Sunday, August 2, 2009

Water in DCC: Industry, Domestic, Public Use & Agriculture

Water in our Lives: Gandhinagar DCC teams address water again - Industry, Domestic, Public Use & Agriculture

Prof. M P Ranjan

Image00: Blackboard at Gandhinagar DCC 2009 session where students responding to the question of “What is Design?” came up with a whole host of words that were listed as the session progressed and the end result was a fairly wholesome list of terms that could be associated with both the design process as well as with design learning.

Continuing with the theme this year of looking at water from many of its critical dimensions the teams at NID Gandhinagar were assigned the following areas of emphasis for their own journey of exploration and discovery of design and design learning.

1. Water in Industry
2. Water in Domestic Use
3. Water in Public Use
4. Water in Agriculture

Image01: Industry: Team of students looking the theme of Industry came up with these offerings as they brainstormed and organized their discovered words and concepts in a manner in which the team had understood the subject. Their structure was quite rich but their metaphor did not quite make the grade.

Image02: Domestic: The team dealing with domestic issues and perspectives came up with a very rich metaphor to capture the issues that they had discovered from their exploration of their own memories of the subject of water in their own lives.

Image03: Public Use: The team dealing with the Public use of water with a focus on urban applications came up with a very powerful expression of the human body to capture their understanding of the systems of relationships but their structure was not yet fully evolved and the model did not show the relationships although the seeds of the possibilities were touched upon.

Image04: Agriculture: The model was once again a human body but this time more like a Scare-crow in the field which may be appropriate for the subject of agriculture that they were dealing with. However the structure left out many gaps that we think shows the gaps in our own urban understanding of the realities in the rural situations today.

Prof. M P Ranjan

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