SEARCH (Trust for Sustainable Education and Action in Architecture) and RCGSIDM, IIT Kharagpur have organised a 7 day workshop at Kolkata, which focusses on the Kolkata’s original canal (Khal in Bengali) network, the backbone of the drainage system in the city for about three centuries, which has deteriorated over the years due to unchecked growth and related land-fill, lack of periodic maintenance, poor management of waste-water & solid waste. Kolkata suffered terrible water-logging for over a week in September 2006. Situation has been better since then, yet there are lots to be done. Besides that, most of these water channels and large drains are stinking, dirty and unhygienic negative spaces within the city.
The workshop will explore the potentials of the drains/ nullahs/ canals, and, taking inputs from multi-disciplinary intellectual exchanges, and would look into the Ideas and Proposals to convert such unused spaces into environmentally sustainable and socially appropriate public places and mobility corridors.