Faculty: Aparajita Basu

Democracy and Well-being through Interior Design

There is a complex network of interconnected systems within an ecosystem. Keeping the human being at the centre of this ecosystem, the natural and built environment, and other life forms including other humans are important not only for their survival but also their well-being. Human well-being can be achieved only through a comprehensive understanding of this ecosystem from the larger scale of the biosphere to the more intimate scale of an interior built environment in relation to the diverse cultures, societies and individuals that exist within it. A large part of an individual's life is spent within a built environment. The role of the interior designer thus becomes critical in affecting the well-being of an individual.
Health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity - World Health Organization Constitution
The WHO definition of health is a key goal in formulating the framework for this research. The study can be developed with a focus on any one or more criteria listed below, which can help set up different design frameworks for human well-being.
Contextual / Functional / Ergonomical / Aesthetic / Sensory /Psychological / Social/ Sociological
Another key goal for the well-being of a democratic society is equality, justice and liberty. How can a deeper understanding of the human condition help us design environments that uphold human dignity and justice as a measure of well-being? What is the role of interior design in creating such environments? How can Interior Design help in creating inclusive and equitable environments?
These are the larger questions, I would like to propose as my research area, within which students can locate their independent research.

Directed Research Project

Design Boot Camp

Generating a Hypothesis

Expressing the Hypothesis

Organizing Materiality

Materialising the Interior Specialisation