Faculty: Kruti d Shah

Light Infrastructures

Departing from the increasing contemporary necessity to address issues of urban marginality, structural violence and community disfranchisement, we invited the students to explore the possibilities that urban designers -and researchers- possess to generate positive changes in contexts of scarcity. We situated the studio as a glimpse into recent practices that have dealt with such topics, while investigating the different sets of complexities that informal contexts contract in a close interaction with the people that comprise them. From that, the studio was set as a space of experimentation not only with processes of collaborative design, but mainly with the contingencies of construction and implementation of urban inserts. More specifically, small-scaled urban devices that worked in an informal settlement at the outskirts of Ahmedabad. Therefore, given that the object of design was a transportable architectural object that could accommodate diverse productive activities -while addressing infrastructural lacking in the neighborhood- we termed these ‘Light Infrastructure’. A device that was flexible, multi-functional and of a low energy impact, that simultaneously dealt directly with socially relevant (and hence politicized) resources.