A very special Change Talk - Friday Funda was held at the Godrej India Culture Lab in Vikhroli on Friday August 1 . Archana Prasad, Navroze Godrej and Rajeev Thakkar, the creators of three of India's most interesting collaborative urban space projects shared their experience in creating these spaces and discussed with each other and the audience, the pleasure and complications of designing for community building in Indian cities.
Archana Prasad is the Founder-Director of Jaaga Bangalore, a community based urban art, tech and activism project, shared her dream for the future of Jaaga, including expanding classes that are being held in a banana plantation near Bangalore!
Navroze Godrej who works on the Godrej Group's disruptive innovation initiatives through the Godrej Innovation Centre, that has incubated several businesses such as ChotuKool, a cooler for rural markets, spoke about his creation, The Hubble, Godrej's new collaborative workspace in Vikhroli, that is re-imagining the traditional employer-employee relationship and visualising the corporation as a platform for people to do their best work.
Rajeev Thakkaris a practicing architect and the director of Columbia University's GSAAP Studio X project in Mumbai. He spoke about how Studio X is creating a collaborative platform for architects, artists, planners, developers and activists, to engage in research, exhibition and debates regarding future of cities.
Along with interesting discussions, the evening saw several eminent personalitiesincluding Mr.Nadir Godrej and his wife Mrs.Rati Godrej, Ms.Nisaba Godrej, Mr.VijayCrishna, and Ms.MeeraSanyal.
Speaking on the occasion, Mr.ParmeshShahani, Head, Godrej India Culture Lab said, “The lab is all about cross pollination, meeting new people and exchanging ideas, which is why we host events, talks and discussions which range from fashion to art and culture and today this very interesting Change Talk on collaborative urban space projects. We saw a brilliant turnout today and hope to witness the same enthusiasm of people in the future as well.”