For long, urban planning authorities have ignored slums, however these slums are incredible engines for the cities growth and transformation. Despite their seeming chaos, slums are in fact energetic, efficient and purposeful. Slums are places of enterprise, creativity and frugal innovation known colloquially in Hindi as “JUGAAD”. Navi Rajdou in his book “Jugaad innovation, Think Frugal, Be Flexible, Generate Breakthrough growth” defines Jugaad as an innovative fix or a simple work- around used for solutions that bend rules.
Key principles of Jugaad such as “do more with less” or “think and act with flexibility” ” resonate with key ideas of sustainability. In most slums Jugaad is literally a way of life. From recycling plastic bottles, wasteful electronic parts discarded metal parts, these slum dwellers use their imagination to make something out of these discarded objects. Rightly put by the Guardian; Waste not want not defines the lifestyle of these slums.
What if the concept of Jugaad could be scaled up to do more; to make a difference?
What if one could employ Jugaad to enhance the cultural or social aspect of a particular space?
What if we as architects could design an object of happiness for the slum dwellers?
Meet C# Slum orchestra. Recycled beat box. Wheel of happiness.
C# is a musical instrument made from those every day “useless” objects found on streets through Jugaad. A melodious solace to the lives of these slum dwellers. A symbol of hope ,a harbinger of happiness, C# would not only change the way lack luster slum spaces would behave but also inspire further works of “JUGAAD” urbanism .C# combines string, percussion and wind instruments harmoniously.
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