Integrative Studio II


For the next seven weeks we were going to move on to another assignment. We were given a brief about the assignment, the idea was to find our specific interests in the discipline we were going to choose.

The class started off with a detailed description of what comes under each discipline. On the board we had written all the elements that come under all the six disciplines. Since I was going to opt for product design, I quickly noted down my interests toy, accessory, automobile, furniture, lighting, smart app, electronics and so on. The next step was to create a rough mind map of these sub topics so as to understand what we were going to do in the future.


For the eighth week we had to do a more detailed research on the topics we were interested in the most. I chose toy design, lifestyle accessory design, furniture design and automobile design.

I started the mind map with the process of making and launching a product, the lifecycle of product design and then branch into my interests. Under my interests I wrote what the course entails and the different types of products that would come under it.


We then individually discussed our mind maps with our faculty and got a better clarity on our area of interest.

Integrative Studio II


The next step of the project was to come up with solutions to the problems we had identified the previous class. We had two weeks to discuss and work on our solution sketches until finalising our solution.

The solution that we give had to be in respect with the discipline we were going to opt next year. As I was going to chose product design, I had to come up with a product. In the first week, I started making a couple of rapid solution sketches.

Next we had to come up with solutions to the problems we had identified the previous class. We had two weeks to discuss and work on our solution sketches until finalising our solution.

The solution that we give had to be in respect with the discipline we were going to opt next year. As I was going to chose product design, I had to come up with a product. In the first week, I started making a couple of rapid solution sketches.

My final solution was to solve the problem of littering. Since trains don’t have dustbins I’ve designed a dustbin that will be placed alongside the doors of the trains so people can throw waste when they get on and off the trains. At the end of the day the workers just have to pull the mid tray so the waste falls into another segment which then can detach with the help of a handle. This makes it easy for them to clear out the waste everyday. The lid locks up when the bin is full so as to prevent an overflow of waste. There are two dustbins next to each side of the door, one for organic and the other for inorganic waste, they will be placed next to each door in every coach.




Integrative seminar II · Integrative Studio II


For review week, each group had to club their seminar and studio work into a single presentation. We had two minutes each to present and explain our work. The presentation included our research, photographs and perspectives for studio and a project brief for seminar. We made a short video to capture a day in the rails.

After presenting our work to the class, we got inputs from the faculty as well as our peers. The plus points of our presentation was the amount of information, the video and our mind map. We were asked to improve on categorising our research and our project brief.

The review helped us realise where we were going wrong and we had the next couple of weeks to correct our presentation and work on the project.

‘Journey on the rails’-

Integrative Studio II


Now that we were done studying ecosystems within the ISDI campus, it was time to scale up the project. Each group had to pick up an ecosystem outside the campus and study it in depth.

Our group chose the Mumbai Suburban Railway, it is a vast ecosystem with a lot of potential for research. The idea was to understand how the entire system works from the ticketing to the train routes to the on board accommodations to the signages and so on. We first did a thorough online research and gathered all necessary information and put down our findings in a presentation.

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Having done this, we now had a better understanding of the system and we were ready to move on  with the second part of the research.

Secondary research is visiting the chosen place and doing live research of the place, so we went to the Lower Parel station and took a ticket to Bandra and stopped at each station to observe the system, the crowd, the entire environment, the look and feel of the places. Having done our primary research it is was much easier to understand the activity around us, we took pictures, audios and videos. We took down the key points we observed during our visit.


To proceed to the next part of the research we were going to choose one part of the Suburban Railway system and study that part in detail

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.

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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.