Rebuilding the Haadibadi Community library
Bengaluru City, India
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finalist 2021
Location:
Bengaluru City, India
Category:
education
Phase:
design development
Updated:
30 September 2021
Haadibadi community library strives to uplift the children from marginalised communities by providing a safe space for them to access books. It also encourages children to participate in a range of activities that will widen their horizons outside the classroom. It is located in the backyard of Bengaluru's IT hub, where urban dualism is prominent and inequalities between the affluent class and the underprivileged are starkly visible.
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Introduction
According to the 2011 census, the per capita investment in public library development in India is less than 50 paise (0.00567 Euros). There is approximately one rural library for every 11,500 people and one urban library for every 80,000 people. The vast majority of these libraries have not been updated, and their numbers are rapidly dwindling. 
As a consequence, the Haadibadi community library was set up in 2019. It aspires to provide a highly cognitive learning environment for children from disadvantaged communities, allowing them to eventually participate in and influence the development in the city. This place has become more essential in the present pandemic times when the learning gap has been exacerbated by a lack of access to technology.  In this context, the library acts as a catalyst in empowering the community and holds significant symbolic value for the marginalized.
 Over three thousand volumes are housed in the library, which is frequented by more than eighty-five children from the neighbourhood. It is more than just a place to borrow books. Experts from various fields visit and conduct workshops for children. 
The library is currently set up in the old residence of one of the community members. However, space is a huge constrain. The building is weak and the roofs leak, making the everyday operation of the library extremely difficult. There is a huge need to reconstruct this space to address the needs of the growing number of children.
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Impact
The process of rebuilding the library provides a tremendous opportunity for community engagement in the design and construction phases using participatory design approaches. The primary users, the children, are involved in the design process through a series of "claystorming" workshops. Casurina poles, which are commonly employed in the construction of scaffolding in the region, will be used for the primary structure of the library. This necessitates unskilled labour, which the community can provide. They will feel empowered and have a sense of ownership over the place as a result of the process, which will also strengthen their identity.
Haadibadi community library has more than one hundred members so far. It has reached out to more than five hundred students through partnerships with schools. In response to the growing number of users, the new design encapsulates spaces for more possibilities. In the long run, it will act as a hub for vast learning opportunities within the neighbourhood, serving more than a hundred.

The structure is simple to construct, and all of the materials can be obtained locally. It also has a high reuse value. This library will function as a self-built prototype that may be adopted in many locations throughout the city, particularly within marginalised communities. 
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Core team
A group of friends from diverse disciplines, including education, theatre, art, social service, and corporate, who were members of the Hashmi theatre forum, developed the Haadibadi community library. 
Five people make up the core team. Ravikiran Rajendran is a co-founder of the library. He is a theatre practitioner and actor by profession. Geetha M is an educationist specialising in language pedagogy and children's literature. She is in charge of creating the content for the library's initiatives. Bhushan is a manager at Inmobi, who oversees Haadibadi's engagement in the corporate sector and other initiatives.
Vijayashanthi and Vijetha Kumar work as assistant professors and are part of the core team. Along with Divya who is a facilitator at the library who also manages promotions and the website.

Tejaswini Krishna, an architect, is leading the design process through participatory methods and community engagement. The children have been greatly involved in the design process and construction labourers from the community will be involved in the building phase.
Core team and the community

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Existing building

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Interior view of the existing building

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Library reading session

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Neighbourhood

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Children from neighbourhood

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Claystorming

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Ground floor plan

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First floor plan

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Second floor plan

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Wall section

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Exploded axonometric view

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Front elevation

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Interior view

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Interior view

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Phases of budget

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Where are we now
The design and budget for the project have been finalised.  A series of claystorming sessions were conducted to teach the children about intuitive thinking, spatial design, and natural building while also allowing them to voice their ideas for this space.
However, there is a huge need to raise funds for the initiation of the construction process. The budget attempts to direct the majority of the funds back into the community by utilising locally available building materials and involving the labour force within the community. Volunteers are welcome to take part in the building process and be part of the change.
An indication of our team’s capacity:
70% expertise already found
30% materials / equipment already found
60% builders already found
Finance: € 16,585
This project focuses on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)  of eliminating inequality and delivering quality education in order to create sustainable communities. With additional funding, we can take one step closer to creating a sustainable future for all, especially for the underserved communities.
Haadibadi is an endeavour to change the status quo of marginalised children by providing them with access to a variety of learning opportunities. It gives people a place to find their voice and become aware of their rights in the face of growing inequality. This effort will serve as a prototype self-build solution for the underprivileged to create such centres in their communities.
  • Casurina poles (Structure, door
3,425
  • Shuttering boards for wall panels and book shelves
500
  • Roofing materials (metal
700
  • Miscellaneous ( Tools, transport)
200
  • 6 Skilled labourers for 120 days
7,000
  • 4 Unskilled labourers for 120 days
3,560
  • Transportation,food and rent for project manager
1,200
Skills: Design, Financial advice, Law & Politics
Design
For structural design, expert guidance is required to save material costs by eliminating the unnecessary.

Financial advice
We would like  some guidance on how to set up a sustainable process to generate revenue for the project's execution because it currently does not have sufficient capital.

Politics and law
The Haadibadi library is built on private land owned by one of the founders. In the long run, libraries must be incorporated into urban planning. We would need advice in order to influence policymaking at the city level and modify the governmental perspective on public spaces.
Hands
It's a fantastic opportunity for students, architects, and anybody interested in building with natural materials to receive hands-on experience and skills. Volunteers will engage with community construction workers during the construction phase. This interaction will provide a tremendous chance for knowledge sharing, skills transfer, and improved motivation for the personal development of both the volunteers and community members. Volunteers will be able to see the power of community participation and be a part of making a difference.
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