Design Innovation and Craft Resource Centre (DICRC)

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About Design Inovation and Craft Resource Centre (DICRC), CEPT University, Ahmedabad, India
Description Design Innovation and Craft Resource Centre (DICRC), CEPT University, India functions as an research centre for the development and understanding of Indian Crafts (SMC – Space Making Crafts and Surface Narrative Crafts) of Traditional and Vernacular Buildings of India. Its one of the objective is to integrate the traditional knowledge and craft practices in current Interior-Architecture sector as well as design education. It has five major focus areas, which are Research & Documentation, Innovation and Development, Education and Training, Application and Collaboration and lastly Resource Building & Dissemination. Its main activities are to conduct dedicated research, documentation and organize programs, workshops and projects related to Craft and Traditional and Vernacular Interior Architecture. These are realized through detailed research, mapping, documentation, and analysis of Craft and Traditional and Vernacular built environment; SMC workshops and Innovation internship programs; Trainings, curriculum development for craft and providing a platform for discussion, seminar, and forum for role of craft in Interior Architecture at national and International level.
Mission Focus Areas

Research & Documentation

To identify, map, undertake research, conduct investigations, document and analyze the Traditional and Vernacular Buildings (TVBs) and the Traditional and Vernacular Crafts (TVCs) of India.

TVB focuses on the of wealth of knowledge that lies in the traditional and vernacular built heritage and TVC focuses towards building a huge repository of crafts; Space Making Crafts (SMCs) and Surface Narrative Crafts (SNC’s) by documenting crafts, techniques, craftspersons, craft communities and clusters.

Innovation & Development

To conduct Collaborative Craft-Design workshops, craft innovation internship and fellowship programs related to Space Making Crafts (SMCs) and Surface Narrative Crafts (SNCs) with the core idea of ‘innovation in craft’ and ‘innovation through craft’.

Education & Training

To develop various craft based educational modules, conduct lectures, seminars and training programmes. Craft curriculum and design kits and other learning materials to be developed for the craftspeople as well as designers.

Application and Collaboration

To create and develop effective relationships leading to collaborative activities and synergies involving design partnerships with industry, business, universities NGOs, other organizations and various individuals related to the craft sector. To undertake Craft-Design and Craft-Research projects towards understanding the multi layered structure of craft practices in India.

Resource Building & Dissemination

To collect, categorize and classify data for the dissemination and to increase awareness within society about Space Making Crafts, Space Narrative Crafts and Traditional and vernacular buildings in India. The information will be dissemination through online Crafts Design Resource Lab, exhibitions and print media.
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