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Lab4Living at GRIHA sustainability summit in New Delhi’s India Habitat Centre

19 Dec 2022

Prof Paul Chamberlain and Heath Reed participated in a major sustainability conference in India last week. The 14th GRIHA summit at India Habitat Centre in New Delhi was themed ‘Towards Net Positive Habits’. Paul presented and joined an international panel, while Heath Reed co-ordinated the ‘Responsible Lifestyles‘ session and showcased the Playponics installation.

Paul Chamberlain presented and discussed his work exploring the 100 year life and the Future Home (which is a core enquiry of the Research England E3 project) in the session on Housing Morphosis – Vernacular to Modern. He also joined the main plenary discussion panel. Heath Reed co-ordinated the Responsible Lifestyles session, in which participants discussed the lifestyle impacts of individuals on health and how to simplify greener lifestyle choices for community building.

Heath Reed and Paul Chamberlain at GRIHA summit, New Delhi

Over 600 people were expected to attend this year sustainability summit in person on 15th-16th December, with 2000 more attending online. The annual GRIHA summit provides a national and international platform for discussing sustainability issues, aiming to combat climate change and support happier and healthier lives for all.

Installing the Playponics equipment prior to the 14th GRIHA Summit at India Habitat Centre, New Delhi
Installing the Playponics equipment prior to the 14th GRIHA Summit at India Habitat Centre, New Delhi

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Heath was in Delhi last month to install the interactive exhibit Playponics play equipment at India Habitat Centre for a schools event which preceded the main GRIHA summit. 50 schools took part in a performance competition themed on sustainability, and were given the opportunity to try out the Playponics equipment.

Delegates try out the equipment as Heath shows them round
Heath introduces the Playponics concept and installation

Heath presented the Playponics concepts at the 2019 summit following his initial Lab4Living research trip to India in 2019 with design researcher Andy Stanton.

Partnership with GRIHA Council

Lab4Living partner GRIHA Council is a non-profit organisation set up by The Energy Resources Institute (TERI) for India’s government to promote and administer the development of sustainable buildings and habitats through a building environmental rating system. Lab4Living is collaborating with GRIHA on some of the human aspects of buildings, and the ways design can be used to explore how people can be supported to stay longer in their homes as they age.

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