THINKING HANDS – A COLLECTIVE DESIGN-BUILD WORKSHOP
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Join hands with an interdisciplinary team of faculty and master artisans in a unique design-build exercise in the village of Punadra in Gujarat. The focus of this intervention is to build a low-cost, context appropriate, sustainable Ecosan (a form of no-waste toilet system) in the village school that currently serves 300 students and 40 Anganwadi students yet lacks basic infrastructure such as proper sanitation. Through a 10-day period of working, learning and living in the village, the workshop attempts to stitch a variety of technical, social and collaborative experiences expanding on the potentials of what architecture & design can accomplish. The techniques employed will combine standard practice with some outstanding innovations from the last 30 years in vernacular architecture (shallow domes, bamboo framing, long-lasting thatch, etc). This hands-on exercise seeks to encourage every participant to find his/her own way of combining the formal and the vernacular harmoniously, & to benefit from the vernacular without destroying it, but striving to contribute to it. The idea of Building As Learning Aid (BALA), used not only in education but also in sanitation, as a method to immerse design in collective meaning & story-telling &vice-versa, will be an important help in this endeavour. Finally, the 10 day period will be interspersed with collective activities such as discussions, story-telling sessions, cooking sessions, a talk by an eminent social development practitioner aimed at creating a space for learning, introspection and reflection. Participants will be hosted in homestays in the village by the Love India fellowship at a cost (2500 rupees,mandatory for participants).Expenses for Students :-Food & Stay- Rs. 2500/-, Local Travel - Rs. 500/-,Material - Rs.5000/-.

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