eCoexist presents : The Beauty of Recycling festival 2015

An event to highlight the aesthetic potential of waste

Designers Meet

19 Dec: 7 pm : Panel Discussion at The LOFT on the theme

‘ Designing for Social Change’



Mugdha Sethi : Artist / Illustrator

Dr Madhumita Puri, Mental Health Expert, Founder, Trash to Cash

Dorothee , Auroville

Dhara Kabaria: Interior Designer

Talks on

  1. Connecting designers with social groups : Mugdha Sethi
  2. Livelihoods for mentally challenged with products out of waste: Dr. Madhumita Puri
  3. Construction blocks out of waste thermocol: An experiment : Dorothee
  4. Crafting products out of waste plastic bags, thermocol and aluminium foil packets: Dhara Kabaria

Discussing :

1. Ownership of social and environmental responsibility by designers
2. Craftsmanship vs skill development in under privileged communities
3. Copy left open source design
4. Collective design  – facilitating grassroots innovation
5. Valuing design – costing of collective design
6. Design that is culturally relevant – moving from ethnic to international
7. Telling the story – building value through the labels and packaging
8. Competition with monopolies
9. Materials – returning to natural materials and working with waste
10. Designing for disposal


Discussion facilitated by Khushru Irani and Manisha Gutman.


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Read more about The Loft here