So here I am, stranded in the city of Bangalore at my new home called Jaaga.
Jaaga is where I live, work, it is what I design and build.
The first time I saw the structure I had a corsair in mind, stranded in this city like I am. Jaaga bears the subtitle creative common ground and basically, this is the best of a short description you can give about this place. Another short description could be “a forward-thinking unity of high-tech and environmental sustainability” but that’s way too long for being an adequate subtitle.
Freeman Murray, a former technologist from the US and Archanah Prasad-Blagsvedt, an artist from Bangalore, decided last year to build a home for creativity and innovation. A structure built from pallet racks ( the ones you find in Supermarkets presenting all the products ) with different levels made from plywood. The building in basic was raised within a day and since then, many details have been fixed. Meanwhile, electricity and wireless are available and a couple of internet startups spending time here on their innovations.
But hear what Archana, Freeman and others are telling about the project in this documentary produced last year:
When I arrived one and a half weeks ago, I first met Naresh, a local architect who owns the ground where Jaaga is built on and provided it for this experiment. He asked me if I wanna join and not an hour later I was introduced to the team as the new temporary help. I didn’t know at that time what my job would be, but the atmosphere and the people made me instantly like it. My first job then was to create a 3d model of the building and to add some drafts for a vertical garden. This garden is the actual project and it’s huge. Eve Sibley, an artist from the US came over to India for designing and building this garden. The whole front facade and part of the side is gonna be COMPLETELY green – a green wall. And that’s what I’m involved in for the next 3 weeks. Concept, Design, experiments with the watering system and so on. We recieve support by Allison and her Design class from Srishti Design school ( I’m gonna be a teacher, Whooha! ) And in between, helping with the new website design, graphics ( I designed a shirt the other day…I show you as soon as it’s printed ) and all over planning the future of this place which is in a constant state of development and hopefully will never be finished.
Hear some more infos about the vertical garden:
To be honest, so far, this project has the qualification to be the perfect stop for my journeyman-mission. I already feel like a member of the team that finds attentive ears and in general, there is a lot to do – a lot, that I’d love to do.
Check the website and the blog where you find loads of actual videos, events and side-projects.