Our projects focus on 

the assets to measure the potential of the nonurban.  



1 May 2020

Framework for Autonomous Investments in Rural areas (FAIR)

To build an agro-based development model that promotes autonomous investments in rural areas. Under this framework, any national citizen either living abroad or within the country is allowed to engage in farming on a contractual basis where the production risks and profits are shared equally by the parties. Preliminary research Conducted in Theni Tamilnadu for a period of one year. Selected as one of the top scalable sustainable projects of 2020 in a call conducted by the Friendsforleadership network and UN75. Currently undergoing further research in collaboration with a research foundation in Chennai. To know more about the project, or collaborate on the project click the link below.


June 2021



Identifying the expansion potential of new-age sustainable small weaver's societies, and the global appeal of handloom products, the project aims to devise a model through which textile products be produced almost entirely within a village. Currently, the process remains extremely reliant on middlemen, thread manufacturers and urban retailers that eat up the junk of the profits. Alternatively, the idea is to build sustainable revenue generation models that explore micro-technologies and prevent exploitation of local artisans and the natural resources in weaving, non-urban societies.

Site : Anakaputhur, Chennai

Stage: Planning

Fellows: Nethra Ganesan, Kaavya Reddy,

Sudashan Ashok, Harini Ramisetty.



June 2021


Inspired by traditional water conservation systems that have stood the test of time, this project focuses on using novelly treated geotextiles and designing enhanced soil columns to improve percolation rates of surface water, hence supplementing the amount of ground-water while maintaining or enhancing the quality through the help of mathematical and theoretical modelling.

Stage: Pitching; Looking for funding for further development 

Fellows: Shashank Gupta, Jeel Doshi

Finalist in the Water Innovation Challenge 

jointly conducted by AIM India and Innovation centre Denmark.

Competition Ongoing.



September 2021


Rural communities have an unwritten but lived protocol of self-sufficiency, independence, and autonomy. Historically, residents of rural communities have always demonstrated resilience and strength through economic downturns, natural disasters, and demographic shifts. This project aims to crowdsource spatial information about rural assets that can inform local- and national-level planning and policy design. This can further facilitate community and stakeholder involvement in research and action towards asset-based sustainable rural development.

Stage: Planning; Fellows: Gopinath Gnanakumar

Thein Manimekalai Sowrirajan

Image by Chinmoy Borah



December 2021


What are the primary differences between a urban and

non-urban land? The demographics, economy and organisation system of the nonurbanism will be elucidated as part of this project. The key points include solutions to circumvent the needs for large scale government investment, micro-grid energy production, novel

forms of networking and investment opportunities. Primarily, Strengths of existing rural lands will be coded to determine the strategies for prospective investments and growth.