2020 Award Ceremony Schedule

The event will be broadcast live on our YouTube channel from 5PM IST onwards.


Z-axis 2020 Lecture Series out now!

The Z-axis 2020 Lecture Series has ended. You may watch recordings of all the sessions on our YouTube channel, click on the sessions below to watch the recordings:






Registered participants are eligible to as participate in the Design Competition.

Z-axis 2020: Competition

Competition Brief



Q1. When is the deadline for the submission of the entries to the Z-Axis 2020 : You and Your Neighbourhood Design Competition?

1 December 2020, 12:00 Noon Indian Standard Time

Q2. What are the awards for the winners of Z-Axis 2020: You and Your Neighbourhood Design Competition?

One project will be awarded the Z-axis jury award for their extraordinary vision to develop their neighbourhoods. The award will be accompanied by a cash prize of  ₹ 1,00,000 /-

For each of the four thresholds, an award worth ₹ 75,000 will be conferred to the winning entry. Up to two more innovative and tactical entries (in each threshold) are eligible for a special mention. Additionally, CCF may also incubate promising entries.

All winning entries will be displayed on the official website of the Charles Correa Foundation and social media handles along with the winning team. 

Q3. How do we submit our entries for the design competition?

Entries have to be submitted via e-mail to zaxis@charlescorreafoundation.org with the subject “z-axis submission: <your entry ID>”  

(Please substitute the <..> portion for your respective competition ID that has been shared with you already. For our convenience it is advisable that the mail comes through the “team leader’s email”) 

Q4. What are the modes of submissions? What would the size of the sheet be? 

The submission comprises 4 sheets (A3 size) and one short video (max length of 2 minutes). 

We request participants to restrict the cumulative size of the sheets to 15MB. And the video to 10MB (The video may also be uploaded to youtube etc. if the team wishes.)

A sheet template is provided on our website at the following link https://charlescorreafoundation.org/2020/09/22/z-axis-2020-competition/ 


Q5. What is the scale to present our drawings at?

We have identified and recommended scales on the sheet template. If representation of your intervention requires you to use different scales, you are free to do so. 

Q6. Do we have to strictly follow the sheet template?

The sheet template has been prepared to enable consistency during the jury. Teams are free to change the sheet layouts in order to represent their projects, but it is recommended that the template be maintained. Further, all requirements listed in the template must be addressed. 

Q7.  Where do the participants need to use their team’s unique ID?

The competition ID given to the team at the time of registration will need to be clearly displayed on all sheets and in the video. It must also be stated when raising queries.

Q8. What do we include in the video? Is it mandatory?

The video can encapsulate your implementation and engagement with the neighbourhood and community. It can focus on the role played by the participants as an agent of change.

The video is mandatory.

Q9.  In the sheet template, what does image mapping mean? (under the head site study) 

Images, graphics and/or maps to support site study.


Q10. Will participants receive certificates for participation in the competition?

Yes, registered participants who submit an entry by 01 December 2020 will receive a participation certificate.

Q11. Is there any particular criteria for the site selection? 

We recommend you take up a neighbourhood that you are familiar with, and which offers potential to implement your ideas. 

Q12. Can we take up a neighbourhood for intervention that we do not reside in?

You may, but we request you to be safe and conscious of public health protocols while doing so. Please respect all government mandated restrictions in your area. 

Q13. How important is implementation of the project. 

Through our lecture series and podcasts we tried to get individuals who have implemented change. The jury will appreciate implementation, or some sort of pilot / prototype — however we understand the restrictions imposed by COVID-19, we will accept ideas, provided there is a clear strategy on how the participants intend to implement their projects in the future.

Q14. Are the teams allowed to share their work for the competition before the winners are announced by CCF?

If you are planning to implement your project, you may have to create public awareness and therefore we are not restricting any participant from sharing the work done as a part of the You and Your Neighbourhood competition, even before the winners are announced.

Q15. What should be the size of the neighbourhood chosen? Should there be a  predominant land-use/character?

The size of the neighbourhood depends on the scale of threshold chosen by you, it might be useful to revisit some of the lectures to better situate the scale of your proposal. We do not require the intervention to be in an area with any particular dominant land use or character.

Q16. Where are the recordings of the z-axis sessions? Where are the podcasts?

You may watch the recorded lectures on our YouTube channel “Z-Axis” Please subscribe to it!

The podcasts are available on our Soundcloud and Spotify channels.


Click on the photos to read about our Jury.


  • Each entry must attempt to resolve only one distinct scale of threshold.
  • Final submissions must be formatted in the given template.

Download the sheet template from here:

The Z-axis 2020 conference is supported by

The Award Supporters for the design competition are:

‘Nightwalkers glide through Tier III towns’: How can India heal its coronavirus-ravaged cities?

By Vivek Menezes

The Z-Axis Conference brings together ‘starchitects’ from around the world to share their experiences about solving urban challenges.
‘Nightwalkers glide through Tier III towns’: How can India heal its coronavirus-ravaged cities?
A family of migrant workers from Madhya Pradesh walk out of Navi Mumbai. | PTI

A few days ago, the outstanding poet and translator Mustansir Dalvi (he has also been on the faculty of Mumbai’s Sir JJ School of Architecture for 17 years) released a new collection of verse. Walk, he said, was written from his “sense of helplessness, frustration and anger” earlier this year, when “we were seeing vast number of people, walking back home, sometimes covering over 1,000 km from state to state, without support, money or transportation”.

By now, it’s clear India launched heedlessly into “the world’s strictest lockdown” without the measures necessary to safeguard the vast majority of its citizens. At that time, Prime Minister Narendra Modi misguidedly promised that the “Mahabharata war was won in 18 days, this war the whole country is fighting against corona will take 21 days”.

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Z-axis 2020: Event Schedule


12 NOON (Indian Standard Time) on 01 December 2020.

The Virtual Conference Schedule is divided into 5 Sessions: Each one is from

6:00pm to 8:15pm Indian Standard Time (IST)



Click on the images to view a detailed biography, list of readings, and case studies 

Charles Correa’s 1955 Master Thesis Uses Animated Film to Explain Public Participation in Urban Processes

By Andreea Cutieru

Charles Correa’s 1955 Master Thesis Uses Animated Film to Explain Public Participation in Urban Processes, Charles Correa passed away on June 26th 2015. Image © Chistbal Manuel
Charles Correa passed away on June 26th 2015. Image © Chistbal Manuel

Charles Correa Foundation has recently released several snippets of ‘You & Your Neighbourhood’Charles Correa’s 1955 Master Thesis at MIT, an animation film for which the architect was scriptwriter, animator, photographer and director. The thesis put forward the idea of a participatory process for the betterment of neighbourhoods, with a strong emphasis on creating a framework for improving urban conditions in a bottom-up approach.

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General Registration

Registration Open.

The registration fee is ₹900 /- per individual.

All amounts inclusive of tax.

The registration fee for the event will cover both the Virtual Conference as well as the Design Competition.

Participation in the competition is not mandatory but will be an interesting conduit to engage deeper with the ideas discussed during the virtual competition.

We are extending our registration deadline!

The registrations will close at 11:30 noon IST on 25th September 2020.

For foreign credit card payments kindly write to zaxis@charlescorreafoundation.org



The registration form can be downloaded here

You and Your Neighbourhood: the film

‘You & Your Neighbourhood’ is the title of Charles Correa’s Masters Thesis at MIT, 1955, for which he made an animated film. He was the scriptwriter, animator, photographer and director.


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Z-axis 2020

Save the Date:

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The current COVID-19 pandemic and its response have raised critical questions about how we live and work. It has also led to a lot of us asking, ‘How can we improve our own neighbourhood?’

At the fourth edition of Z-axis — the Charles Correa Foundation’s biennial conference — participants will draw their attention back to their own neighbourhoods to generate creative visions that uplift the public realm.

With a series of lectures in September, followed by a unique design challenge in October-November, Z-axis 2020 will host a number of international speakers focusing on these issues. A Jury will critique and recognise projects by participants — creative individuals who improve everyday life for their neighbours by making changes at four distinct levels — the neighbourhood, the commons, the street, and the doorstep.

Stay tuned for more updates regarding Z-axis 2020 — You and Your Neighborhood, and in the meantime, save these dates!

01 Charles Correa Memorial lecture

The third of a biennial lecture series to celebrate the legacy of Charles Correa, this lecture is delivered on 1st September, Correa’s 90th birth anniversary. The lecturer will be a person whose values and work exemplify the interest and issues that Charles Correa engaged with. It is our intention to use the Memorial Lecture to establish a biennial celebration of architecture in India to be held in Goa — the home of the Charles Correa Foundation. The 2020 Charles Correa Memorial Lecture will be delivered by Mirai Chatterjee.

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Z-AXIS 2018



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The third edition of Z-Axis – the biennial conference organized by the Charles Correa Foundation – drew on expertise from around the globe to debate and articulate the agency of architecture and planning in creating equitable cities. With the theme ‘Designing Equitable Cities’, the conference brought speakers from across the world to offer their perspective on urban equity.

The Charles Correa Foundation team wishes to thank all the speakers and delegates that helped make the conference uniquely engaging and thought-provoking!

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