Design Brief

Well-designed streets are often an indicator of the quality of life that a city has to offer. Indian streets present a certain quality of urban space that is a result of the multiple, diverse stakeholders who simultaneously exert different demands on it. Poorly designed streets have a negative impact on its users. For example, in Mumbai, data shows that around 50% of the people dying in road crashes are pedestrians. This is a huge number for a population whose predominant mode of transport is walk (over 51%). Apart from this, poorly designed streets also contribute towards increased congestion, pollution and maintenance requirements.

MCGM, as a leader in seeking innovative solutions to urban problems, invites urban designers to set a vision for its streets that is creative, contextual, inclusive but also practical. Through this Lab, high-quality street design proposals are sought, which will be implemented by the city agencies themselves in the immediate future.

Some of the key principles for design to be considered are:

  • 'Streets for All' - to ensure equitable allocation of road space for all users, with a focus on pedestrian movement.
  • 'Safety First' - to design for the safety of all road users, with a special focus on vulnerable users such as pedestrians and cyclists

The main objectives of the design are:
  • To provide better facilities for sustainable modes such as walking, cycling, and public transport.
  • To employ a holistic approach to street design, incorporating mobility elements e.g. footpaths, cycle tracks, carriageways as well as additional elements such as trees, bus stops, street furniture and organised vending spaces in an integrated design.
  • To ensure that street design is based on a scientific assessment of needs and behaviour of street users.
  • To improve vehicular efficiency, through improved intersection design and a more efficient use of the existing public right-of-way.
  • To employ traffic calming measures to ensure safety of vulnerable road users on all streets.
  • To ensure that all spaces, including footpaths, refuge islands, and pedestrian crossings, are designed for universal access.

The design proposals should include but are not limited to the following elements:
  • Dedicated pedestrian footpaths
  • Pedestrian crossings, including formal speed table crossings as well as mid-block crossings
  • Median, traffic islands and pedestrian refuge areas
  • Traffic calming elements to reduce vehicle speed where required
  • Physically segregated on-street parking areas
  • Street furniture, including benches, lights, art installations etc
  • Location of transit stops - bus stops, para transit stops etc
  • Street vending zones
  • Landscaping and trees
  • Locations for signage, signals and street lights
  • Storm water drains & Utility access points

The design proposals should also include strategies for parking and for integration with overall transportation networks (especially public transport). The designs shall be prepared following relevant codes and standards, including the IRC codes. A detailed list of references can be accessed here

Eligibility Criteria

  • At least one of the team members:
    • Should be architects with a minimum of 5 years of experience of working on relevant urban design projects either in their individual capacity or while working with an organization
    • OR
    • Should possess a Master's degree in Urban Design/Planning/Landscape Architecture/allied fields with a minimum of 3 years of experience of working on relevant urban design projects either in their individual capacity or while working with an organization
  • A team member could be a single entity as stated above OR one or more entities entering a memorandum of understanding with one or more team members. A team once formed cannot be changed without prior permission of the organisers.
  • Multi-disciplinary collaborations with transport engineers, landscape architects, urban planners etc. are encouraged.
  • All members of the participating team should be residents of India and at least 18 years of age
  • Any person(s) whose participation is restricted by relevant laws of the Indian government or relevant legislations, regulations and other government is/are not eligible to apply

Apart from the above criteria, interested participants should also note the following

  • Teams should ensure that they are in Mumbai and available for the in-person jury (if shortlisted) and for the entire time period of the Studio (if adjudged winners) as per dates mentioned in the timeline.
  • Teams should also ensure their presence in Mumbai to supervise the construction work at least once every 15 days.
  • All costs for travel, prints, models and any other incidental arrangements throughout the Lab shall be borne by the teams themselves.
  • Teams need to abide by the Terms & Conditions of the Lab

Any team that does not meet these criteria will not be eligible to take part. Eligible teams will need to provide their team details as outlined in 'Submission Requirements'. Teams that are unable to supply requisite documentation to confirm compliance with the eligibility criteria will be disqualified. The final decision will be made by the jury and will not be subject to appeal.


  • An equal honorarium of Rs 5,00,000 will be paid to the winning team of each street by MCGM.
  • 50% of the honorarium will be paid to the winners at the time of submission of drawings, 30% after submission of Bill of Quantities, Specifications and Rate Analysis, and balance 20% after completion of construction.
  • No payment will be made to the winners at the end of Stage 1.
  • The winners will have to follow the required processes as stated by MCGM to be eligible to receive the honorarium.

Procedural Overview

Stage 1: Competition

  1. Teams are required to register themselves and create an account on the website While registering, teams must indicate their preference of sites. Once the account is created, primary data for the streets can be downloaded for use. Teams can submit design proposals for a maximum of 2 streets.
  2. Teams have to login to their account on the website and upload their submissions before 12.00 PM IST on 04th November 2019. No submissions will be accepted after this deadline.
  3. Next, the jury will shortlist proposals for each street in the Evaluation Round - Stage 1. The proposals will be reviewed as per the published Evaluation Criteria.
  4. The shortlisted teams are invited to a final review where they will make a live presentation to the jury. In this round, teams may submit additional deliverables such as physical models, 3D walk-throughs etc. as they feel is required to further explain the proposal.
  5. The jury will select one winner per street. The final list of winners will be announced on 15th November 2019. The jury's decisions are final and are not subject to appeal.

Stage 2: Studio

  1. Winning teams for each street spend the next month detailing their designs in a series of weekly workshops with the MCGM and other experts. The schedule of these workshops will be shared at a later point.
  2. The teams also submit supporting documentation to confirm compliance for the stated eligibility.
  3. If a shortlisted competitor is found to have provided incorrect information, their entry stands to be eliminated from the competition after review by the jury and organisers. The decision of the jury will be final.
  4. The final set of deliverables will be submitted on 16thth December 2019 as stated in Submission Requirements. The drawings submitted may undergo revisions in consultation with MCGM and MTP requirements. The final deliverables submitted will be those deemed acceptable by MCGM.
  5. MCGM will take up implementation of the submitted design proposals.
  6. The winning teams will offer execution support to MCGM during construction of these streets and ensure they visit the site at least once every 15 days.

Site Details

MCGM invites design proposals for 5 important streets located across Mumbai city. These 5 streets are scheduled to be taken up for improvements by MCGM's Road & Traffic Department in the coming year. Participating teams can choose to send in one design proposal each for a maximum of 2 streets. A summary of each street is given below. Additional details of the streets such as Total Station Surveys and volume counts will be available for the teams to download after registering.

Details of 5 Sites

Submission requirements

Stage 1: Competition

Teams can send in one design proposal each for a maximum of 2 streets.
The following are the submission requirements for Stage 1.

Sr. noSubmission descriptionRequirementsSubmission details
1. Presentation 1. Presentation on project understanding i.e. analysis of existing site situation, project intent etc
2. Presentation on proposed design concept with supporting drawings, views etc
1 file in PDF format not more than 5 MB in size shall be uploaded.
2. Drawings 1. Concept plan
2. Cross sections
3. Minimum 2 nos. 3D Views
4. Typical details if any

Drawings should show all major streetscape elements such as urban furniture, street lights, parking provision, crossings, traffic calming elements etc
Drawings shall be composed on 2 A0 boards and uploaded in PDF format, not more than 5MB in size each.
3. Team Details Details about the team members such as:
  • Relevant Educational Certificate
  • Number of years of experience
  • Which organisation they work for
  • Location
  • The CVs of all team members
Details of the team members to be uploaded in the 'Team Details Summary' sheet format available in 'Apply' section of the website, in Excel format.
CVs to be uploaded individually for each team member, in PDF format, not more than 1 MB in size each

The presentation and drawings must mention the auto-generated team number received in the confirmation email.

  • None of the submissions can carry any words or logos that could identify the team members involved in creating the image.
  • No alternate methods or formats of submission will be accepted.
  • Organisers reserve the right to display entries of their choice on the competition website, alternate online and print media or as part of an exhibition for public engagement.
  • All submissions must be in English language only

Stage 2: Studio

Winning teams that enter the Studio will submit the following deliverables:

  1. Good for Construction (GFC) drawing set for the street including plans, cross-sections, details etc. as required
  2. Bill of Quantities & Specifications
  3. Rate Analysis for items that are not included in the MCGM Schedule of Rates
The final deliverables submitted will be those deemed acceptable by MCGM.

Evaluation Criteria

Sr. noCriteriaMarks
1. Holistic understanding of the site & its issues 20
2. Design response to the following desired design benchmarks
  • Road Safety
  • Placemaking
  • Context
  • Inclusive design
  • Universal design
  • Pedestrian priority
  • Traffic movement
3. Practical approach, ease of implementation etc 20


The jury's decisions are final and not subject to appeal. The composition of the jury is subject to modification. Please note that any changes to the panel will be updated here.


Teams can use the following references to inform their design proposals. Please note that this is not an exhaustive list and teams are encouraged to go beyond these, with reasonable grounds. The final decision on the winning designs rests with MCGM and the Jury panel.

Circulars issued by MCGM

-  Guidelines for Construction of Footpath   

-  Footpaths on major arterial roads   

-  "Pedestrian First" Footpath Guidelines   

-  Street Furniture for Mumbai & its Suburbs - Part 1   

-  Planning & Design Guidelines for Signage system for Streets of Mumbai   

-  Guidelines for Plantation on Central Median and Kerbs for Road Traffic Safety in Mumbai - 1   new

-  Guidelines for Plantation on Central Median and Kerbs for Road Traffic Safety in Mumbai - 2   new

Schedule of Rates issued by MCGM

-  GFRC Drawings & Specifications   

-  Mandatory, Cautionary & Direction Boards   

-  USOR for Road Works   

-  USOR for Road Works for two items   

-  Traffic Department USOR   

-  Traffic Department ATC Specifications   

-  USOR for Common & Building Construction Works   

-  Specifications for Common & Building Construction Works   

-  USOR for Stormwater drains   

-  Specifications for Stormwater drains   

Additional SOR details can be found on the MCGM website under "Tenders"

Guidelines and Projects by WRI

-  "Cities Safer by Design", WRI   

-  "Designing Streets like Pedestrians Matter: HP Junction, Mumbai", WRI India   

-  "Wadala Junction: Before & After", WRI India   

All relevant Indian Road Congress codes, including (but not limited to):
IRC: 103-2012 "Guidelines for Pedestrian Facilities"
IRC: 35-1997 "Code of Practice for Road Markings"
IRC: 93-1985 "Guidelines on Design and Installation of Road Traffic Signals"
IRC: SP-41 "Guidelines for the Design of At-Grade Intersections in Rural and Urban Areas"
IRC: 86-1983 "Geometric Design Standards for Urban Roads in Plains"

Other References
"Urban Street Design Guidelines Pune", Pune Municipal Corporation
"Better Streets, Better Cities", ITDP India
"Street Design Guidelines", UTTIPEC
"TenderSure Volume 1: Design Standards", JanaUSP


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