Retail of Tomorrow – Retail Design Competition in post pandemic times
From, shop to the arcade to the department store and retail emporium, there has been a constant evolution of stories. Simultaneously from subscription boxes to the rise of quality packaging and the conscious consumer, the shopping culture has been changing.What remains constant though is the physical transaction taking place between consumer and seller. As they take part in exchanges but in the different typology of spaces.But in the world of e-commerce and now COVID-19, where physical gathering can lead to fatal consequences – the traditional form of trade is under threat.
The pandemic has shown that the traditional form of trade cannot answer the problems that are likely to spread through physical touch. Throughout the process of retail shopping, a consumer has to touch different surfaces, objects, and talk to different people. All of them being possible carriers. The uncertainty, lack of spatial flexibility in retail experience has led to a decrease in footfalls.The presence of the e-market further disrupts the space. With around 44% of the urban population choosing to avail of online services even after the restrictions come down.The ongoing pandemic, in its fragility, has shown us how dispensable traditional spaces can be. Even though consumer satisfaction remains a priority, there is a constant need for its architecture to evolve. The design system must be open for further upgrades and improvements.
Retail Stores, for a long, have formed a significant part in shaping public spaces as well as defining a particular neighborhood and its people. As soon as we entered the realm of the digital age, the popularity of online shopping services shifted the transactions from physical retail stores to online. Now with the pandemic, the architecture of shops has further raised questions.The brief is to design a retail store that redefines the traditional market prototype in today’s changing times. The architectural concept for a shop that brings back the lost ritual of buying, that improves upon the deficiencies present in the trade process, recovers the lost human senses of a buyer, provides the possibility to sense all properties of the good, and cohesively includes such possible solutions.
TimelineRegistration Closes: 10th May 2021Submission Deadline: 11th May 2021Result Announcement: 8th Jul 2021
The brief is to design a retail store that redefines the traditional market prototype in today’s changing times. The architectural concept for a shop that brings back the lost ritual of buying, that improves upon the deficiencies present in the trade process, recovers the lost human senses of a buyer, provides the possibility to sense all properties of the good, and cohesively includes such possible solutions.
Link to Competition
Link to Registration form
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
Type of Competition
Open to the public/Minimum requirements (Open to anyone that complies with the requirements), Single stage (Winners selected immediately)
Who can Participate
The minimum eligible age for participation is 18 years.There is no restriction on the degree of design disciplines to participate in the challenge.Participation in the competition can happen in a team as well as an individual.The maximum numbers of participants in a team are 4.
Dates and Time Frame
Registration Closes May 10, 2020
Deadline to Submit Project May 11, 2021
Winners announcement Date July 8, 2021
Location of Competition