Faculty: Deepa Maheshwari

Designed Ecologies

The course looked at designing new ecologies for constantly developing cities that addressed highly stressed and conflicted areas which could be manipulated to bring new meanings to the current scenario. For a long period of time, we have existed with a sense of dualism between nature and the city. This phenomenon has led to crossroads upon which there are conflicts. Conflicted areas are often highly stressed pockets that require an in depth and empathetic approach.

Any form of design that minimizes environmentally destructive impacts by integrating itself with living processes shall lead to designed ecologies. The art of reconnecting humans and nature such that they bring new meanings to existing ecologies which may be disrupted, disturbed or altered was our studio objective.

Resilience, the ability of complex systems to adapt to changing conditions is a key frontier in ecological research which is especially relevant in creating meaningful urban interventions.