Bengaluru: 10by10 Studio, a design hub based in Bengaluru, was recently recognised for its innovative ideas by Smart Cities Council India (a private, non-government, for-profit organisation) at the Smart Urbanation Convention and Expo. One such idea that won the studio recognition was LVL AWSM, a proposal to reclaim under-utilised spaces in the city and turn them green. To repair the damage by urbanisation, 10by10 says the project gives back to nature the area occupied by building footprints through urban farming and restoration of ecology.
To substantiate the message, 10by10 ran a terrace greening campaign, which involved re-imagination of ‘free’ terrace spaces in commercial buildings to incorporate wellness and entertainment facilities for employees. The studio says it has already achieved considerable success in implementing this idea, having transformed 12 rooftops in Bengaluru. This has created 46 acres of green carpet and added 12,198 trees to the city’s green belt, they claim.
The studio estimates that 174 citizens engage with the benefits of LVL AWSM every day. The project has produced 120 kilograms of vegetables so far and saved Rs 18 lakh for its clients, says the company.
While LVL AWSM has benefits for individuals, it works at a larger scale of impact in townships and cities says 10by10. The one-time investment sets off a chain reaction that can gradually reverse and reclaim ecology, the company explains.
Rajesh Das, Director at 10by10 Studio, says that several MNCs are lining up to avail his design services as pressure on them to demonstrate how eco-friendly they are is mounting, especially from the employees. Meanwhile, Tata Consultancy Services launched a TCS Intelligent Urban Exchange Command Centre for Smart Cities this week.
India has made it mandatory for all companies that meet certain financial thresholds to allocate a minimum of 2% of their net profits towards Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR); that is why the studio plans to incorporate the spatial design intervention with yearly CSR initiatives put forward by companies. Last week, Indus Dictum reported about President Kovind presenting India’s first National CSR Award to TechnipFMC.
Das is especially interested in collaborating with RE100 companies – influential businesses committed to 100% renewable energy – thereby adding a new dimension to environment and sustainability. Earlier this month, Indus Dictum reported on one such RE100 partnership: Tata Power and the Rockefeller Foundation are setting up a renewable energy microgrid that will support 100,000 rural enterprises, create 10,000 new green jobs, and provide irrigation for over 400,000 local farmers.
10by10 studio’s other innovative ideas that got acknowledged at the event were: Smart Poles advocating the idea of environmentally-feasible street poles; Portaccompactibility, a portable and foldable housing prototype to accommodate lower economic strata of the society; and a Delivery Vehicle For Disabled.