The Homegrown Streets project sees undervalued artisanal communities as a resource and acknowledges their skills and craftsmanship. Additionally, it recognises and supports the live-work typology they developed for their neighborhoods. The project aims to give local contractors and artisans a platform in the discourse around architecture and design. In the first phase, we identified 20 houses on Sangam Gully, a homegrown street. We met the present owners and renters, learned about their experiences, and discussed their plans.
We shared the briefs from these conversations with contractors from different parts of the city who work in similar dense fabric. Before designing the house, the contractors considered all the needs, concerns and aspirations of the existing home. The contractors covered several parameters in discussions of these home designs, including the socio-spatial arrangements, building style and methods, material usage, and other aspects. The contractors discussed these designs with the artisans specializing in leather, glass, steel, wood and clay, who would convert these ideas into handcrafted multimedia models of tool houses.