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.

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  WEEK 2

For week 2 we were separated into groups of two , each group had to go and interview two street vendors , study their life , their problems and sketch their activities . My partner and I went to Churchgate to find our street vendors ,she interviewed a cobbler and I interviewed a coconut selling vendor . Before asking him a series of questions , I started off by buying coconut water from him then I introduced myself and told him the reason behind the interview . Then I asked him if he could spare 10 to 15  minutes of his time . The questionnaire and his answers are attached below:


What is your name?


Where are you from?


Till what grade have you studied ?

Till 3rd grade

How long does it take for you to come to work?

It takes 50 minutes by train

Since when are you doing this job?

Since 17 years

What work do you do?

Sells coconuts for a living

Where is your family?

They stay in Thane

Do you have kids?

Two kids

Do they go to school?

Yes they go to school

How many customers do you get in a day?

About 50 customers

While working what problems do you face?

Have a lot of health issues

What do you do during monsoon?

Cover the shop with plastic sheets

Is there something you’d like to change about your job?

No I’m happy with my job

What about the tools? What problems do you have while using them?are they easy to use?

When I shave the coconut I tend to cut my hand from time to time

What are your plans for the future?

I want to keep selling coconuts and lead a happy and simple life




My sketches are attached below:




For week 2 we had to analyse the problems that the street vendor had . We chose the cobbler this time because he had more problems. . We revisited the cobbler and did a more detailed research of his problems and sketched out his problems .

I found various problems like – no place to keep umbrellas handles , glue sticking to hand , too many mosquitos , holes in cupboard due to rain , no proper equipment to keep the shoe and so on . two of my sketches are attached below :

Once we brought the sketches to class , each of us presented it individually and we got both positive and negative feedback which really helped us.


These two weeks helped me understand the importance of research and though somethings may seem simple when you dig deeper there is so many minute details you’re missing out . The first time we went to the street vendor we did’nt find that many problems but when we revisited his shop we found so many minute problems that go easily unnoticed . This is what I took back from the assignment .

space and materiality



   I’ve always loved collecting materials wherever I go , so when I found out we have a class called Space and Materiality I was thrilled . Week 1 was an eye opener , we were asked to name as many materials as possible and it was surprising to see the number we came up with !! We came up with around 50 materials like sand , paper , foam , plastic , thermocol ,  rocks , metal and many others . Later I divided them into three categories-  linear , planar and granular .

Continue reading “SPACE AND MATERIALITY (WEEK 1 AND 2)”

Integrative Studio


We moved on to the next class for the day , Integrative Studio .  We started off by getting to know Pooja ma’am and eventually introduced ourselves , I was taken by surprise , no one had chosen interior design . Things got super interesting , we were told to go around the ISDI campus and interview manual workers and in the process understand a day in their lives. The main aim of the project was to teach us that design starts with research . Behind every good design there is a lot of research. Research answers questions like , who am I targeting ? will it be cost effective ? will people buy it ? is it durable ? and it goes on and on . When I started interviewing people , most of them were scared  ( did not know if it was because of my broken Hindi or because I was a complete stranger , hope is was the stranger part).

It was a very new experience , after trial and error I learnt that in order to interview people you need be really careful with the order of your questions (the personal questions would come later on). I had interviewed two people , a janitor and a security guard . After an hour I presented my opinions and ideas in front of the class and how I as a designer could help make their lives a little better. After listening to others opinions and criticism I realised that constructive criticism also plays a major role in obtaining a good design . To sum it all up , the experience as a whole helped me understand how vital research and criticism is for design.