15:00 - 16:40
Session: S30
[Urban and the Rural] + Design
Communities of Making - A Visual Exploration of Rural Makerspaces in India
Maker Cultures; Sustainability; Community Engagement; Digital Making; Materiality
Katharina B VONES

This pictorial seeks to capture both the tangible and intangible aspects of site visits to Makerspaces situated in rural India. While over twenty-five Makerspaces across four regions were documented through conversational interviews, photography, sketching and reflective writing for the project, only a small selection of this wealth of visual and factual information, with a particular focus on rural locations, has been compiled in this pictorial. It provides a rich tapestry of Indian maker cultures, their contribution to local communities, and how these spaces interpret their role as facilitators of creation within the complex global narratives of sustainability.