Category Archives: Rural Innovation

Envisioning futuregaon 2010

Last night we began the envisioning process for bringing our prototype of a futuregaon, by 2010, to life. From basic infrastructure like how can we make our intent to electrify the entire village by using indigenously designed solar power units … Continue reading

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Ruminating on the compost heap

If we must clean up the sites of urban India, such as this beauty on the heavily trafficked Delhi Mehrauli road that leads to Gurgaon, then I suggest we worry more about how garbage disposal is handled in the cities … Continue reading

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Design challenge: futuregaon 2010

The future of India is literally in her villages, 550 million Indians under the age of 25. Over 65%  of whom live the rural hinterlands of the country and they cannot all migrate to the cities drawn by the glittering … Continue reading

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Edinburgh to Calcutta:Fair trade in India?

Well now! This will be one new entry into India’s emerging markets that I am going to thoroughly enjoy watching, carefully. Marks & Spencers announces their plans for an ambitious India and China push. Back home in the UK, they’ve … Continue reading

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Design for the future: Maximize constraints, minimize resources

If necessity is the mother of invention, is prosperity the father of consumption? Industrial design as a profession emerged from the roots of the Industrial Revolution, and flowered into full force during the post war boom of production in the … Continue reading

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Liminal spaces

Thinking over the questions I was asking myself at the end of the previous post, why exactly was I going to live in such a dramatically different environment out of personal choice, I find myself coming back to something I’ve … Continue reading

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Project Tiger – Immersion leads to understanding

I’m on my way to Ranthambhore in Rajasthan, India’s northwestern desert state, better known for its rampaging Rajput warriors, colourful nomads, crumbling killas and camels. Sitting here in Singapore – well, mom said stop over, do, its on your way, … Continue reading

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