Inspiration, NYC Culture


The concept of Jugaad, roughly translated from Hindi, means to “make do”. To be a Jugaadu is to be resourceful, clever, and the ultimate creative problem solver.

This concept is presented at The Center for Architecture’s current exhibit “Jugaad Urbanism: Resourceful Strategies for Indian Cities” focusing on patch-worked communities in Delhi, Mumbai, Ahmedabad and Pune, that improvise energy solutions with jerry-rigged cars, homemade stoves, and do-it-yourself water filtration systems. The show illustrates how these innovations born of necessity provide important lessons to city planning agencies, NGOs, and designers alike.

The show is organized into “resource” categories: Land, Water, Energy and Transportation. Juxtaposed with the images of DIY solutions are examples of proposed design solutions. Highlights include an energy-generating spinning machine that charges a transistor radio and a lamp with a decorative shade. A home water filtration system is composed of two buckets and an affordable filter that can last up to 14 years.

While most architecture exhibits focus on high design and cutting-edge technology, this exhibit offers a way to approach the economic, environmental and design challenges facing the world’s rapidly growing cities from an alternative, sustainable perspective.

The Center for Architecture
536 LaGuardia Place
NY, NY 10012

Gallery Hours
Mon-Fri: 9am to 8pm
Sat: 11am to 5pm


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