While traversing the country, Design had a tryst with Delhi
With the mission of soaking the lives of the masses with design, IIID has set out on a 15,000km journey – appropriately christened Design Yatra – which will connect its 30 regional chapters across the country. Design Yatra is symbolised by four Tata Nanos, the car of the masses, which are travelling as a convoy to all regional chapters. The yatra was flagged off from Indore by IIID national president Pratap Jadhav on 28 February this year, with the aim of highlighting the importance of design in our daily lives, and will culminate on 17 February next year.
On 9th July the four Nanos reached Delhi. They were received by members of the Delhi regional chapter, at Pradeep Sachdeva’s Design Studio in Aya Nagar on the outskirts of town. Office bearers of the Jaipur chapter, who had driven the cars to Delhi, handed over the keys to their Delhi counterparts.
The Delhi episode of Design Yatra included a guided tour of the studio followed by screening of the documentary ‘A House from Kerala’ by Sudhesh Unniraman. The documentary systematically documented the process by which Sachdeva, with assistance of local aachaaris and masons, took apart a Kerala Therawad house, to put it back together in Sultanpur in Haryana, almost 2,500 kilometers away from its roots.
Next day the Nanos drove into Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, amidst cheering students of JD Institute of Fashion Technology and their parents. This was the venue of a presentation by Hanif Kureshi from St+art India, and an exhibition showcasing the works of students of JD Institute. Hanif Kureshi spoke about the Lodhi Art District, and the Work In Progress – WIP exhibition at Tughlaqabad depot. He also showcased some of his professional work: interface with typeface, and its use in interior design.
On 15th July conservation architect Smita Makhija led a heritage walk through the Hauz Khas monument. She also mentored the students of JD institute on a wall art project, using metaphors from the monument. A panel discussion ‘Craft and Design Thinking’ with Jaya Jaitley, Pradeep Sachdeva and Anjana Somany as panellists and Purnima Rai as moderator, was organised on Jul 16 at Dilli Haat. An exhibition of award winning designs and students’ work were also on display at the Haat.
The next destination of the Yatra was Kadarpur, a village near Gurgaon. The Delhi Regional Chapter, the Indian Plumbing Association, developer KPDK, and M K Gupta, a public health engineer, collaborated to educate inhabitants of the village on issues relating to water supply, sanitation and rain water harvesting. This trip was followed by a visit to Jaipur Rugs.
On July 21, Noida’s Design Innovation Academy was host to Polish architects Malgozata Kuciewicz and Simone De Lacobis. The duo spoke on the successful work in the public realm, by Centrala, a group of designers at Warsaw. A ‘gala nite’ was organised the next day at the India Habitat Centre. Ar Habeeb Khan, from Nagpur, shared his thoughts on experiments with contemporary vernacular traditions, and its translation into the built environment.
The concluding event, on July 23 was ‘A Treat in Retreat’, at the IBK Fair by UBM Index at Pragati Maidan, with architects Tony Joseph and Rahul Kadri presenting their works in the hospitality sector.
As all good things come to an end, the four Nanos were flagged off after this event in the presence of the national president, honorary secretary, and office bearers of Delhi Regional Chapter. Shubh yatra…