A Research Collaboration
Design can play a larger role in society and the environment we live in. Design is how we communicate what an object does, or its function, through its shape or form. But what makes any design congruous? Whom are we designing for? And why? A framework is perhaps required to discuss the process of engagement, a democratic approach that communicates with people, beyond the physical reality of the space we construct. Thus, at aamchi we believe through the processes of community engagement, listening, and experimenting, we can propel newer paradigms that transcend the traditional ‘top-down’ approach.
aamchi aims at putting together the holistic approach of combining this complex relationship while constructing purposeful structures within our society which allows us to contribute to daily life with all its idiosyncrasies and difficulties.
Hegemony is based on Alias Grace, the grisly double murder that took place in July 1843 in a village, in Upper Canada. A dominant question of Victorian times was whether women were, by nature, good or evil. Hegemony takes up this question, arguing that this binary is not a sufficient way to understand women, just as it would be an insufficient way to understand men. Hegemony further takes the argument a step further by showing how society’s repression of female sexuality—and its willingness to allow, and even condone, sexual violence against women—cements this binary understanding of womanhood and negatively affects women’s self-expression by tying their worth to their sexuality.
‘CONFERENCES’ AND THE ‘GENDER’ QUESTION
The project is an attempt to focus on the on-going debate concerning gender studies in India in the past couple of decades – the question of gender representation in conferences and focusing specifically on the rise and shortcomings of inclusivity in women-centric conferences.
Ever thought about the emotions a trans-gender would be going through while entering a public restroom? 'His/Her' any restroom, the eyes are always on them. The emotional struggles one faces throughout their journey of coming out in open gets worst when it comes to the use of Public Spaces with gender-specific identities.
'ONE' departs from the social debates revolving around the non-binary community and their access to public toilets. It aims at taking the first step towards bringing a change in society and allowing people to contemplate the issues the non-binary community faces.
Fictional Provocations are a series of drawings which question the logic of drawing beyond space alone. It tries to contemplate the daily and abstract experience to further inspect the observations to be able to communicate through composition. The communicative properties of the drawings are a consequence of this observation, that makes the ordinary and the familiar to appear ethical and interesting.
Tanki means the storage of water in Marathi. Tanki is one of its kind low-cost sustainable solution that provides stable and quality supply of water through strengthening WASH inclusion to communities at a local (Ward) level that lack the basic human need. The project aims to directly support up to 112,000 by adopting a decentralized mechanism of rainwater harvesting which uses mobile and Internet of Things (IoT) technologies to augment freshwater resources and strengthen WASH inclusion, response and implementation to encourage the inclusion of marginalized communities through understanding the needs, building awareness, empowering change agents to strengthen robust public service and development of feasible, impactful interventions.
Get to Know Us
Anushka has graduated from Pillai College of Architecture. After her graduation, she worked at the School of Environment and Architecture as a Research Assistant on developing an existing study on Housing question in second cities across South India. She was invited as a panelist to present her paper titled ‘Conferences and the Gender Question’ at the Gender and Academic Leadership in Architecture in India Symposium, 2020. Anushka is currently a Research Associate at the Social Design Collaborative, Delhi, where she is working on devising an urban game for inclusive urban development and participatory planning for Delhi’s Master plan 2041 as a part of the Main Bhi Dilli Campagin. She is also a fellow at the Citizens for Public Leadership and an alumnus of Centre For Civil Society. She was also selected for the MIT India Initiative 2020 for Design, Technology, and Social Innovation Flagship organized by MIT and Harvard University, where she devised a game to illustrate the issues of migrants in the island city -Mumbai. Recently she also worked with an NGO in Australia to design safety and hygiene rating systems for buildings to prevent the spread of coronavirus post-lockdown. She intends to combine a career of employment in the state with social service and academic writing and seeks to practice architecture much more than just the aesthetics of design, but as a much broader instrument to address objectives in public life and service.
Shreya graduated with a Bachelor's degree in Architecture in 2019 from Pune University. She intends to combine her architectural background with intersecting it with the unexplored discipline of the role of architecture/planning in the peace-building processes in conflict-affected zones. Shreya is currently a fellow at the SBI Youth for India where she is closely collaborating with rural India in understanding the pressing issues at the core of under-represented villages. She previously worked as a Research Assistant with School of Environment and Architecture (SEA), Mumbai. Her research is a part of the 'Inhabited Sea' project funded by the University of Pennsylvania and focuses on a wide range of household experiences and responses to wetness in suburban Mumbai. She has been invited by the UNhabitat_youth to present her design proposal of a public sanitation infrastructure for Trans-communities as a part of the Youth Innovation Challenge. She was invited as a panelist to present her paper at the Gender and Academic Leadership in Architecture in India Symposium. Shreya is an alumnus of the Center for Civil Society where she gained a deeper understanding of the Indian education policy with an understanding of the philosophical,economic, and political aspects along with innovations to catalyses education quality. She was also involved in the education sector as a mentor for children from the underrepresented communities, where she guided the students to express emotions through visual arts with NGO TAP and has worked with MASHAL to design a rehabilitation project at a fire affected informal settlement in Pune.
aamchi is a community-led design, art, and experimental practice that uses the power of technology and design to engage in meaningful civic participation, particularly among the marginalized and underrepresented communities to create more equitable societies.