Sunday, 22 January 2012

Jugaad beyond Jargon

Course Description:

This course is aimed at building-up awareness on the need for design sensibility to human ecology and arriving at sustainable solutions.
The course will explore the larger connected context for the Jugaad as one of the viable but also an economic, environmental and culture friendly practice.   Therefore, rootedness of it in Indian context, the imperative need for conscious adaptation and development of entrepreneurial models for practice, production, distribution and more importantly, the re-instilling of the Jugaad practice as the cultural attitude.

 In this context, the course will visit the Gandhian / Nehruvian and other ideologies of self-sustenance and examine their relevance in present-day context, as policy practice in the developing economies.  Also contrast Jugaad practice to other models of sustainable design practices for exploring the relative merits & downside of Jugaad in the back drop of economic and cultural impact of Globalization. These are a few angles of argument / pointers that this course engages with the aim of enthusing & enabling the students to develop an approach to channelize their skills towards a practice of 'social design', with sense of responsibility and pride.  

Course Schedule

Day 1 – 19th (Thursday)
AM: Introduction:   

Introduction to the philosophy  of Refuse, Reduce , Reuse and  Recycle with an emphasis on systemic approach with social responsibility. Inspiration and inputs will be drawn from successful oriental practices, Gandhian philosophy,
Socio-economic models and enterprises.

Documentary films/ Ted talks by Arvind Gupta, Anupam Mishra

PM: Assignment/ exercise:  collect junk from immediate environ and design
useful / aesthetic / communicative artifacts.

Intro to the format of Mapping the life cycle of a product / system and expanding the steps into a creative representation / expression  by visiting Ravivari

Day 2- 22nd (Sunday)

Survey of Ravivari.

Map the life cycle of a product / system and expanding the steps into a creative representation / expression

Day 3 – 23rd  (Monday)
Discussion and presentation of their ravivari product cycle maps.
Identification of area of application and project buildup by students
Intro to course project:   ‘Jugaad’ as an ideology & as an Indian argument for ‘sustainable’ sustainability solution to green economy.
      DIY / re/up-cycling system design,
      Exploring seed ideas / areas of applicability for Indian context.
      Poster design & Personal argument as assignment.

Day 4 – 24th (Tuesday)

story of the stuff
Ideas of entrepreneurial models,   – talk by Rustam
course project continues – present final ideas with preliminary research.

Day 5 – 25th (Wednesday)
Classroom discussion on Thunk design and waste management models of kanika etc. 
Project progress review

Day 6 – 30th (Monday)
 Review @ 12
Discussion of display idea.
Day 7 – 31st (Tuesday)
Final Display.
Summery of learning from the course – group presentation & discussion— course documentation with reflective note.

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