Punyashlok Ahilyadevi Holkar Community Halls
Who was Punyashlok Ahilyadevi Holkar?
Punyashlok Ahilyadevi Holkar was born in the state of Maharashtra and reigned over the Maratha Malwa Kingdom from 1757 to 1795. She is revered for being a strong and just ruler, a military leader, a mother, and a patron of art and architecture.
Punyashlok Ahilyadevi Holkar was empathetic and accessible to all she served. She is also responsible for building many temples, ghats, wells, water tanks, and rest-houses across the country of India. We aim to honor her spirit and her example through both community engagement and the built environment.
Our charge: to design and build community halls in honor of Punyashlok Ahilyadevi Holkar in 100 villages across the state of Maharashtra.
The community halls are designed to be sustainable, low-maintenance, flexible spaces, that provide multi-functional and multi-use interior and exterior public spaces.
Our goal: to better understand the unique challenges and opportunities in each village - to gain insight into the inner-workings of the communities that will use the community hall and for what uses - to build community investment in the project.
Workshop #1: A public presentation paired with an open conversation with all interested stakeholders, that serves to build trust between community members and government officials, as well as between community members and the design team.
Workshop #2: A drawing workshop to glean inspiration and art work to be included in the new building, that allows community members to become an integral part of the project.