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Khoj's latest venture raises concerns on environment depletion

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

An intriguing inverted glass pot housing plants that grow as the temperature within changes, in a 12-minute long video, seems to cry out loud in an attempt to draw attention to the rapidly degrading environment.

Amidst topping the charts as the city with the most polluted air, Khoj residency in Khirkee extension, ponders over human sustainability in the future, given the relentless environment degradation, through their ongoing exhibition, "The Undivided Mind."


Blurring the lines between art and science, it "offers an alternate view for a future city and a way to project and achieve an environment-friendly urban life."

Works of art and science are on display explaining the need for the creation of "habitable spaces."

This is done by means of posters, collages, photographs, info-graphics and videos created and assembled by CAAS (City As A Spaceship) Collective which includes Susmita Mohanty, Barbara Imhof, and Sue Fairburn along with based artist, Rohini Devasher.

"The aim of the exhibition is to draw a parallel between earth and outer space, bringing into focus issues like sustainability, recycling and efficient use of limited natural resources," says Sushmita Mohanty, a spaceship designer and aerospace entrepreneur.

"Through our collages that juxtapose various living environments on Earth and that in space, we want to create a dialogue that earth and space are not exclusive of each other," says Sue Fairburn, a Design Educator and Researcher

"In fact, we re-imagine KHOJ, Khirkee and the surrounding areas of as a spaceship. The studio is also a mini space-station," Mohanty adds.

The exhibition seems to offer another an alternate view, for a future city and a way to project and achieve our dreams and visions of an equitable and environment-friendly urban life.

An interview footage of several environment experts, including Arunva Dasgupta of School of Planning and Architecture and Satwik Mudgal of Centre for Science and Environment, sheds light of the perpetually deteriorating state of the eco-system while emphasising the need for recycling, rain water harvesting, and adopting a proper attitude towards the environment.

Satwik Mudgal, for instance, pointed out how the idea of being rich does not go beyond having a house and a car, to having healthy air to breathe and clean water to drink.

Taking a dig at the policy makers while criticising the concept of smart cities, which are largely "focussed on growth," Mohanty asserts that the initiative to improve the "quality of life" is missing in such policies.

First Published: Sun, March 01 2015. 14:43 IST
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