S C A T T E R

"Bangalore was called the city of gardens not just because of the confined spaces that formed parks, but because of elements like greenery and the atmosphere that replicated the feeling of actual gardens and parks."

Background:

With the growing population and pollution levels, there arises a need for us to think and evaluate before making any contribution to the well being of our surroundings. There has been a sudden rise in the plantation of ornamental plants which do not attract any sort of biodiversity. There is essentially a need for planned afforestation of plant species that are native to the locality, which eventually increases the amount of biodiversity attracted to the area.

What is Scatter:

By looking at guerilla gardening as a method to initiate Planned afforestation of native species of plants, Scatter is a system that engages a young audience along with a relatively elder audience in the habit of neighborhood gardening.

Objective:

Bringing together communities that work towards a positive transformation of their city, and creating an impact on what the future holds for our planet. 

Who are the stakeholders?

What are the concerns addressed?

  • Restoration of the ecology around the city

  • Building a healthy community among people with different age groups

  • Introduction of new age methods of gardening

Students

Area Residents

Schools/Colleges

Who are the stakeholders?

A quick and easy way of doing things

Sharing a healthy relationship with the community

Having a record of all that they own or contribute towards

How does SCATTERwork?

 

SCATTER is an application designed to facilitate the system, People are introduced to the app when they are given free seed balls from their colleges who are one of the key stakeholders and facilitators of this system. On a collection of the seed balls, the following steps take place, where the first step is the identification of the spaces that can accommodate a certain native plant. This is done as per the concept of Guerrilla gardening, where we take abandoned, unused or unauthorized sites to plan out and plant seeds. 

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On placing the seed ball the guerrilla way, the steps that follow are

  1. Getting updates on the weather and climate in relation to the plant.

  2. A list of ways one can source the things required to keep the process going.

  3. A way to stay connected to the people part of this community of guerrilla gardeners.

The aim was to make people think about their decision of choosing which species of seed to plant.

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Explore the entire application by yourself here

How do residents play a role?

The following customer journey map conveys how and where do the local residents intervene in the process. Here the user is taken as a hero trying to cross a level in a game.

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Challenges 

 

Irrigation was one of the main challenges for this system. Any plant needs a constant lookout for water at least for the first 2 months until it's a few odd feet tall when it can start sourcing its own water through self irrigation. Thus, this product is a bottle-like container that I designed for catalyzing the irrigation process. Here the bottle cap and the container are attached with a fabric mesh used in strainers, so when the user opens the bottle cap, it doesn't detach itself from the body of the bottle but starts letting tiny droplets of water out for drip irrigation. The elongated node that is on the side, is for the bottle to be planted in the ground at a favorable angle, as and when required.

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The following system blueprint was designed to understand and convey both the front and the back end of the system with regards to its stakeholders, elements and attributes

Some of the keys values that are intended to be projected by this project are

CONSCIOUSNESS

for our ecology and environment

CREATIVE COLLABORATION

among citizens of the planet

INVENTION

of a new tomorrow

Image by Ashley Whitlatch
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