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Sara Anand

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Major project:

Intimate Collectivities: Street as an Infrastructure for Care

The project is an attempt to reinterpret the ‘Healthy Streets for London’ strategy beyond a provision of mobility infrastructures. By challenging the divide between public and private of modern city planning and its associated practices of intimacy and care, the project imagines a diverse and active occupation of the street – beyond retail. It proposes a strategic network of self-care amenities at a neighbourhood level – toilets, bathing, drinking water and resting spaces – that encourage a distributed life in the city. The proposal expands urban planning and design to include varying speeds and modes of operation as an alternative to the intense activity based conceptualisation of the street. Consequently, it makes caring for the body a visible activity, occurring in the public realm. Urinating, defecating, bathing, washing, resting become, as much a decent and moral activity as walking, running or cycling.


  • I am a multi-disciplinary designer and researcher, investigating the politics of city making and planning. My design-led research inquiries – from the scale of an object to an urban plan – attempt to rethink contemporary physical and digital environments as inclusive social infrastructures. 
  • Previous degrees

  • Professional Diploma in Product and Interface Design | Srishti School of Art, Design and Technology (2012)
  • Experiences

  • Senior Design Associate | Final Mile Consulting – Mumbai (June 2016 – August 2017); Researcher | Strelka Institute for Media Architecture and Design – Moscow (October 2015 - April 2016); Designer | carbon12 creative – Mumbai (October 2013 – September 2015); Fellow | UnBox Labs 2014 – Ahmedabad, Mumbai (February - December 2014); Intern | Creation Centre – Berlin (November 2011 – January 2012); Intern | Monkey Business – Mumbai (August - October 2011); Intern | Lucid Design – Bengaluru (June - July 2011); Intern | Dovetail Furniture Pvt. Ltd. – Bengaluru (June – July 2010); Visual Designer | Travacco Network India Pvt. Ltd. ( – Mumbai (July – August 2009); Intern | Rekha Goyal Ceramic Studio – Mumbai (May 2009)
  • Exhibitions

  • Show | Royal College of Art – London (January 2019); Work-in-progress Show | Royal College of Art – London (June 2018); Work-in-progress Show | Royal College of Art – London (January 2018); The UnBox Festival – New Delhi (December 2014); GradShow | Srishti School of Art, Design & Technology – Bengaluru (December 2012); Intelligent Exceptions | Srishti School of Art, Design & Technology – Bengaluru (December 2010); Kalpaneya Yatre | Jawaharlal Nehru Planetarium – Bengaluru (October 2010); Young Design | Designstore – Bengaluru (August 2010); Srishti Interim | Jaaga – Bengaluru (December 2009)
  • Funding

  • Tata Education and Development Trusts (Studies Abroad Individual Grant); RCA (Student Bursary)
  • Sponsors

  • Research pursued under the guidance of practice mentor Dan Hill at Arup Digital Studio
Royal College of Art