Focus 2019: Sustainability – Meet Akshata
As each year passes by and the number count continues, a city rises and so do the number of people in it. With a rise in a city’s population, there is a growth of competition and every other man in today’s cities ends up in a rat race for survival. As this goes on every level is heightened- population, pollution, infrastructure and so on, but the amount of land left is just a bare minimum for our use. Such situations in today’s cities and the amount of pressure on the resources in hand is creating dreadful issues, the implications of which are manifold.
I recently graduated in 2018 and my dissertation was Urban Retreat which revolved around space-crunch scenarios in present cities affecting the most environmental issues today. The main objective was to identify the dead voids in the heart of the city and opening it up for a better public-use which simultaneously helps in converting the existing chunk from brown to green.
My inclination towards sustainability reached its peak while doing my thesis on how every kind of space be it tiny or huge has to be tackled in such a way that its environmental effect is not only zeroed down but how it can upgrade to become green breathing lungs which creates positive effects over-time.
Currently, I’m working at RJB-CPL in Mumbai and a part of the sustainability team, EdEn – Educated Environments. The following installation was designed during the FAB Biennale 2018-19 – UnEarth Exhibition, which depicts how MAN has impacted our planet through different industries leaving imprints on every kind of resource right from food, clothing, shelter to pharmaceuticals, electronics and so on.
Architecture being a field of experimentation can tremendously affect the surroundings. We only have 1 Planet Earth, so we ought to focus on how to make the world a better place by making attempts to minimize the impact on the earth and offer its residents an enhanced quality of life.