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Hands-on Building of ModSkool

Yamuna Khadar, Delhi, 2017

ModSkool is a low-cost school with a modular design that was constructed for the children of the farming community in Yamuna Khadar. The project won the Beazley Design Award 2020 for the architecture category. Initiated by Social Design Collaborative, it was built in a few days in the summer of 2017 and dismantled as quickly by the community to protect from demolitions, evictions, and flooding. The school now sits relocated and reassembled further south along the river on the banks of the Hindon River serving the farming community in Kulesra village.

I was involved in the fundraising, community engagement, and hands-on work for ModSkool as part of a multidisciplinary team involving the community. It was a starting point for me to designing and building with communities and exploring transience in architecture. You can read more about the project here. 

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Picture credits: suryanandang

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Building Process Illustration by Anchal Sayal 

Photo Credits (L to R): Kanchan Joneja, Suryan//Dang

Documentation sketches of settlement
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Sketches documenting building techniques within the settlement

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