The word ‘Lari’ is the Gujarati denomination for a common street cart, which is extensively used for the commercial infrastructure of India’s urbanity. It is the backbone of informal commerce and the economic sustenance for millions of citizens. As a design object, it is incredibly versatile despite its simplicity, it is remarkably accessible on account of its economical components, but -most importantly- it is a fundamental participant of the Indian public landscape.
As a way to value the Lari in the academic environment and legitimize its utilization in the context of urban planning and design, we adopted this structure and applied it directly into the format of an end-semester exhibition. While the expectation for this kind of display entails a static, independently-curated, and clean-aesthetic format, we proposed a moving exhibition constructed with the students that was mounted over rented, old Laris.
The idea in that manner, was not only to make the student’s proposals something which could be set in different contexts -presented to diverse audiences, offered in unexpected circumstances- but simultaneously giving the students the agency to exhibit their work as they saw fit, as a manner to offer and test their ideas within larger contexts and even opposing audiences.