Bengal

Part 1

Bengal is a geographical region found in India. It comprises of the Indian state of west Bengal and part of Bangladesh. Its capital city is Kolkata, which is the main educational and commercial hub.

The region of Bengal is the most densely populated countries in the world, with a population of over 250 Million people with a population density of 900/km². The language spoken throughout the region is Bengali, and the population is known to be a mix of Indo-Aryan, Dravidian, Austric and Tibeto-Burman ancestry

Its main forms of income come from agriculture, making up 67% of its labour force. In addition to this, trade and craft makeup the remainder.

The two major religions which are practiced in the region of Bengal are Islam and Hinduism.

The gross GDP for West Bengal is $150 billion as of 2011 and ranks the state of west Bengal

http://www.encyclopedia.com/topic/Bengali.aspx

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bengali_people

 The Flag of Bangladeshhttps://i1.wp.com/www.mapsnworld.com/bangladesh/bangladesh-flag.jpg

 The Flag of West Bengal (KolKata)

File:20th Century Pre-Independence Calcutta Flag of India.png

The Region

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Infograph

https://i1.wp.com/pages.mapsofworld.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/02/bengali-infographic-thumb.jpg

My Infographic

http://infogr.am/Bengal-3665309731

 

Part 2

IMI, Kolkata by Abin Design Studio

IMI, Kolkata,

–          Educational Facility

http://www.architecturenewsplus.com/projects/1681

This is an educational building built by Abin Design Studio for a school in west Bengal. The building is located within thick urban fabric and is a state of the arts educational facility. Its laminated and lively façade is a representation of the creativity of you and the unpredictability of nature. A structure which is inspired by its immediate surroundings

Mulo Ambulance

–          Patient transportation

http://www.behance.net/gallery/Mulo-Ambulance/10530077

This is a project by a Mumbai based design student, Smruti Adya. An ambulance which takes advantage of human power, solar energy and electric motors. I like this design because it takes into account the culture around bicycles as a mode of transportation in West Bengal. The ambulances will be for single patient use and will be human powered.

the toul stool   moulded jute fiber furniture

The Toul Stool

–          Furniture

http://www.designboom.com/design/the-toul-stool-moulded-jute-fibre-furniture/

Using Traditional Jute weaving methods, joran briand, corentin de chatelperron
and frédéric morand collaborated to create a furniture piece which would utilise the Hessian handicraft of Bengal in a new methods. Creating seats from Resin Casts and Jute Fibre. Creating a strong and effective composite material which helps local economy through the purchasing of Jute Weave from local factories.

Part 3

https://i0.wp.com/www.designboom.com/wp-content/dbsub/345933/2013-01-21/img_4_1358776079_4df02f3ec9ee68dded1a67505ba0cc98.jpg

The Toul Stool is quite an interesting piece as it utilises local crafts with immense heritage in West Bengal, to create a new product and bring value of the local handicraft into another market.

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The piece is made from a negative foam mould. The Jute Sheet is weaved in a local factory and brought to a workshop in west Bengal. The jute sheet is then cut out into a template and layered over the mould. It is covered in resin until is sets, after polishing the piece is a sturdy piece of hard Jute sheeting (the same material used in Hessian and burlap. I like this idea as it utilises only local workshops and factories, and could create an upscale market for an otherwise predominantly handicraft material.

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