A Gandhian Framework for Social Design: The Work of Laurie Baker and Hunnarshala

  • Saurabh TewariEmail author
  • Nipun Prabhakar
  • Saurabh Popli
Conference paper
Part of the Smart Innovation, Systems and Technologies book series (SIST, volume 66)


The paper examines the ideas and works of two architectural design practices, Hunnarshala and Laurie Baker that emerged over a period of time in different geographies. The paper argues that their architectural practices reflect consistent Gandhian ethos and highlight discursive elements of a Gandhian framework. The paper employs a reflexive ‘making-sense’ of actual, lived experience; reading them as ‘texts’ using as a lens, the works of thinkers and practitioners in the field of social design, including ideas on grassroots creativity and innovation. As derivation, it advances a unified framework for social design and innovation that transcends distinctions of scale, time, and geography, as a Gandhian framework, where one may contextualize various design and innovation practices within the spectrum.


Gandhi Social design Laurie baker Hunnarshala Sustainability 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Saurabh Tewari
    • 1
    Email author
  • Nipun Prabhakar
    • 2
  • Saurabh Popli
    • 2
  1. 1.Design ProgrammeIndian Institute of Technology KanpurKanpurIndia
  2. 2.Department of ArchitectureSchool of Planning and ArchitectureBhopalIndia

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