to hold a valid COA or ITPI registration

** Stream 2 & 3 recommended: Degree or work experience (min 2 years)

Expected Outcomes

  1. Creative development plans/ideas for the new urban paradigm

  2. Conceptual design for the entire length of the canal (scale 1:2000)
    and detailed design for Sub Site A and one of the other two
    designated Sub sites

  3. Spatial analyses with effective graphical representations

  4. Spatial concepts for regeneration of the disconnected blue-green infrastructure

  5. Sustainable short- and long-term strategies and site-specific solutions

  6. Timeline: Phase wise implementation strategy of design interventions

  7. Selected teams will be expected to help realise the projects by bringing them to an implementable level in the form of Detailed Project Reports in parts or whole as the case may be.