Research Priority Areas and Networking
CHCR conducts think tanks to brainstorm and identify the areas of research priority
with the core resource group with similar interests. It also connects all stakeholders
(SPA-faculty and students, other Institutes of higher learning, NGOs, government
agencies, consumers, users and service providers) to address these priority areas.
The center regularly organizes special lectures workshops, public exhibitions, conferences
and awareness campaigns on the concerning areas. In recent past it has organized
several national level events in collaboration with national and international organizations
like Archaeological Survey of India, National Institute of Orthropaedically Handicapped,
Arushi, DRONAH, Ability Unlimited, UNESCO, etc.
CHCR acts as a resource center to facilitate researches addressing people centric
studies in the built environment at local, regional and national level. The center
offers specialized academic courses in the related subjects and organizes training
workshops and student competitions. Some national level training programme includes
hands-on workshops and national student design competitions on the theme of ‘Inclusive
Design’ and ‘Universal Design for Exploring World Heritage Sites in India’. At international
level, the center recently conducted an international elective at National Institute
of Design on ‘Designs for Elderly’ and will conduct design studio on ‘Universal
Design for Cultural Interface in Sacred Site of Ujjain’ in the upcoming year under
Berkeley Prize endorsed by Department of Architecture, University of California,
Research and Design Development
CHCR Initiates and supports faculty and student projects in the identified priority
areas at School of Architecture and Planning, Bhopal. It also supports undergraduate,
postgraduate projects/studios and PhD research on the theme and sponsor faculty
projects. Some of the projects include low-cost disabled friendly toilets in Anganwadi
centers in association with Arushi and UNICEF, Universal Design India Project in
collaboration with NID, Ahmedabad etc. Some current PhD researches include, ‘Rethinking
Architectural Design to create Enabling Environments for the Indian Elderly’, ‘Working
with leftover: Spaces, Material, People’, ‘Planned evolution of Vernacular Architecture
to meet Needs of Urban Poor’ etc.
CHCR brings out publications on the subject for information sharing and developing
a body of knowledge to help architects, engineers, planners, designers and other
stakeholders, who work in this area. The center has published SPANDREL, an international
refereed journal on ‘Social Sustenance by Social Equity’ to address needs of the
vulnerable groups like persons with disabilities, children and elderly. It has also
published an annual calendar on universal design to disseminate Universal Design
India Principles and a monthly periodical for Design for All Institute of India.
The center is developing user friendly guidelines with illustrations on barrier-free
schools in Hindi, in association with an NGO Arushi. Another upcoming publication
of CHCR ‘Uniting Differences’ is based on winning entries of a Design Competition
on Inclusive Design.