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Lighting up Our Heritage

A Student Design Competition

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Signify 2
Ethos 3
Premise 4
Knowledge Society 5
Site Selection 6
References 7
Evaluation Criteria 8
Awards 8
Eligibility & Team Size 9
Competition Format 9
Submission Requirements 10
Instructions 11
Important Dates 12
Jury 12

Police Commissionerate, Jaipur

(Source: Signify)
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Signify is the new avatar of Philips Lighting: a world leader in
lighting which provides customers with high-quality, energy-
efficient lighting products, systems and services. It turns light
sources into points of data to connect more devices, places and
people through light: contributing to a safer, more productive
and smarter world. The choice of the new company name
originates from the fact that light becomes an intelligent
language to connect and convey.

Through its range of products, Signify aims at making:

• People’s lives - safer and more comfortable,

• Businesses - more productive, and

• Cities - more liveable.

Signify’s purpose is to unlock the extraordinary potential of

light for brighter lives and a better world. This is achieved
through values of innovation, passion for sustainability and
desire to transform people’s lives.

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“Knowledge is Power.”
Ethos was started sixteen years ago by Gita Balakrishnan,
as a response to a need to build awareness on our built
environment; a need to bridge the gap between students
undergoing education in colleges and the outside professional
world; a need to provide more opportunities to budding
professionals and to create a platform, a network of young
designers and civil engineers who are to be decision-makers
in the years to come.

Ethos works towards sensitizing students of architecture

and civil engineering to the culture and the ethos that their
designs would need to respond to. There is an effort to equip
students to be agents of change, to lead and not just follow
and to contribute towards building of a harmonious society.

Ethos’ main objective is to be the wind beneath the wings of

young minds that are to shape our built environment in the
years to come. This has been further facilitated by creation of
ACEDGE - an online platform to provide education outside

This design competition for lighting up heritage

structures is another step in the same direction.

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Illuminating heritage structures is a recognised manner
to highlight our historical treasures in a landscape,
neighbourhood, village or even a city. Lighting accentuates
architecture and highlights the identity of a place. Lighting
should be one of the ways to express cultural, historical and
visual importance of heritage buildings.

Heritage connects the past and present of a settlement and

can play a significant role in contemporary times. A well-lit
heritage structure can potentially generate night tourism,
ensure safety on streets, encourage community bonding and
cultural events.

The safer and welcoming a city feels, the more its residents
and visitors will enjoy it. Lighting creates exciting spaces that
people want to spend time in - eating, drinking and taking in
the sights. Using beautiful, energy-efficient lighting to creative
vibrant social spaces can also have a dramatic effect on a city’s
reputation. It enhances tourism and nightlife, generating
valuable income for hotels, restaurants, bars and shops. So,
the city becomes a more attractive destination for people and
businesses. An investment in lighting practically pays for itself!
By altering the urban landscape, the relationship between
the residents and their city can be redefined and their living
environment enhanced.

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The competition is not only about simply illuminating these

structures but aims at curating lighting schemes that enhance
the character of the building, its different architectural
elements as well as its immediate context. This competition
intends to bring focus on under-emphasised and unlit/poorly-
lit heritage monuments and seeks proposals for lighting them
up, while exploring the socio-economic and cultural benefits
the intervention can bring to the local community.

Participants are encouraged to think outside-the-box and

develop proposals that are designed to offer an overall
experience of their chosen heritage which engages with the
visitors. The lighting design proposal may extend beyond the
main structure, and could include providing lighting to access
roads, paths, landscapes and any other element or vantage
points. The overall goal of this competition is to help create an
identity for these heritage structures, leading to an increased
ownership amongst people.

Knowledge Society
The competition registrants also get an opportunity to learn
about lighting design and revitalisation of heritage structures
from experts, through ACEDGE.

ACEDGE is an online Education platform designed to given

an EDGE to learners in the field of Architecture, Construction,
Engineering and Design. Through its online courses- Studios,
Spotlight and Ask-Me-Anything sessions, ACEDGE hopes to
make information accessible and affordable to all, bringing a
new dimension to outside-the-classroom education.

ACEDGE is offering a short online course on lighting design,

revival of heritage structures and an Ask-me-Anything session
for the competition registrants for free.

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Site Selection
• Select a heritage building/structure from the pre-
independence era (built before August 15th, 1947) of over
300 sq.m facade area, one which is publicly accessible and
is not privately owned.

• The heritage structure façade chosen should not be

already well or adequately lit up. We would like you to
focus on heritage that needs attention.

• The selected heritage structure(s) must have reliable

documented history and references to the same shall
support your selection.

• Teams are encouraged to pick heritage sites from one

of the HRIDAY cities or from the ‘Adopt a Heritage’ list.
However, this is not a binding factor.

• Include the immediate landscaping, pathways, entrance

to the site etc. to encompass all aspects and enhance the
visitor experience of the site.

The first stage of the competition requires you to upload

upto 5 photographs of your selected site with 200-300 words
description about the choice and structure itself. More details
under Submission Requirements.


We would recommend that there are no repetitions in the

sites selected. A list of all chosen monuments would be
uploaded online on a regular basis, as and when received to
avoid repetitions.

Do check the same before picking your site.

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• Atal Mission

• Signify showcase

• Adopt a Heritage design guidelines

• Adopt a Heritage state wise indicative list for potential


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Evaluation Criteria
• Site selection - significance of the selected site,
understanding of the history, context and community

• Lighting concept and design intent

• Originality and Innovation

• Response to context, connection with surroundings,

landscape, user-interface etc.

• Practical feasibility for implementation of the concept

• Luminaire selection and lighting technology proposed:

energy efficiency, visual comfort, lighting distribution etc.

• Presentation


2nd 3rd
₹75,000 ₹50,000

* Jury decision will be final and binding.

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Eligibility & Team

• Maximum of 3 members in a group. Participation is open
to undergraduate or postgraduate students in design
and architecture or allied fields from recognized colleges
across India.

• Students who have graduated in 2019 are also eligible to


• Mixed groups are allowed (combinations of undergraduate

and post-graduate students/ different years of graduation/
different colleges)

Competition Format
This is a three-stage competition

Stage 1
Site Selection

Stage 2
Teams submit their design proposals by 22nd September. The
submissions will be judged by a jury panel and 8 to 10 teams
will be shortlisted for the final round.

Stage 3
Shortlisted 8-10 teams are invited to Delhi for a presentation
and question/answer round with the jury. Final prize winners
will then be announced.

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Submission Requirements
Stage 1 Stage 2
• Stage 1 aims at ensuring an appropriate • Record and document in detail the
site selection by all registered teams. building(s) as they are today. Choose
appropriate means and combination
• Upon registration, you will be invited to
of documentation (measured drawing,
sign up at, where you will
photography, sketches, text analysis, oral
be expected to upload the photographs
history, etc.)
and description composed on a maximum
of TWO A3-sized sheets (to be uploaded • Document the history and evolution
as a single PDF). of the building(s). Identify present
ownership/management (central or state
• Each participating team should preferably
government, ASI, trusts, institutional etc.)
take up a unique heritage site based
on the site selection criteria discussed • Elaborate on the aspects of its making:
earlier. Upload upto 5 photographs of materials/ construction techniques/
your selected site with 200-300 words architectural features/ technological
description about the choice and structure advancements.
itself preferably by7th September 2019.
• Devise and propose an interesting lighting
scheme with adequate visualization to
illustrate the concept.

• Schematic (or scaled) illustration, how to

realize the lighting concept.

• Submission Format: maximum of SIX

A3-sized panels including the cover
sheet shall be sent only as a soft copy to

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• Acknowledge references used for case studies and also
any design ideas that have been adopted or adapted. Any
plagiarized content with no cited reference will be subject
to disqualification.

• The soft copies should be sent as PDF presentations or

Powerpoint presentations to be compatible with Microsoft
Office 2010.

• Do not write your names on any of the sheets. The PDF file
should be named by the participants’ first names followed
by the college name. For instance if abc is the participant
from xyz college, the file name would be “abc_xyz”. In case,
abc is sending multiple entries, the subsequent files will
be names as “abc1_xyz”, “abc2_xyz” and so on.

• Any entries that have their name/ college name on the

sheets are subject to disqualification.

• While emailing, in the subject box please write: Signify

2019 – your name_college name.

• Please restrict yourself to a maximum word limit of 300

words per sheet. More graphical presentations will be

• Soft copy of the entire submission to be compiled in

a single PDF of upto 15MB (This shall include all design
sheets, scans of field notes and the photographic panels)

• We would also require you to furnish a letter stating that

the design is your property and an original work.

• FAQs will be uploaded regularly on


• For queries, write to us at

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Important Dates
Last date for registration: 7th September 2019

Last date for Stage 2 submission: 22nd September 2019

Dr. Shikha Jain Ambrish Arora Sarvdeep Basur
Shikha’s vast experience A self-taught designer, Sarvdeep an electrical
in cultural heritage of Ambrish has worked in engineer by education has
India ranges from steering diverse fields from designing spent more than 30 years
conservation projects for boats, teaching in schools, in lighting, for him moving
various state governments working in cinema and to Architectural Creative
to preparing conservation exhibition & museum design, Lighting came automatically
plans funded by international to setting up Lotus, a firm as from his first day after
organisations such as the focusing on Interior Design & school he started playing
Getty Foundation, World Architecture. In a short span with light and finding ways
Monuments Fund and of time the firm has received to use it innovatively. Apart
advising ASI on World national and global acclaim. from designing architectural
Heritage. lighting he has designed
many lighting fixtures (both
Decorative and Architectural)
and in the last 5 years some
famous Lighting Public Art
installations in China.

He is the Principal of Lucent

Worldwide a lighting design
firm operating from 6
offices in India, China, Qatar,
Germany & USA and has
completed more than 4000
projects in the last 17 years.

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Registrations for Design Competition at


Sign up at
2 viraasat-lighting-up-our-heritage to access
short course on lighting design - FREE for

Select site and upload photographs on the

STAGE 1 3 course page by 7th September 2019.

Last date for registrations 7th September

4 2019.

STAGE 2 5 Final submissions to be emailed by 22nd

September 2019.

Selected teams to be invited to present to

STAGE 3 6 the jury for the Finale

* Graphics sourced and adapted from The Noun Project

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