Working in partnerships with the community, local authorities and leaders is the sincerest way to bridge the gap between everyone’s needs and aspirations. The Delhi Anganwadi project is one such experiment in co-design and collaborative building. In response to a growing demand for a safe space for kids in an informal community, architects, local authorities, grassroots organisations and the local community came together to build an Anganwadi. This partnership not only brought forth the needs and priorities of all stakeholders but working in collaboration helped even out the inherent power imbalances present between the community and the professionals through knowledge transfer and skill sharing on both sides. The project allowed us to align all needs, wants and aspirations towards a shared vision for the community and maybe even the city.
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