Rohtak - Play(ce)making Competition

Better Bus Challenge

Inviting young architects, urban designers and planners to reimagine public spaces in Haryana.

WRI India has identified nine public spaces in Rohtak city (Haryana) frequented by youth and in need of improvement. All of the 9 locations, within walking distance of a higher education institute, have been carefully documented by WRI India. Please study the sites here and select up to a maximum of three sites that you can improve with your designs.


Objectives of the Competition

  1. To provide young designers with the opportunity to reimagine public spaces as a means of improving the quality of lives of citizens with a focus on youth
  2. To encourage Rohtak to develop safer, inclusive and people-centric public spaces.

Competition Timeline

30th Sep 2021 Competition Launch and start of registrations
31st Oct 2021 Close of registrations
06th Nov 2021 Clarifications of questions / queries from participants
21st Nov 2021 Concept Note and Design Submission
  Stage 1 Jury – Shortlisting of max 10 concepts per site
30th Nov 2021 Announcement of shortlisted concepts
12th Dec 2021 Preliminary Design Submission
  Stage 2 Jury – Shortlisting of max 5 designs per site
20th Dec 2021 Announcement of Finalists
26th Dec 2021 Final Presentation to Jury
03rd Jan 2022 Culmination Event & Announcement of Winners

What you can win

The selected three organizations stand to win:

  • 1st Prize Rs. 45,000/-
  • 2nd Prize Rs. 15,000/-
  • 3rd Prize Rs. 5,000/-


  • Prof. Kavas Kapadia, Former Dean, School of Planning & Architecture, New Delhi (TBC)
  • Ms. Sujata Hingorani, Principal Landscape Architect, Oasis Designs Inc.
  • Ar. Sonali Rastogi, Founding Partner, Morphogenesis (TBC)

View Submission Guidelines here

PLEASE NOTE: The 1st position teams will be required to prepare tender level drawings and schedule of quantities, as per discussion with WRI India,for which a compensation of Rs.20,000/- per location shall be paid over and above the prize money.

Background Context

Every year over 1.35 million people across the world lose their lives due to road traffic crashes with 155,000 people being killed in India alone.

In recent years, children and youth have become the biggest victims of road crashes. According to WHO’s Global Status Report on Road Safety 2018, road traffic injuries are the leading cause of death for children and young adults aged 5-29.

The Botnar Child Road Safety Challenge (BCRSC) was launched to address this pressing issue. Rohtak in Haryana was one of the 12 cities across the globe, and one of two cities in India, that was selected for support under the BCRSC project.

  • In the first phase, starting 2018, WRI India, in partnership with Rohtak Police, Municipal Corporation of Rohtak and NASSCOM Foundation, initiated the ‘Safer Commute for School Children’ project in Rohtak.
  • In July 2020, WRI India initiated the 2nd Phase of the BCRSC program- ‘Safer Mobility for Youth’ project in Rohtak. This is being conducted in partnership with the District Administration of Rohtak, Rohtak Police and Raahgiri Foundation.

One of the key components of the ongoing ‘Safer Mobility for Youth’ project is to improve the safety, accessibility, and experience of public spaces, especially where presence of youth is higher. Furthermore, the project encourages meaningful participation of youth in these deliberations resulting in this design competition that invites young architects and urban practitioners to become change-makers and ambassadors of safer public spaces.

Why Rohtak?

Rohtak city is the administrative headquarters of Rohtak district situated in Haryana. About 70 km from Delhi Rohtak is home to many educational institutes with a combined enrolment estimated to be over 200,000 students. Some of the biggest institutes in the city are situated along the 5 highways that slice through the city, creating isolated neighbourhoods with poor inter-connectivity - especially for pedestrians and cyclists. This forces slow-moving traffic to share the road with high-speed highway traffic. There are very few crossings on the highways forcing pedestrians and cyclists to take great risks to cross the road.

In 2017, 561 crashes were reported in Rohtak district resulting in 252 fatalities. Similarly, in 2018 and 2019, 534 and 512 crashes resulted in 212 and 205 fatalities respectively. While there seems to be a decline in crashes and fatalities occurring in the district, the numbers are still too high and need urgent redressal.

Since the age of road traffic victims is not readily made public, it is difficult to ascertain the number of youth involved in these crashes. But given the presence of a high number college-going youth in the city, it is safe to assume that they would be the most affected section of the community.

About the Partners

Botnar Child Road Safety Challenge and Safer Mobility for Youth

Safer Mobility for Youth, Rohtak project is convened by WRI India in partnership with District Administration of Rohtak, Rohtak Police and Raahgiri Foundation. The project is part of the Botnar Child Road Safety Challenge, a programme designed to address locally relevant road safety problems that affect children in small-and mid-sized cities in seven priority countries with practical, innovative, multi-sectorial and evidence-based interventions. The Challenge is managed by the Global Road Safety Partnership, a hosted program of the International Federation of Red Cross & Red Crescent Societies and based in Geneva, Switzerland.

Fondation Botnar

Fondation Botnar is a Swiss foundation established in 2003 with the core purpose of improving the health and wellbeing of children and young people in growing secondary cities around the world. To achieve this, Fondation Botnar acts as a catalyst, connecting diverse partners and investing in solutions that leverage artificial intelligence (AI) and digital innovation.

Global Road Safety Partnership

The Global Road Safety Partnership is a hosted program of the International Federation of Red Cross & Red Crescent Societies and based in Geneva, Switzerland. Its mission is the sustainable reduction of road-crash death and injury in low- and middle-income countries GRSP does this by creating and supporting multisector road safety partnerships that are engaged with front-line good practice road safety interventions in countries and communities throughout the world.

District Administration, Rohtak

The Deputy Commissioner (DC) is the highest administrative authority within a district. The DC’s office is generally headed by an Indian Administrative Services (IAS) officer. Every district in the state has a DC. The main work of DC’s office is to manage the overall functioning of the various departments in their respective districts. The DC is in-charge of education, health, sanitation, finance and various other tasks.

Rohtak Police

Rohtak Traffic Police is a division of the Haryana Police responsible for the enforcement and management of traffic in the Rohtak City limits. The mission of Haryana Police is to help the common man, to provide him security and to create a peaceful and law-abiding community with his cooperation. Haryana Police is committed to uphold the Rule of Law, to prevent crime and to maintain law and order.

Raahgiri Foundation

Raahgiri Foundation is a not-for-profit non-governmental organization that has been working in the field of healthy and sustainable living and road safety for 5 years. It has been engaging directly with citizens to promote best practices among them. One of the most renowned movements by the foundation has been the Raahgiri Days / Nights. It has been a great success and is currently spread across 50+ cities in India.

Indian Institute of Architects

Indian Institute of Architects (IIA) is the National body of Architects in the country. Established in 1917, the institute today has more than 20,000 members and plays a major role in promoting the profession of architecture by organising and uniting the Architects of India to promote aesthetic, scientific and practical efficiency of the profession both in Practice and in Education.

IIA is represented on various national and international committees connected with architecture, art and the building industry and is also actively associated with International Union of Architects (UIA), The Architects Regional Council Asia (ARCASIA) and South Asian Association for Regional Co-operation of Architects (SAARCH).