Replenish supports Maker Fest 2017 and as such we will be collaborating in 2017. We are designing a sustainability strategy for Maker Fest and will provide the background for creating zero impact on the environment.
Replenish is a worldwide movement to give back more than we take. We support and facilitate sustainable, social businesses and invest in India towards a green, circular economy. Zero Carbon and Zero Waste is naturally amongst the themes of Replenish, as is Green Impact Investment and infrastructure that is in harmony with nature. Investment from across the world is available to India and this is an opportunity, which will encourage businesses towards environmentally friendly Alternatives.
What is Replenish?
This is a philosophy that drives our work on creating an economic system that shifts our consumer behavior towards protecting our planet. As part of our 52 week project, where we will be working closely with the different states of India to challenge the psychology of waste, we are keen to develop the economic case for living a more sustainable, healthy existence. CEPT and NID affiliation. Dr Tia Kansara is a visiting professor at CEPT and has conducted two courses on Replenish at CEPT. The first delved into Smart Cities (Bhutan and UAE).
The second, on Planning Cities (Japan). Students were taken on study tours of a variety of countries where they met with senior officials of state to discuss factors relating to the replenishment of Earth. This is a project co-curated by Tia and Mudita Pasari. Mudita is the lead designer of the project and the Indian representative of Replenish, a former alumni of NID. We are advised by National Institute of Design: Prof. Praveen Nahar; Prof. Tanishka Kachru as well as Centre of Environment Planning and Technology: Prof Tushar Bose and Prof. Ashwani Kumar.
Maker Fest Collaboration 2017
In January 2017, we are hosting the first day of Maker Fest.
There are 5 themes for Maker Fest this year:
- Psychology of Waste : what it tells us about ourselves. This topic explores the mindset around waste, what does waste have to do with us? How different people around the world view waste, and what are the characteristics of waste in India.
- Space Waste: Urban/ Policy/Physical/ out of view out of mind? There is an invisible line that exists between spaces that we maintain and those that, as citizens, we do not feel responsible for. In India the invisible line is around the perimeter of the home. This topic also explores how we hide our rubbish, and where we put it. It is an investigation on waste in our spaces. It is also an investigation on which spaces lead to waste, and how we factor in spaces for organising waste.
- Designer Products : Design/ Architects How we design items and what elements go to waste? What are the challenges to create waste-free products and who is pioneering this thinking and action?
- Practical (Waste) Resource : Where people have tried to change the output from waste to resource. Examples of innovative means to restore waste to resource with playgrounds etc.
- Innovation/Technology: The role of technology in the move from Waste to Make; Resources for the future. Software and hardware challenges and data science.
These are presented throughout the first day by speakers giving practical examples of each for the context of India. The themes are used by Maker Fest for workshops; CEPT installation and urban upgrading throughout the city.
A day in the life of a piece of crap
This is the theme of the first day of Maker Fest 2017, in Ahmedabad. The event will be hosted close to CEPT campus. The 5 themes above are used to showcase examples of work currently being done in India, and how they can provide guidance for more projects like this.
Installations across Ahmedabad
We are in alignment with the government’s Swachh Bharat campaign to cleanup India. For greater impact, we are looking to secure physical locations of varying sizes to hold side events for Maker Fest related to our themes; host speakers events; workshops and develop the dialogue of waste and how the public interact with it.
Dr Tia Kansara
Tia is an award-winning entrepreneur moderator, lecturer and author. She is the founder and director of Kansara Hackney Ltd. (KH), the first ISO quality controlled sustainable lifestyle consultancy in the UK. Tia did her Ph.D. at the Bartlett, University College London on designing future cities and energy evaluation in the Gulf. Since then she has published several papers and has been invited to advise on sustainable cities with governments and the private sector as well as keynote speeches at conferences around the world, such as the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development, BioTrade Initiative on sustainability.
Her recent work involved providing city governments with her concept of Replenish, a per capita assessment of ecosystem services and publishing her book, Replenish.
Mudita is a Spatial Designer who works largely with narratives in spaces. A graduate from the National Institute of Design, she has been associating herself with a variety of social intervention and awareness projects. Currently a student at the Rhode Island School of Design she is pursuing her masters and continuing her Design Practice under Kiviuq Designs.
Ishan Amin, Master’s