KAVAAD

STORY-TELLING ARCHITECTURE

ABOUT THIS PROJECT

The Kavaad is originally a Rajasthani story-telling device. Typologically, it is structured as a miniature shrine that unfolds its surfaces in order to convey different passages of the Mahabharata or the Ramayana in a playful and engaging manner. As a stand-alone object -or we could even say, almost a portable temple- it allowed those who were not allowed into Hindu temples to access the stories and knowledge that were otherwise guarded by particular casts. 

Departing from these ideas of accessibility, playfulness, and mobility, we transformed the Kavaad into an architectural object capable of conveying different stories simultaneously, in such a way that the passer-by would be able to manipulate and shift the spatial arrangement and transform the circumstances of public engagement. Within the same pedagogical spirit of the original Kavaad, our proposal gravitates around the idea of communicating complex ideas in a simple manner, yet locating this strategy in the context of academia. More precisely, it was meant for our students from the Urban Design programme to expose and present their projects: such propositions were set within similar principles of action in the public realm, and hence the Kavaad itself became a mechanism to exemplify their overall pursuit.