Sustainability Systems



The session started with a brief about our new project, we were told that each group is supposed to visit either night schools, NGOs or municipal schools. We had to visit any one place we chose and do an in-depth study of the place.

We spoke about the different topics we can study into when we visit these places. There are so many factors that makes an institution what it is. Everyone spoke about the different things that can be looked into. We can study into the type of institution, the hierarchy, age groups at the institution, understand their curriculum, where the teachers come from, where the students come from, study the environment there, the facilities there, funding, the history of the establishment and study their alumni.

Later we drifted away from the topic and started talking about how everything is made up of many micro steps. Even the process of entering college and getting to class can be broken down in hundreds of steps, passing through the revolving doors slows down our speed and only few people can pass through within a given time and putting our bags through security check also further slows the process and if there is some design solution to solve these problems, people who come five minutes late might be on time. So we should we able to micro analyse and break a process into many steps, this helps one understand the process much better.

The topic then slipped into ethnography, we had a very interesting conversation about how the way you frame the question during an interview can completely change the response you get. We spoke about some examples and tried it out in class and to some questions people opened up more and to others not really.

Then we came back to talking about the new projects, based on our vertical of choice we were separated into groups. We sat in our groups and started talking about each others verticals and which place we were going to visit. For the next two weeks we were told to go to the place we chose and do our research.

Integrative Studio II


For this semester Integrative seminar and studio were linked and we were going to be working on the same topic on both the courses. So with a continuation to the first class of the day (integrative seminar) we had to read deeper into the problem our group identified “lack of recreational space”.

I started doing online research and gathered statistical data and interesting facts about how students need recreational activities. I made notes to support my research and then worked on documenting the information. I already gathered pictures and videos for documentation.


I documented the research as follows:

1. Problem identification

2. Primary research

3. Looking at potential empty spaces

4. Secondary research

5. Looking at other campuses with similar layout

6. Statistical data

7. Conclusion

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Once each of us were done with our documentations, we were put into our seminar groups and each group had to pick an ecosystem and study it. Do online research, make sketches, take pictures and videos.

Integrative seminar II


All the groups were ready with their presentations. Each group had to gather information on their problem with pictures and videos. The main problem our group identified was the “lack of recreational space”, the ISDI campus is a concrete building and there is no space where the students and faculty can cut away from their daily routine. Here is how we went about our research:

1. Problem identification:

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2. Campus research:

We found empty unused spaces that could be put to use.

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3. ISME campus:

The ISME and ISDI campus have the same layout but in ISME there are these small ideation corners where the students and faculty can sit and relax.

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4. Looking at recreational spaces in other universities:

We did research on some of the recreational spaces in India’s design colleges.

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After presenting our research to our peers and faculty, they appreciated our comparative research and the way we went about with it. We were told that we went a little into the solution part of the research and that we should cut back to the ground research.

It was also interesting to look at the different ways people went about with their research, one group had an entire video of their space and the problems identified. Towards the end of the class, we just individually spoke to the faculty about the next part of the projects



The session started with a reintroduction to the course “Time”, few of us gave a brief of what happened the previous class. After that, it was time to get our hands dirty, we got poster paints and A5 sheets to class.

Each of us were asked to make paintings of the 5 elements of nature and the 5 senses. We had to let our mind loosen up and let creativity take over. There were no restrictions, we had the freedom to make as many abstract paintings as we wanted; the paintings had to be abstract and not that literal. The whole point of the exercise was to take away our fear of paints and get confident with the paint brush.

So we just dipped our brushes in the paint and started painting, as we got the hang of it, ideas started streaming in and we got a lot more comfortable with the paint. I explored various ways of painting, blending the colours together, splashing it on the canvas and using the brush and bits of paper to create textures.


2. Fire– Thick black smoke fading away
3. Water– shows the flow of water
4. Water- shows waves and ripples, the colours show the diversity of aquatic life
5. Land- the fingerprints look like impressions of shoes on land
6. Sight– Phosphenes- the colours and shapes you see when you close your eyes
7. Smell– Its shaped like a nose, inhaling ad exhaling air
8. Taste– Explosion of flavours
9. Sound- Sound waves emerging from a point
10. Water– The splashing of water

Once we were done exploring with the paints, each of us had to pick one of our favourite paintings and display it on the table. The boring white table was filled with everyones colourful paintings, we all gathered around the table to discuss and critique others work. We spoke about a few paintings, some were very fluid and you could see the person wasn’t rigid while painting it but others were structured, like the person was conscious about the white space while painting.


It was interesting to see how everyone perceived the five senses and elements in a different way, it helped broaden my imagination. Exploring with poster paints gave we confidence with the brush and I started enjoying the activity. Though each persons art looked meaningless to the other, there was so much meaning to why it was that way.

Sustainability Systems



The lecture began with a short discussion about climate change and how it affects us in our day to day lives and in the long run. We were given a brief about the documentary “Before the floods”, it is a film by Leonardo DiCaprio; the UN messenger of Peace with a special focus on climate change. It is a spectacular documentary in which DiCaprio meets with scientists, activists and world leaders to discuss the dangers of climate change.

The documentary covered a lot of unpleasant facts and statistical data about climate change in order to bring about awareness among individuals. One topic I found very interesting was the Sumatra forests that have been exploited for obtaining palm oil which is the cheapest oil. The whole forest has been destroyed resulting in endangerment of wildlife, deforestation and pollution. In Baffin Island(Arctic Canada), ice caps have shrunk 50% from the 1950s causing rise in sea level.

I found certain facts about India very interesting, I’ve mentioned some of them: In India 30M people have no electricity and 30% have no access to power and 700M people use biofuel for cooking. In a 2015 forest fire, the carbon released into the atmosphere was more than the carbon released in an entire year in the US.

Overall the documentary brought about a lot of awareness, there were a lot of unpleasant facts and statistical data that helped bring out the truth about climate change. Climate change is a major issue, an issue that cannot solved by one individual or a group of people, everyone needs to take a step; companies, households, leaders and individuals. Some people want to make a change, some people don’t really care and other have two minds about it. With everything that is going on in people’s lives, most people wouldn’t have much concern for climate change.

Once we were done watching the film, we started talking about infographics. Infographics is a way of depicting information through graphic visuals, most common examples of infographics are pie charts and icons. Each of us were asked to take up one issue from the film, find out 10 facts about the issue and represent the information through infographics and bring it for next class.


Over the week, each of us had to chose a vertical and sub topic based on the film “HOME” and do thorough research on it and bring the information we gathered to class. I chose the vertical Aquatic ecosystem and my sub topic as coral reefs.

First I started researching about aquatic life and then moved onto coral reefs. I took reference from multiple websites, I took notes of the information so its easier refer to and understand better.

After taking down notes, I typed out the data in a word document along with facts and statistics. Some interesting facts were: (i)Coral reefs cover less than 0.2 percent of our oceans but they contain approximately 25 percent of the world’s marine fish species, (iii)approximately 30 million people depend on coral reefs for their livelihood and (iii)a coral is considered fast growing if it grows between 10 to 20cm in a year but some only grow millimetres in that period etc.

Once the lecture began, few of us had to present our research to everyone, one person from each topic. This way we understood a lot about others topics and how each topic bleeds out into another. People who chose fashion spoke about how politics and water is a part of fashion. It was really interesting to see how all the topics are interlinked and related in many ways.

For the next class, we were asked to continue our research and gain knowledge in our verticals and sub topics.

Integrative Studio II


Integrative studio was a familiar subject, each of us had a basic idea of what we were going to do. Studio is a subject where you research, ideate and eventually create. The session with an in depth conversation about ecosystems, the ability of different organisms to coexist makes makes that place an ecosystem. There are natural ecosystems and unnatural ecosystems.

Natural ecosystems are forest ecosystems, dessert ecosystems, ocean ecosystems and so on. Each of us were asked to make a list of unnatural ecosystems, as many as possible. I wrote down: restaurants, social media, Mumbai local, plantation, apps, museums, airports, police stations, cargo ship and so on. Out of these our faculty chose five ecosystems. Mine were restaurants, Mumbai local, plantation, museum and catering. Each of us had to visit these places and do an in depth research about the place, starting from observing the place to taking pictures, videos, audios and making live sketches.

For the second part of the session, we were asked to go to one part of the ISDI campus and study the ecosystem there. I went to the library, on observing the space carefully and talking to the librarian, I had a clear idea of the system in the library and the problems that need to be fixed.

Later, each of us discussed our observations with the faculty and our peers. In the morning before college starts, the library is well organised and the books are categorised based on their genre but as the day goes on people pick up books and leave them in the wrong shelves. At the end of the day, this gives the librarian a lot of work. Students keep losing books and a lot of books go missing. These were the observations I made. Everyone shared their experience and observations and each of us put forth our point of view.