Hauz Ki Kahaani,
Hauz Rani, Delhi
This was a student competition that I worked on with Varun Bajaj and Bhavika Aggarwal. We didn’t win but we realised that we really enjoyed working with each other. This could have well been the genesis for Delhi Dallying. The brief called for the detailed analysis of an urban neighbourhood and the careful consideration of associated lost traditions. We looked at the urban village of Hauz Rani in Delhi and its associations with the old -the now lost; and the new –pottery that started by immigrants after 1947. The main aim of the intervention was to start a conversation in the community about their deep-rooted relationship with nature by bringing to light the many ways in which the human being is (and always will remain) dependent on nature. We proposed to convert a barren neighbourhood park into a potters’ collective studio and an open soak pit for multipurpose use and slow rainwater recharge. You can read the final report for the project here.