Design Jatra started with the explorations and observations of its founding architects in the rural hinterlands of Palghar district. The initial seed of its practice is surprisingly not architectural in nature but rather an intense documentation program called ‘The Umbilical Connection’ which was aimed at understanding the tribal context of the Palghar district. Workshops were our way of coming up with participatory, bottoms-up and emergent solutions to the issues faced by the tribal ethos of the district.
(Ar. Vinit Dharia, documenting activities during Umbilical connection 1 workshop)
(Ar. Anuradha Wakade, documenting biodiversity during Umbilical connection 2 workshop)
If one is to expect doing relevant work in the rural context, it is as important to understand the daily routine of a tribal rice farmer as it is to understand the wattle and daub technology. It is with this intention that we continue conducting documentation and analysis workshops with students of various colleges. The workshops expose the students to a very different context and mindset from their familiar urban environment that confines them to their design studios.
(Team of architects during documentation of traditional typologies in Kelthan village, Palghar district)