Sanjeev Shankar uses his training in design, science, and architecture to merge traditional knowledge with contemporary patterns and nurture positive socio-economic-ecological impact. Over the last decade, he has inspired communities globally and explored a critical agenda for collective well-being through rigorous field research, experimentation, and an inclusive, hands-on methodology. A recipient of the Chevening Fellowship from Britain and DAAD fellowship from Germany, he was shortlisted for the Emerging Architecture award in London, has won the Outstanding Young Engineer award in Geneva, and was awarded the “10 Great Ideas to Change the World” award in Mumbai. Read more about his work online at

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Approximately two-thirds of India’s population of 833 million people resides in rural areas, with one-fourth of that population living below the poverty line. These individuals are forced to endure inadequate infrastructure, as well as poor access to services, resources, and markets. Rural connectivity during emergencies remains an …

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