A collaboration between MA Narrative Environments, MA Architecture, and the National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad, India.
Over two weeks, CSM and NID students worked together to design, fabricate and install interventions for the Prabhat Foundation, an educational charity supporting differently-abled children.
Team One focused on improving home life for 9 year-old Saniya, who has cerebral palsy. The team installed a mirror enabling Saniya and her mother to see each other throughout the day and made Saniya a set of cushions decorated with her favourite TV personalities.
For the Prabhat Centre school, Team Two created climb-on, climb-through benches incorporating varying textures, sounds and ball games, building social skills through play.
Team Three worked with Devika, an 11 year-old with cerebral palsy. They designed a trolley extending Devika’s mobility, a washing system to make bath time more fun and a play dome to share with friends.
The project’s outcomes brought enjoyment and dignity to young lives. Facilitating play between differently-abled and able children, the interventions encouraged social integration and helped erode the stigma of disability prevalent in India.
Tricia Austin CSM MANE Course Leader
Keshav Chatterjee Director of the Prabhat Centre
Sarah Featherstone CSM MANE Architecture Tutor
Tanishka Kachru NID Associate Senior Faculty
Mayank Loonker NID Senior Faculty
Prabat Centre design team
Ankita Trivedi CSM
Arjun Mc NID
Benjamin Mackay CSM
Celeste Caur NID
Chirag Patel CSM
Kajal Prabhakar NID
Kirsten Wehner CSM
Manas Majhi NID
Sara Jarc CSM
Varsha Mario Kachhap NID
Devika’s design team
Samhitha Kottamasu NID
Swarnika Nimje NID
Anouska O’Keeffe CSM
Ahelee Sarkar NID
Norbert Schwab CSM
Saniya’s design team
Shubham Sahu NID
Shamiso Oneka CSM
Michael Kennedy CSM
Pankti Jasoria NID