Living with the Senses

The Indian Institute of Management (IIMs) were created by the Indian Government with the aim of identifying the brightest intellectual talent available in the student community of India and training it in the best management techniques available in the world, to ultimately create a pool of elite managers to manage and lead the various sections of the Indian economy. In 2009, the Indian government decided to start six new IIMs including IIM Udaipur. The permanent campus of the institute is being built presently and the institute is functioning from a temporary campus in a rented building in the regional Mohan Lal Sukhadia University.

As a premiere step in propagating the inherent ways of leadership while initiating development; at IIMU we aim to create leaders who appreciate sustainability, social responsibility and have a sense of environmental consciousness. Quoting Mr. Winston Churchill who has very aptly said, “We shape our buildings; thereafter they shape us.” Embedded with the principles as stated above, we believed that campus could be that winning factor for the success of this goal.

I started out as Project Manager for the institute to monitor the campus development activities and suggest sustainable techniques which should be built into the design. In a little while it was realised that the environment of the current (temporary) campus needs to be realigned for a soothing setting for the present students. In the parallel, the space was also running short to meet the requirements. I hence prepared a proposal to construct a support wing with a spill-out space for the students. The construction system proposed stressed on encouraging waste, local and energy efficient materials. The project was thus aimed to be an asset, an example standing upright for the permanent campus.

Extension wing in the present campus of IIM Udaipur

Extension wing in the present campus of IIM Udaipur

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We all here have realised that this has brought a visible change in the manner people use to think and believe. Everyone as started appreciating nature, sustainable initiatives and environment around. People take a moment out from their busy lives to look and appreciate the surroundings. They stop over to put the garbage lying on a pathway to put it in the dustbin and they take pride in it.

Thus, we have established in our own sense that living with the senses is the way to be. Design should be done for all the senses as then they activate, act and appreciate.

#The details on the project and each part of it would be shared in the subsequent posts.

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