The Eames India Report makes for an amazingly interesting read and providing a great insight into the practices for instruction that should be taken into perspective by a design institute, with large relevance to India as a country with capabilities to create great designers.
With large variance within the country in cultures, geography and people questioning the what elements making up the “standard of living” and the values inherent in the country and working up from there is what the report lays down as the basic guideline for design instruction and implementation.
India has been undergoing a very speedy transition from the very start of its autonomy and before. With the rising momentum from the outside world, communication hit India with a large impact resulting in the urgency of an institute of design studies. Now, almost 4 decades the situation does still remain similar considering the lack of design schools and faculty within India and how fast the the upgrades in technology keep happening.
The lota was among the most common elements of in the daily life of an everyday Indian. Corrected over time and with multiple iterations and variations in shape and material, it is among the simplest example of traditional design. The idea of creating many more such designs as a part of a faster process with the service, love and dignity for each is a noble vision. At this point a few questions do arise in my mind, “How much will the acceleration affect the quality of the end product?” , ” How much will India appreciate design as an essential process for progress?” and “How long will it take for India as a whole to respect and accept design as a field of study? ” The current scenario still being that a majority of the country lacks the knowledge and appreciation for design as a profession.
The trainees in a multidisciplinary field should themselves be free of preconceived notions. True at first architects do seem an easy choice for training, there are o restrictions on the other fields and with an equal or greater enthusiasm, they would make for even more interesting students. Today, the students come fro varied field and areas. The greater worry though is the grabbing of students by the private industry. A very select few go for the many other options possible. Of the ones taken up by the private industry, a tiny number eventually find themselves experiencing and implementing design as a process.
The scope of disciplines is diverse and hence, so is the faculty. Yet what catches my eye in this part of the report is the following line, it aims to provide an advice as a part of the selection process for the faculty, “ Beware of a professional/specialist who when confronted with a problem having to do with design – seems suddenly to abandon the disciples of his own profession and put on his art-hat.” But how would you judge that? What are boundaries between art and design and how flexible are they? Given the strong interlinking between the two it does provide a debatable confusion.
The report it puts forth interesting questions pushing you into creating more of your own. India as a country has come a long way yet the report still proves to be meaningful, relatable and implementable even today.