The second edition of Designuru , a six-day architecture, art and design festival, was held at the Rangoli Art Centre, recently. The fest, organised by the Institute of Indian Interior Designers (IIID), included events categorised in such a way that each day was dedicated to one kind of design. It had some interesting, visually appealing installations from fashion students, architecture firms and retired professionals.
Thematic representation of culture
JD Institute of Fashion Technology showcased a thematic installation, which included three mannequins, each of them wearing an outfit made out of various items, excluding the use of fabric. Taniya Shankar, a final year student, who put up the installation along with three other team members, said, "We tried to include three types of culture in our designs, each different from the other. The three themes chosen for this were sensuality, casino lifestyle and autumn. Each included unique elements of the theme. The look of the three mannequins was planned as chic, luxurious and classy." The display also included photographs of their previous designs and charcoal sketches made by some of the faculty members of the college.
The city of vitalities
10BY10 Studio, a Bengaluru-based startup, displayed a scaled-down version of their upcoming project, combining art, typography, heritage and awareness. A connected sign, an acronym of 'I Love Bengaluru', depicted the present state of public awareness, cleanliness, material waste segregation and energy-efficiency. Named Vita'luru, it depicted a heart as part of the sign, denoting love for the city. Wires and mesh shaped up the sign and each letter was made up of discarded plastic bottles, soda cans, waste paper, electrical materials and plants.
Namma Bengaluru - then and now
Retired Professor R Anantha Ramu, former chief architect of ISRO, had displayed his photographs of the city from about 30 years ago. Shot on film cameras, the images showed the vast differences in development in Bengaluru's neighborhoods, roads and landmarks. Speaking on how the city's design, architecture and mapping has changed, he said, "I used to do a lot of photography as a hobby, while working at ISRO three decades ago. Later, I realised how important this visual documentation will be for today's generation. I think it is important for students to see how the city has changed. With the display of these pictures of popular places, they can see how the landscape has changed completely.
Designs that aim to educate
Some of the designs displayed at the fest aimed at teaching a certain aspect of architecture, such as the urban design of Halasuru, which explained the planning of the neighbourhood, giving form and character to its present structure, including the design of buildings, public spaces and transport systems. The fest also had an independent display of a structure of Mahatma Gandhi spinning the chakhra made up only of metal wires. The construction process of this structure included submerged arc welding. Another work on display was an abstract take on shapes, consisting of clay tiles, which was made at the fest itself, to demonstrate the feasibility and importance of structure in every design. It was made with the support of steel frames and metal stands, which were removed after the structure was complete to explain how abstract design can stand independently.