How do we design our societies and products for climate change? Can the natural world show the way?

With the climate crisis upon us, we've seen more cities underwater this year than ever before. The rise in sea levels have been mapped over a 50-year horizon however the high tides coupled with monsoons brought the river Mandovi into the capital city of Panaji this year, with water levels already marking heights predicted far in the future.

As it turns out, no one has thought of 'Plan B'. How does one handle the fallout of this, its impact on the citizens and businesses that make Panaji their home? This can take the form of micro-interventions ( fill up basements and lift ground floors higher?), planning ( concentrate settlement on the hills? ), transport ( water scooters and taxi's?), new policies and by-laws encouraging green buffer zones and re-organizing settlement over a multi-year horizon.

Can we work together using maps and data of this compact city, setting out case scenarios, infrastructure and architecture that is ready for the future? Can we establish criteria that other coastal cities can draw from and implement further to ready themselves for the future?

What will you learn from this workshop?

This workshop is intended to make you aware of the importance of resilience in human systems, to be able to withstand future shock. It will enable you to design better (more resilient) policies for application in the real world, and, more importantly, explain to the receiving stakeholders why it is important to create a policy that will be sufficiently flexible to take chances in the surroundings in the future, whether the change be cultural, physical, climatic, or economic.

Who can participate?

Students and practitioners of design (architects, planners, researchers) natural systems designers, (ecologists, biologists, research scientists, especially in the area of natural systems and wildlife) and human systems designers (politicians, bureaucrats, administrators, systems thinkers, social scientists).





About the mentor:

Sanjay Prakash, B. Arch., A.I.I.A., is an architect with a commitment to energy-conscious architecture, eco-friendly design, people’s participation in planning, music, and production design.


SHiFt is a group of building technologists oriented towards design for the future – not a future that is extrapolated from the past with high consumption and waste but a future that is sufficient, regenerative, and efficient. Known for innovative approaches to architecture and project management, energy-efficient architecture, eco-friendly design, and people's participation in planning, this multi-disciplinary team consists mainly of architects, engineers, and project managers with varying backgrounds, promoting innovation and efficiency.

Mohan S Rao is an Environmental Design & Landscape Architecture professional, and the principal designer of the leading multi-disciplinary consultancy practice, Integrated Design (INDÉ), based in Bangalore. His core expertise is in the field of environmental design, regional planning and landscape architecture with a strong focus on sustainable practices in city & regional planning, disaster management, heritage conservation and master planning.


This festival is an initiative of Kokum, a not-for-profit design trust based in Goa, India.

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