Deploy - Cyclones - Emergency Shelters that Scale


Deploy - Cyclones - Emergency Shelters that Scale




Registration Closes: 29 Mar 2021

Submission Deadline: 30 Mar 2021

Result Announcement: 27 May 2021



Typhoons and hurricanes, or more generally, tropical cyclones, are all spinning storms of high winds (sustained winds of 73 miles per hour or greater) and intense weather like thunderstorms. The only nominal difference is the ocean basin where they originate. The most alarming factor they all share is that the intensity and frequency of these cyclonic superstorms are increasing with climate change.

Accordingly to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, climate change will lead to tropical cyclones with higher rainfall, greater intensity, and a greater proportion of high intensity (Category 4-5) storms. These changes are largely caused by warming ocean temperatures, which drive cyclonic storm activity. But sea-level rise also increases the damage caused by the storms by exacerbating the effects of storm surge, where waves generated by high winds inundate coastal areas.

Global warming is a part of a larger frame of issue that accelerates these cyclones, but what eventually does not meet the eye is the number of people staying at these coasts who are susceptible to such disasters at large. The instantaneous displacement of a few hours threatens 1000s of lives and devastated homes across acres of land. A need for a swift shelter protecting the human population during a disaster and post-disaster is a must.


Deploy invitesarchitects, designers, engineers, and student fraternity from around the globe to take part in the world’s first-ever cyclone relief shelter design challenge. The Deployis one of the world’s most coveted competitions recognizing design ideas for emergency shelters. It recognizes exceptional concepts that redefine quick shelter design through the implementation of innovative ideas, techniques, construction, visual, and technology through architecture as a tool.

Deploy embarks itself on technological and engineering innovations that are about to go big, and sets architecture free to innovate more in these uncharted and heavily testing directions. It is one of its kind platforms that promotes wayfinding during the crucial time between the catastrophe and its relief response.

User: Emergency shelters are an engineering solution primarily, but how well do you understand the user and outline primary needs?

Structure: How innovative/efficient/effective is the structure and infill materials used in the shelter?

Assembly/Disassembly: How will the design resist theft and mishandling, by becoming a robust entity despite modularity.

Adaptability: How the shelter will adapt with stages and time after its installation and use? How can it be upgraded in further months or even a year?


The entries will be judged by an international jury of the competition on the following criteria:

Presentation: The fundamental to a good entry is a visual delivery of ideas.

Concept/Idea: Quality of thought and intent in the pre-design phase.

Spaces/Programme: How the spaces are calculated and ordered.

Design Outcome The final architectural outcome of the solution.

The judging panel can also add other criteria based on their internal discussions - which will be in line with the problem statement. Participants are advised to fulfill the above-given criteria first in their design. Names of the jury panel will be announced soon.


Prize pool of worth 24,000$

First Prize: 6000$ (For students and professionals)

Runner Up: 6 x 1400$ (For students and professionals)

People’s Choice: 4 x 600$ (Open for all)

Honorable Mention : 12 x 600$ Each

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