Pacific Mall

We all know our teachers never let friends to be in one group and this was my sad story. Our class was divided in groups of 5, my group members are-Ipsa, Adarsh, Sagan, Monalisha and I. We are assigned Pacific mall as our area of research, which is located in Tagore Garden, West Delhi. Metro is a feasible transportation to the mall. The mall gives the place an urban and luxurious look. Pacific Mall has all types of shops and for all age groups – has men and women wear, game zone, food court and even a departmental store. Visiting a mall is the most easy and simple thing, it’s air conditioned, welcoming stores, proper food and you don’t have to use any staircase on the other hand it’s tough to find problems in an organized place. We divided the workload floor wise, as there were 4 floors to look into, me and Ipsa together studied the ground floor. As we were sketching and clicking pictures of the mall, the management started having issues regarding the same. So we had to be careful, the guards had eyes on us.

But unfortunately we miss read the instructions and thus we gathered wrong information, like not wrong but these were instructions for our later part of the module. We had to just observe the system, objects, social culture, marketing and ambience; instead we were busy looking for problems in the mall.

After giving a presentation to our mentors we got a better idea as how to go about the project. Therefore we decided that for our next visit we would move together and divide the categories rather than the floors.

Tell me about your experience if you visited Pacific Mall, Delhi.


Final Module

Here comes the final module – design process. It was an amazing year, made new friends, new curriculum, new phase of life.
This final module includes applying sequential approach to design situation using a proper process of designing. It mainly aims at studying macro/micro environment and developing a learner’s sensitivity and responsibility, consider issues faced by the society and culture in an environment.
We will be divided in groups and appointed a macro area somewhere in Delhi, which we will study. We’ll look into it’s social culture, object & material, ambience, process & system and marketing & merchandise. We have to use the same research method used in last module and observe the place inside-outside. After that we need to formulate potential design proposals for the micro areas which we think is inconvenient or improper. With that we need to give a feasible solution to overcome the problem.
Visit to our macro area is scheduled in the coming up week. Lets hope it will be a success.

Bamboo, Woodcraft and Banarsi

This module revolves around Indian-International Craft/ Folk/ Tribal art/ Design Movements /Bio mimicry. It aims help us to develop an approach to generate ideas that can be changed into productive outcomes and apply research methods to support the data collection and analysis.

We had 5 categories to look into

  • Craft is handmade form of art done for earning a living. It is practiced internationally.
  • Folk art is utilitarian and decorative rather than purely aesthetic. “India has inherited a pre-Aryan culture which is reflected in the folk art. Different religions, sectors and beliefs have co-existed throughout Indian traditional life.”[1]
  • In the contrary Tribal art generally refers to artifacts created in the past and native art. [2]
  • Design movements are the change and development in the world of art practiced on a large scale.
  • Bio mimicry according to means taking inspiration from the nature n using in the designs.

After exploring and collecting some data I decided to choose 3 most interesting topics, the first being- bamboo and cane craft from northeast- ‘Assam’, next up- beautiful brocade weaving of ‘Varanasi’ and lastly walnut woodcraft of heavens of earth-‘Kashmir’. I found bamboos as an exciting option because the outcomes are extremely creative and unique but it lacked in color variety and detailing. My next choice was the intricate work of walnut woodcraft, for me this was the best topic to go forward with but unfortunately the data available was not sufficient. Hence finally I decided to go forth with brocade textile because of the colorful, detailed, rich and festive fabric is so fascinating and to be honest I found a huge amount of ready data.