Lenses or Frames are a crucial element in any design. Through the last few years of TGP we’ve been exploring methodologies & principles of design, thoughts on various domains of design & your journeys through novel concepts & explorations. This year we thought we should pick up one lens through which you can view your design - Designing through the lens of India.
Being a part of a global community means taking in a lot of concepts from the east and west giving rise to a state of constant flux - but what have these trends meant for our cities, people and places? Through this years design track we want to invite speakers to talk about their work through principles, ideologies or (even better) work samples of how they’ve understood an element of our country and designed for it.
We’re throwing out a few ideas to elaborate the type of topics we’d like to encourage this year - Designing for preserving our past / cultural heritage, designing for the evolving needs of rural India, designing urban farming techniques to grow crops more economically, Designing modern housing units (and also in the process defining what it means to be a Modern Indian!), designing a type-face resonating the spirit of urban youth, designing a system of ethics for using mobile apps, designing for local eco-systems, designing a rural education system that allows you to earn while you learn. We’re keen on understanding the challenges you pick up in your work / your practice and through it understand the elements of an Indian context you work with.
Access-ability. Designing for Inclusion.
Sensitize through a presentation that mainly focuses on ‘Accessibility’ and Barrier free design. Explore adaptive design to suit local contexts.Focus on the importance of retrofitting existing ‘non-inclusive’ designs to make them inclusive, by the way of detailed audits and sensitive solutions.The presentation aims to plant a seed of thought in the minds of design students to help make them sensitive designers in the future.
“A civilization is to be judged by its treatment of minorities”, Mahatma Gandhi.
Everyone irrespective of physical, cultural and economic background is equally entitled to accessing
all public spaces with dignity and without compromising on one’s self respect. Designers therefore play a crucial role in making this possible.The real challenge lies in sensitizing designers and individuals towards an inclusive, barrier- free environment, which ultimately requires a collective will to translate into a reality. The emphasis,thus, should be on ‘Universal design’ as the process of designing itself, where the designer considers the needs of all users especially senior citizens, children and persons with disabilities.
Projector and screen.
Parul Kumtha is the Founder and Principal Architect of Nature-Nurture Architects & Planners. She teaches courses in Urban Studies, Conservation of Natural Heritage and Universal Design at the Sir J.J. College of Architecture. She is also the founding member and president of ‘Forum for Autism’.
Nature Nurture Architects & Planners are committed to designs that conserve natural heritage and allow barrier free access to all sections of society. Our team of young and motivated architects collaborates on many projects to achieve their goals. With the dictum ‘Change is Constant’, the team applies the experiences gained through run-of-the-mill professional practice to make a difference where it matters.