5 - 19 February 2014

2014 Interdesign Mumbai

Humanising a Metropolis – 2014 Icsid Interdesign Mumbai
Under the theme of 'Humanising a Metropolis', the 2014 Icsid Interdesign will seek to address some of the social and infrastructure challenges facing the growing city of Mumbai (India). In order to yield more tangible solutions during the two-week workshop (from 5-19 February 2014), the Interdesign will focus on the Matunga locality situated in the central part of Mumbai.

Matunga is the northern part of a planned precinct characterised by low-rise residential areas, learning areas, defined green and urban spaces. With time, the precinct has changed drastically and has emerged as an educational hub with a sizeable demographic of approximately 50 000 students. The social and infrastructure services to support this academic environment have developed organically as a result and with a reduced percentage of open space. Finding innovative ways to deal with the changing fabric will be the challenge of the Icsid Interdesign under the following of sub-themes: university township; learning experience; shelter for out-of-town students; health care; nutrition; financial security; markets by the students and for the students; eco-friendly transportation; and entertainment & leisure.

In a partnership with Icsid, the Prin. L. N. Welingkar Institute of Management Development and Research's WeSchool will lead the Interdesign workshop, aiming to find lasting and practical solutions to some of the design problems the region is facing. Many of the design challenges and their solutions could later be applied in other Indian metropolises and other international emerging economies.

The 2014 Icsid Interdesign Mumbai presents a unique working environment and inspiring opportunity for participants to develop creative solutions for a serious problem. Through innovative research and collaborative work, participants can expect to share professional experience in an attempt to present solutions that will be adapted to the physical and cultural needs of the inhabitants. For the participating designer, the ‘humanising a metropolis’ initiative is a multi-disciplinary event to transfer, as well as expand professional expertise.

Participation in the Interdesign will be based on an application process. 40 individuals (20 international and 20 from India) with different design competences will participate in the workshop. In addition to this, there will be a number of expert advisors and support personnel on-site to facilitate the workshop.

For more information, please contact:

Dr. Pradeep Pendse
Dean IT / Business Design, Welingkar Institute of Management Development and Research
t: +91-22-24198405

Ms. Allison DaCosta
Project Manager, Icsid
t: +1 514 448 4949 x 235
e: adacosta@icsid.org

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What is an Icsid Interdesign?
An Icsid Interdesign is a two-week workshop where an international team of industrial designers and professionals from other disciplines come together to work collaboratively on a predetermined issue of regional and/or international significance. A host country identifies a particular problem specific to their country whose solution is applicable in other international contexts. Since the first interdesign workshop in 1971, Interdesign themes have ranged from being purely product design to opening discussions on more general topics.

About WeSchool
Prin. L. N. Welingkar Institute of Management Development and Research (WeSchool), Mumbai is a part of the Shikshana Prasaraka Mandali, Pune. The S. P. Mandali manages about 43 educational institutes in the state of Maharashtra.  WeSchool has two campuses, one in Mumbai the financial capital of India and another in Bengaluru, the IT capital of India.

WeSchool’s philosophy is to widen the impact of business and management education from corporate businesses to transforming the quality of life of individuals from various walks of life. "WeSchool" is therefore a symbol of the school and the people in society coming together to create a pool of wisdom from which various goals can be achieved. WeSchool provides a fresh perspective to trends and issues of management, by adapting 'design thinking' as an important pedagogic attribute taught by experienced design faculty.

Key dates

30 November 2013
Deadline to submit application

December 2013

Results of the pre-selection by Icsid Pre-Selection Committee

mid-December 2013
Publication of 2014 Icsid Interdesign Mumbai participants list 

5-19 February 2014
2014 Icsid Interdesign Mumbai


2014 Interdesign Mumbai brochure (PDF - 2MB)


Icsid Interdesign Mumbai 2014 promotional video

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