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Journey Worth Talking: Truly Retail being a catalyst in Baker’s Cafe Thrive

Every journey has its own genre in which there is combination of its culture and innovations. Here there is also a Journey of Bakers Café initiated with the vision of bringing catalyst effect with the effort of teamwork worth documenting & bringing in life.

It started from the miniature town of siddpur of patan district. The town in itself is an historical place famous for its beautiful/magnificent havelis or bohras medieval homes. The wooden architecture of the bohra house, the art & galis/street gave a life to siddpur. With that note, a new concept was developed and communicated by the orginiator of our visionary man, the mentor of Hearty mart.

The important part was to create an upmark ideas which speaks about the vision and aspirations of the café. A small brief carried was to establish the manufacturing set up & small café. The USP of providing “FRESH PRODUCT” to the town where it all started & BAKERS CAFÉ got an identity and value of “FRESH OVEN MAKES”

With the brief, we designers started with the process of designing the set up & café with the following elements.

Process of Retail Design


The first element is the identity of bakers café, created through the cast iron pole which gives a look of vintage. It also have wooden bakers café signage hunged with the pole.

Building Elevation

The building elevation is of exposed brick wall which brings the identity of siddhpur street. Its elevation is created with the effect of brick wall shadow effect.

Retail Interior Space

The vintage orange light creates an aura of café with the combination of the bakers café element.

Experience Seating

Sitting arrangement is always the space where interaction is there. To have an aura of light and perfect wall it gives space to enjoy the café food.

Experience of the Cafe

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How design can help resolve water crisis?

How design can help resolve water crisis

By Udhaya Shankar

We know that earth is covered with 70% water, of which 97.5% is salt water and 2.5% is fresh water. Even in this 2.5%, glaciers account for 69.5%, ground water account for 30.1% and surface water 0.4%.

Globally 80% of the waste/untreated water flows back into the social ecosystem. World Economic Forum ranks water crises as the world’s third greatest risk by impact. In our contemporary world the migration of people towards urban context is at higher rate. The world population is growing rapidly, in which the birth rate is three times the death rate (15,000 birth/hr. > 6,316 death/hr. – as per UN July_2018 report). This is the crucial problem of the developing countries since it leads to creation of slums and the consumption of unhygienic water. Hence the demand for portable water also increases rapidly at a higher rate.

Our country is responsible for 25% of the global annual extraction of groundwater. According to the World Bank, India will exhaust its fresh water by 2050 at the current rate. (Source – Clean India Journal). Currently only 25% of India’s population has drinking water on their premises. (Source – World Health Organization).

In Ahmedabad the ground water level ranges from 80.4 m – 565.4 m. The city has 16 stepwells but the sad part is most of them are dried-up or lack maintenance.’ (Source – India Times)

Every community, one way or another is affected due to water contingency. There are places where water is available, but it causes more harm than do good. Due to poor infrastructure the untreated water/ unhygienic water goes into ecosystem thus causing health related issues. The other places are simply deprived of portable water. Therefore, as designers it is our responsibility to provide sustainable measures to save water while planning.

On an average, 168 litres of grey water is generated by a family of four members per day, which can be treated through several innovative strategies in design. This water can later be utilised for other activities like gardening and flushing instead of letting it drain away into sewers.


How design can help us in solving the problem?

For a sustainable development, the basic strategy is to integrate the 3R’s while designing.


Reduce – use the low flow fixtures:

We should enhance the efficiency of plumbing fixtures, thereby minimizing portable water use. We must take care by using water efficient plumbing fixture where the flow rate is less than 8% of the base line criteria.

Reuse – use the treated waste water:

We must treat waste water generated on site to avoid polluting the receiving stream and make use of treated water to reduce the dependency on potable water. There are many simple strategies to treat waste water. One such method is known as the Root Zone Method.

Recharge – Rain Water Harvesting:

Rain is a precious resource, we must make use of it and don’t just let it just drain away to ocean. We must enhance ground water table and reduce municipal water demand through effective RWH system. We can design rain water harvesting system to capture at least ‘one day rainfall’ runoff volume from roof and non-roof areas.

It has been rightly said:

“The war of this century were fought over oil, the wars of the next century will be fought over water.” – Ismail Serageldin


We must work diligently to save it.

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