City and community making in India

Niini Mendonca's interest in traditional construction methods and Kali Marnane's passion for designing community gathering spaces recently led them to India to work for The Anganwadi Project where they designed and built a preschool for underprivileged children. The preschool is situated in the Ramapir No Tekro slum in Ahmedabad and accommodates 25 children to provide a flexible, safe and beautiful place for learning. The process of being immersed in the slum for five months cemented Niini and Kali’s passion for working with local communities to achieve better design outcomes.

Kali is now a PhD Candidate at the University of Queensland. Her current research is an extension of her experiences in India, studying the public spaces and cultural heritage of informal settlements. Niini is working for COX Architecture, currently based in Brisbane.