Concept Development and Prototyping at UnBox LABS 2014

From 1991 to 2011 the urban population in India has increased from 100 million to 200 million. By 2041, 50-percent of India’s population is expected to live in cities. The issue is not India’s alone; UN estimates say that by 2050, 70 per cent of the world’s population will live in cities. While growth in urban populations puts increasing pressure on the infrastructure that makes them work, it can also be an opportunity to reimagine future cities.

Khoriyar Nagar, Ahmedabad — Credit: Paul Sermon Khoriyar Nagar, Ahmedabad — Credit: Paul Sermon Eames Plaza, National Institute of Design — Credit: Claire McAndrew Khoriyar Nagar, Ahmedabad — Credit: Paul Sermon Eames Plaza, National Institute of Design — Credit: Claire McAndrew Khoriyar Nagar, Ahmedabad — Credit: Paul Sermon

UnBox LABS 2014 aspired to extend the discourse of infrastructure development and policy through cross-disciplinary collaborations that place human experience at the heart of the future city. It brought together 35 researchers and creative practitioners from the UK and India to pinpoint opportunities from the complex systems that form our cities. Drawing upon design, research and digital technology, the 10-day LAB prototyped qualitative & subjective interventions to build communities of engaged, responsible citizens.

  1. UnBox LABS 2014 Documentary

The UnBox LABS 2014 brought together 35 creative practitioners and researchers from India and the UK at NID Ahmedabad to collaboratively explore the theme of Future Cities.

  1. 3×4 Documentary — UnBox LABS 2014

This project explores the qualities and values built through self-organised communities that are lost in the resettlement process. It is about providing alternative digital platforms – another experience that connects people, in a way that creates ownership and authorship. Enabling people to create their own protocols for connection, as existing ones are not designed for their needs. Using these dimensions as an interface to connect fractured communities, the project aims to explore new hybrids of digital space and how the boundaries of space are shifting as we look toward the future. What might new systems of engagement look like? What will multi-dimensional spaces look like psychologically, physically, digitally and ecologically? How can these be understood through co-creation and collaboration?

24 February to 7 March 2014
National Institute of Design in Ahmedabad
http://labs.unboxfestival.com