Research Priority Areas and Networking
CHCR conducts think tanks to brainstorm and identify the areas of research priority with the core resource group with similar interests. It also connects all stakeholders (SPA-faculty and students, other Institutes of higher learning, NGOs, government agencies, consumers, users and service providers) to address these priority areas. The center regularly organizes special lectures workshops, public exhibitions, conferences and awareness campaigns on the concerning areas. In recent past it has organized several national level events in collaboration with national and international organizations like Archaeological Survey of India, National Institute of Orthropaedically Handicapped, Arushi, DRONAH, Ability Unlimited, UNESCO, etc.
CHCR acts as a resource center to facilitate researches addressing people centric studies in the built environment at local, regional and national level. The center offers specialized academic courses in the related subjects and organizes training workshops and student competitions. Some national level training programme includes hands-on workshops and national student design competitions on the theme of ‘Inclusive Design’ and ‘Universal Design for Exploring World Heritage Sites in India’. At international level, the center recently conducted an international elective at National Institute of Design on ‘Designs for Elderly’ and will conduct design studio on ‘Universal Design for Cultural Interface in Sacred Site of Ujjain’ in the upcoming year under Berkeley Prize endorsed by Department of Architecture, University of California, Berkeley, USA.
Research and Design Development
CHCR Initiates and supports faculty and student projects in the identified priority areas at School of Architecture and Planning, Bhopal. It also supports undergraduate, postgraduate projects/studios and PhD research on the theme and sponsor faculty projects. Some of the projects include low-cost disabled friendly toilets in Anganwadi centers in association with Arushi and UNICEF, Universal Design India Project in collaboration with NID, Ahmedabad etc. Some current PhD researches include, ‘Rethinking Architectural Design to create Enabling Environments for the Indian Elderly’, ‘Working with leftover: Spaces, Material, People’, ‘Planned evolution of Vernacular Architecture to meet Needs of Urban Poor’ etc.
CHCR brings out publications on the subject for information sharing and developing a body of knowledge to help architects, engineers, planners, designers and other stakeholders, who work in this area. The center has published SPANDREL, an international refereed journal on ‘Social Sustenance by Social Equity’ to address needs of the vulnerable groups like persons with disabilities, children and elderly. It has also published an annual calendar on universal design to disseminate Universal Design India Principles and a monthly periodical for Design for All Institute of India. The center is developing user friendly guidelines with illustrations on barrier-free schools in Hindi, in association with an NGO Arushi. Another upcoming publication of CHCR ‘Uniting Differences’ is based on winning entries of a Design Competition on Inclusive Design.