By : wadeindia | 15 May 2018 | TRENDING WADe TOPICS
TIME IS CHANGING Quick Talks by Change Makers: Ar Tanvi Jain
Designing Tiny Houses
Ar Tanvi Jain
Young and vibrant daughter of interior designer, Pragati Jain, Tanvi, took to the stage of WADe in order to give voice to “an argument to socially contextualize architecture”. While on a grocery shopping spree with her mother, she was asked “Will you design a house for me?” by a vegetable seller. “I thought why not. It would give me chance to explore ways of using recycling material to reduce spilling costs, optimize like the ventilation to reduce running cost, and more” exclaims Tanvi. “I said Yes, but unfortunately the project got shelved for a while because of legal issues in the neighbourhood” she added. However, Tanvi continued the background study, “I was studying houses of all our domestic helps to understand how and in what conditions they live in and I found three main typologies” she said.
Talking about the first one, she says: “The first is a rented house with three people. It’s a tight space without a single window. Another thing I learnt that in the rented colony the houses are pre-vacated every two years”.
“The second is a self-built house with a family of five and when three closed sides there was no cross ventilation till they were asked to make a cut out in the roof,” Tanvi says about the second learning.
“The third thing was a Government subsidized flats for families. Now alongside this study I learnt that under the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana nearly 20 million houses are required to be built in the next 5 years to house all Indians. So I thought what if some real life project of building tiny houses is combined with Architectural education. Thus, I decided to launch ‘Tiny School’” she revealed.
Tiny school is basically a design and build program where interested students would build one small house from foundation to its furniture and make projects like the vegetable seller’s house a reality. “By constructing a small building relevant to its context they can engage more aspects of designing like special quality, materials, services, energy costs and everything that they learn as separate subject in Architecture school”. Even if a part of the intellectual capacity and artisanal ability of all Architecture’s School in the country is applying to 20 million houses, imagine how the Indian housing landscape can be transformed” said Tanvi on the significance of ‘Tiny school’.
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