IIID concludes the ﬁrst phase of ‘Karona Kuch’
The initiative was started to battle COVID-19 with innovative design solutions that will soon be shared with government officials
Nearly 10,000 members of the Institute of Indian Interior Designers (IIID) ideated to come up with design interventions that can help the nation in its ﬁght against COVID-19. The initiative, labelled ‘Karona Kuch’, received over 130 design submissions within a span of less than two weeks. All submissions have been compiled into a document that was released across India on April 17, 2020; copies shall be sent to Chief Ministers, Chief Secretaries, the heads of disaster management teams and NGOs.
‘Karona Kuch’ is a call to action to the design community to ideate and propose solutions, sketches, speciﬁcations, techniques, designs or any other interventions that have the potential to help protect and save lives. These ideas shall help all constituents of the economy to undertake disaster recovery and business continuity in the short term; and to work on building a humane and sustainable world in the long run. In fact, these ideas from the design community are for the beneﬁt of all who can beneﬁt from them.
IIID launched the initiative on March 27, 2020; reputed architects such as Gayathri Shetty of Bengaluru, Rahul Dalvi of Vadodara, and Paresh Kapade of Indore, led the initiative. The responses that IIID received are so telling of the success of the initiative. Ideas from ‘Hope on Wheels’, to 15-minute makeshift beds, to plastic ﬁle masks, are telling of the spirit of Indian innovation.
“Design is about augmenting an existing situation and, if so, today with an unprecedented situation that challenges the very existence of the human race, design is more needed than any other day,” explained Jabeen Zacharias, president, IIID.